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

Radical Road Brewing Company’s The Wayward Son Belgium Style Golden Ale matured in Pinot Noir Barrels

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Pours golden yellow with lots of effervescence and a slight haze. The head recedes almost as rapidly as it builds. Bit of banana on the nose. The initial sweetness on the palate reminds me of the sweet corn paste in the tamales at Tacos El Asador on Bloor. Warming-up in the glass there’s an increasing Chardonnay-like quality on the nose and lots of citrus and sour cherry on the palate.