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