Just brew it! Those three words are the unofficial credo of Toronto’s ever-expanding band of brewers. Between the stalwarts and an upstart network of home-brewers-turned-maestros, the landscape is more dynamic than ever. Robin LeBlanc and Jordan St. John’s Ontario Craft Beer Guide (Dundurn Press, $16.99), a hugely useful new intro to the beautiful madness that is the current scene, lists hundreds of Ontario breweries – 150 of them established in the last four years. Who knows? By the time this issue hits the street, 10 more may have opened. (Kidding – kind of.) Now let’s get to what this hotbed has to offer. In the interest of brevity and sanity, we’ve stuck to bricks-and-mortar breweries. Hope you’re thirsty.
Patio season is finally here. After another long winter (and maddening, mercurial spring), it’s time to pull up a chair outside, then stay there until well after Labour Day. We tend to make the most of our summer heat, which is why you’ll likely end up jockeying for space no matter what patio you end up on – but here’s where the connoisseurs (and by that we mean us) will be drinking this summer, from tried-and-true haunts to brand-new territory. Hit the deck!
Toronto is home to a bounty of bars: neighbourhood nooks for cozy quiet nights and destinations for booze-fuelled adult recreation. And increasingly, places are striving to curate unique experiences that will help shape the future of a thriving bar scene with lots of room to grow. There are just too many great bars to jam onto one little list, but whether you’re looking to sip or slosh, we think these spots highlight the diversity of Toronto after dark.