Ten years ago the first Yonge Street Pub Crawl technically started at Yonge & Queens Quay—in-front of Captain John’s floating seafood
eyesore, money-pit, restaurant. But really it started at The Irish Embassy because only one person met me at the start of Yonge Street. (Thanks again, Beth!) Since that day in 2005 the crawl has never returned to any part of Yonge south of The 3 Brewers.
Now, on our final leg, we will once again venture all the way down to the water and into a phalanx of high-rise condos that weren’t even a glint in a land developer’s eye a decade ago.
What was once a gastronomical wasteland is now blanketed by ground floor restaurants and pubs. Seriously, you could do a block crawl along Yonge, Queens Quay, Bay and Lake Shore and hit no less than three bars and six restaurants.
And because one of those drinking establishments is located at 10 Yonge Street, our last bar on the crawl will be the Firkin on Harbour.
But that won’t be our LAST stop.
This August will witness not only the end of the Yonge Street Pub Crawl but also the end of an era for the Toronto harbour front. Captain John’s floating seafood restaurant is scheduled to be removed from its mooring at Yonge and Queens Quay on August 22. So, for our last stop, we will crawl into the shadow of its rusting bow that hangs over the end/start of Yonge Street and say a final toast to ten years of good times had on the longest street in the world*.
Hope to see you there.