The Final Yonge Street Pub Crawl

[NOTE: The crawl may be over but you can still DONATE to the cause. ]

We didn’t make it to Rainy River but we reached the end-of-the-line.

On Saturday August 16, 2014 a group of friends gathered for the 10th and final time to spend a day pub-crawling along the longest street in the world.

As always our numbers fluctuated throughout the day but, ultimately, fourteen intrepid adventurers joined us for all or part of the crawl.

We managed to sell all of our remaining YSPC t-shirts and increase our ten year grand total to $3,770.00 raised for Right To Play.

I’d like to thank everyone who came out over the past decade to support this event. Without you the Yonge Street Pub Crawl wouldn’t have been a success, and I’d have been that pathetic guy bar-hopping all by himself.

A lot of things have changed in the last ten years. None of us are the same people we were when we dreamed-up this crazy idea. We’ve gotten married, bought houses and started families. The time is right to take our bow.

Should someone else desire to take-up the cause and continue the crawl I wish them all the best and would offer the following advice gleaned over the years:

  1. Have a plan but be open to suggestions
    (that’s how I discovered barVolo)
  2. Choose quality over quantity
    (15 bars may sound like a good idea but trust me, it’s not)
  3. If someone RSVPs ‘Maybe’, they’re not coming
    (maybe is not a response; it’s a deflection)
  4. Strive to design a t-shirt someone will actually wear in the real world once the event is finished
    (also, screen printing is THE BEST)
  5. People LOVE buttons
    (honestly, you can never have enough buttons)

Cheers,
Eric Brazier

About The Cause:
Right To Play
is 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

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)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause

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

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

Always Yonge – A ride for Right To Play

Recently I was contacted by Lynn Moffatt from the hip-hop performance group Side Pony Nation to let me know about an amazing adventure they are undertaking that, like the Yonge Street Pub Crawl, is also raising money for Right To Play.

From September 18 – 29, 2013 Lynn and her partner-in-crime Tanya Casole-Gouveia will join Ryan Malfara on a bike trek of 1,896 KM along the entire length of Yonge Street (aka Highway 11).

You can donate to the cause at http://alwaysyonge.com. If you would like to offer your support in-person there are two opportunities to do so.

On Thursday Sept 12 there will be a “Send-Off Party” at Alley Catz.

For the more actively inclined, the final 90 KM leg of the journey from Barrie to the Toronto Waterfront will be an open group ride. There will be a bus to take participants up to Barrie. More details are available on their facebook page.

The Yonge Street Pub Crawl

Photos from the 9th Yonge Street Pub Crawl