Crown & Tiger
For beer drinkers trying to squeeze the most booze out of a buck, the Crown & Tiger offers a tough choice: $10 pitchers or four domestic bottles for $12. For those who want to up the ante, they also offer four shots of Jägermeister or tequila for $12.
414 College St., 416-920-3115.
The Dog’s Bollocks
Don’t let the name fool you: We checked with our resident Brit, and he assures us that dog’s testicles have nothing but positive connotations. Not only does this Queen West watering hole have $10 pitchers of beer and a great pool table, it also serves a totally decent butter chicken.
817 Queen St. W., 647-350-6496.
Far from the French Riviera experience, this subterranean College hot spot offers a no-frills route to boozing it up. If you’re fed up with $10 pitchers of Amsterdam Blonde or Steam Whistle, you can always go for a 32 oz. mini-pitcher of sangria, pina colada, strawberry daiquiri or Cuba libre (just a fancy way of saying rum and coke). Hit the back patio on Thursdays and you’ll also get raffle tickets with every drink you order.
422 College St., 416-963-9416.
The Imperial Pub and Library
Long before Dundas Square, The Library pub was an off-the-beaten-path dive known only to Ryerson University students. Now that it’s inherited a high profile address, it’s still an off-the-beaten-path dive that’s visible to anyone who watches Breakfast Television. The $6 pints of Moosehead are the cheapest beer deal we could find in the vicinity.
54 Dundas St. E., 416-977-4667
The cheap drink deals and great location have made this Annex bar a U of T institution. Students come from far and wide to enjoy the patio and booze bargains that vary every night of the week: $3 frosted mugs of Steam Whistle on Sundays, PBR on Wednesdays and $3 bar-rail shots on Mondays and Thursdays.
298 Brunswick Ave., 416-925-7775.
The Madison Avenue Pub
Everybody knows the Maddy (if you don’t, you will eventually). The massive Victorian house contains no less than 12 bars, and has its very own piano room. You can explore this place endlessly, but chances are you’ll end up somewhere on the five-level patio with one of their under-$5 pints in your hand. (Domestic bottles and bar-rail shots are $3 on Thursdays and there are half-price wings on Wednesday.) The Maddy is also the go-to hangout for U of T sorority girls, fraternity bros and those who just wish they were.
14 Madison Ave., 416-927-1722, madisonavenuepub.com.
The Lakeview Restaurant
This 24/7 diner seems to be equally packed at 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. Whether that’s because of the retro root beer floats or the killer $3 mimosas and $4 caesars probably depends on the time of day. Head here post-bar for some of the best people-watching in the city.
1132 Dundas St. W., 416-850-8886, thelakeviewrestaurant.ca
Every Wednesday, you can pretend that you’re a classy-drink drunk at Hey Lucy. Try one of 20-plus martinis for only $3.99. On the weekend, come back the morning after for brunch and a little hair of the dog: two-for-one mimosas.
440 Bloor St. W., 416-967-9670. heylucy.ca
The brewery circuit
Taking a brewery tour, or “brew tew,” means that you’ll come away with more than a buzz—you might actually learn something about how suds are made. Steam Whistle offers a tour of its brewery for $10, along with a sampling of its pilsner and a souvenir tasting glass or retro bottle opener. Hit up the Amsterdam brewery for a tasting and product-knowledge session where you can try 10 different styles of beer on tap.
Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd., 1-866-240-2337, steamwhistle.ca. Max 15 people, reservations Monday–Thursday, first-come first-served Fri–Sun. Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst St., 416-504-6882, amsterdambeer.com. Fri and Sat 1–6 p.m., every hour on the hour.
Every Friday, U of T engineering students (or really, any U of T student) can get a wristband for a free beer at “Steins.” Just show your student ID at Suds, located in the basement of the Sanford Fleming building. Or enjoy Ein-Steins’ $10 pitchers any day of the week.
229 College St., 416-597-8346, ein-stein.ca
Toby’s Famous Eatery
This Bathurst and College stalwart is actually more famous for its OSAP-friendly drinks than its food. Choose from one of five different drafts to fill a $10 pitcher. Or grab one of the 32 oz. cocktail pitchers.
411 College St., 416-925-9908.