Better Know A YSPC Bar (The Final 3): The Irish Embassy Pub, Firkin on Harbour & Captain John’s

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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.

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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.

Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
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Better Know A YSPC Bar: The 3 Brewers/Les 3 Brasseurs @Les3BrasseursCa

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For a few years, when the Yonge Street Pub Crawl used to meet/start in Yonge-Dundas Square, we would take a slight dip south to The 3 Brewers before heading north. Then we stopped doing that.

This year since we’re crawling south down Yonge we’ll be back to sample their fine house-brewed beers.

Yonge Street Pub Crawl for Right To Play
Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause

Better Know A YSPC Bar: Elephant & Castle on Yonge @elephantcastle

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The Elephant and Castle on Yonge is one of those bars that seems as though it’s always been there. It never feels dated, nor trendy. It’s as though it exists out of time. A constant around which everything else changes.

This E&C’s timelessness is enhanced by the beautiful building it inhabits, an early 20th-century former bank building—complete with downstairs bank vault!

We hope you can join the Yonge Street Pub Crawl this Saturday to check it out:

Yonge Street Pub Crawl to raise money for Right To Play
Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause

Better Know A YSPC Bar: barVolo

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The first Yonge Street Pub Crawl almost didn’t visit barVolo in 2005.

No one on the crawl had ever been there before, and from across the street it looked more like a restaurant than the craftbeer Mecca it is. Luckily one of our more ambitious participants (thanks, Ken!) insisted, “Well, its got ‘bar’ in the name….”

In the ten years since that first encounter barVolo’s importance in the Ontario craft beer movement has grown exponentially.

The bar has become a hub for all thinks beer. They’ve built an import agency to bring in beer from small breweries that consumers previously couldn’t get in Ontario. They created the wildly successful Cask Days real ale beer festival which has grown from a one night event on their patio to a three day festival that takes over the Evergreen Brick Works. And they’ve opened their own nano brewery to brew their own experimental batches of craft beer.

BarVolo is a always a highlight of the crawl. We hope to see you there:

Yonge Street Pub Crawl to raise money for Right To Play
Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause

Better Know A YSPC Bar: Crown & Dragon Pub

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The Crown & Dragon IS chicken wings. They offer them in 23 different flavours and all are worth a try at least once.

In addition to chicken wing flavours, the other thing in abundance at the Crown & Dragon is entertainer’s headshots. Being just up the street from MTV Canada’s Masonic Temple, they’ve had their fair share of actors, musicians and comedians pass though for a pre or post show drink.

Come join us as the Yonge Street Pub Crawl pays its final visit to the C&D:

Yonge Street Pub Crawl for Right To Play
Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause

Better Know A YSPC Bar: The Rebel House

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The Yonge Street Pub Crawl actually visited The Rebel House on our first crawl in 2005. Sadly no photographic evidence exists because it was about the 15th drinking establishment we had visited that day and the designated photographer “forgot” to get a picture with everyone out front.

Since returning the crawl to the downtown portion of Yonge Street, The Rebel House has traditionally been the second-last stop of the day.

The Rebel House has been promoting and serving Ontario-centric food and drink well before it because the ubiquitous trend it is today. They serve only Ontario micro-breweries on tap and only Canadian beer and ale in bottles. There food is also top-notch gastropub fare.

Hopefully we will see you there for the 10th Yonge Street Pub Crawl:

Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause

Yonge Street Pub Crawl’s Throwback Thursday

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Throwback to the start of the first ever Yonge Street Pub Crawl in 2005 when my friend Beth was the only person to show up at Captain John’s for the 10am start time.

Join the 10th Yonge Street Pub Crawl for @RightToPlayCAN

Sat Aug 16th
starting 1:00PM at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street

Then heading to:
The Rebel House, 1068 Yonge Street (north of Rosedale Stn)

Crown & Dragon Pub, 890 Yonge Street @ Church / Davenport

Bar Volo, 587 Yonge Street (north of Wellesley)

Elephant & Castle, 378 Yonge Street @ Gerrard

The Three Brewers, 275 Yonge Street (south of Dundas Stn)

The Irish Embassy, 49 Yonge Street (south of King Stn)

Firkin on Harbour, 10 Yonge Street (south of Lakeshore Blvd.)

Please make a contribution to Right To Play at the Yonge Street Pub Crawl donation page:

Better Know A YSPC Bar: The Monk’s Table

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The Yonge Street Pub Crawl and The Monk’s Table go way back.

So far back that it was called The Abbot on the Hill when the YSPC visited it for the first time nine years ago.

But whichever name was on the sign out-front, the people inside have always been huge supporters of the event.

In fact for that first visit they opened-up just so we could stop-in. The Monk’s Table is now such a Summerhill staple it’s hard to remember a time when it was a fledgling bar trying to build it’s clientele and only open Monday-Friday evenings.

I’d like to think that opening for the YSPC that Saturday in 2006 helped piqué local interest in their now bustling brunch hour, but the truth is the quality of The Monk’s Table’s service, fare and (most importantly) beer did that all on its own.

Since the downtown reboot of the YSPC in 2009, The Monk’s Table has traditionally been the last stop on the crawl. This year, since we’re heading south down Yonge rather than up, it will be our first—for brunch.

See you there:
Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause

The Yonge Street Pub Crawl

Photos from the 9th Yonge Street Pub Crawl

The 8th annual Yonge Street Pub Crawl (YSPC) in Toronto

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For the past 8 years intrepid adventurers and denizens of Toronto have gathered to march up “The Longest Street in the World” in search of good times and in support of the charity Right To Play.

You are invited to join us Saturday August 18th at 1:00 PM

Starting from the South-East corner of Yonge & Dundas there are seven planned stops on the 2012 YSPC:

  1. The Three Brewers, 275 Yonge Street (south of The Square)
  2. Elephant & Castle, 378 Yonge Street @ Gerrard
  3. Bar Volo, 587 Yonge Street (north of Wellesley)
  4. Brownstone Bistro, 603 Yonge Street (south of Bloor)
  5. Crown & Dragon Pub, 890 Yonge Street @ Church / Davenport
  6. The Rebel House, 1068 Yonge Street (north of Rosedale Stn)
  7. The Monk’s Table, 1276 Yonge Street (north of Summerhill Stn)

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Participants are asked to make a suggested donation of $10.00 either in-person or online at RightToPlay.ca 
(Please note: Tax receipts for in-person donations require valid email address to be provided and will be emailed to the donor within a week after the event.)

The Cause
All proceeds will go to Right To Play, an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. For more information please visit RightToPlay.ca

T-SHIRTS
We also have YSPC t-shirt for sale in a limited number of sizes. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt please contact events@semisolidmedia.com

HISTORY
The YSPC was started in 2005 by a group of friends who wanted to see just how many bars there were on ‘the longest street in the world’ and how many could they have a drink at in one day.

Seven years later the YSPC is an annual fundraising event that takes place on the 3rd Saturday in August and has raised over $1,200.00 for charity.

Not bad for a group of people looking for an excuse to drink all day.

Click the READ MORE link below to view bar-front images from our first five crawls:

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