Killer Craft Beer Joints in Toronto

By Suresh Doss  |  November 15, 2013

The city has gone mad for craft beer - recently cookbook author David Ort (Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook) took us on a tour of some of his favourite craft beer joints that feature interesting small-batch brews.

  • Bellwoods Brewery

    Arguably Toronto's hottest craft beer restaurant, Bellwoods Brewery features a rotating beer list that will appease even the geekiest of craft beer aficionados. Aged Baltic porter, dubbed Donkey Venom, is one of the breweries' most popular brews. All beers are available in taste form in case you can't choose just one. Bellwoods also has a retail store attached to the restaurant where a number of the house brews can be purchased by the growler. A snack menu complements the beer list, and the kitchen is open late. The restaurant is small and doesn't take reservations, so go early to avoid disappointment. 

    124 Ossington Ave.; 416-535-4586

  • 3030

    The Junction's 3030 is part concert venue, part snack bar and part craft beer hall. Trini chef Adisa Glasgow features one of the tastiest snack menus at a craft beer restaurant, with popular items like butter chicken wings, a delicious mushroom tart and pigtail torta. Over 15 taps are dedicated to featuring some of the most interesting beers in Ontario. 

    3030 Dundas St. W,; 416-769-5736

  • Bar Volo

    Before all the craft beer restaurants, there was Bar Volo's critically acclaimed craft beer list. Located on Yonge street, Bar Volo offers a carefully selected rotation of craft beers on tap and by the bottle. The list is updated daily, and Bar Volo is known for hosting sell-out events featuring many local craft breweries that participate in tap takeovers. 

    587 Yonge St.; 416-928-0008

  • Indie Ale House

    Located in the heart of Toronto's Junction district, Indie Ale House is craft brewery, restaurant and retail store all rolled into one package. Taps mounted on a re-purposed South American wood fridge draws from the brewery's housemade brews. The focus is flavour-rich indie ales in a variety of styles from double IPA, sours and porters. The menu fully utilises the kitchen's wood-fired pizza oven and wood smoker, serving shareable plates perfect to scarf down while you make your way through the seasonal beer offerings. Do not leave without trying the spicy BBQ mahogany ribs, served with crumbled cashews. 

    2876 Dundas St. W.; 416-760-9691

  • Bar Hop

    This King West craft beer house features one of the best Ontario craft beer lists in the city. A daily selection rotates from over 30 brews on tap, along with a well-chosen bottle list. The restaurant's popular 'Session Sundays' features a select number of Ontario beers at $5 pints. The shareable bistro-themed food menu often features items that are cooked with beers. Bar Hop does not take reservations and fills up fast daily.

    391 King St. W.; 647-352-7476