Feeling slouchy and unproductive? Choose one of these spots, order a stunner of a brew, invite your best buds, and get your play on.
Pool & Poker
Located just outside the financial district, the Charlotte Room is more gentlemen’s club than dirty pool hall. Rent a well-manicured table for $18 per hour or host a poker tourney at one or more of their four tables ($80 per table for a five-hour session). Choose from a tap list dominated by Mill Street, Unibroue, and Sleeman.
› 19 Charlotte St., 416-591-1738.
Pegasus on Church hosts a laid-back Euchre tourney every Sunday from 2–5 p.m. Choose from nine beer taps—the selection switches frequently. You’ll also find pool tables, pinball machines, electronic dartboards, and trivia.
› 489B Church St., 416-927-8832.
Pinball Wizards & Family Fun
Take the kids for brunch at 3030 Dundas West (Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.) and let them choose from a wall of board games—or spot them some change so they can test-drive one of the bar’s vintage pinball machines. That’ll give you just enough time to try Kensington Brewery’s new TILT, a bright, floral wheat beer inspired by the city’s pinball revival.
› 3030 Dundas St. W., 416-769-5736.
Beer and brooms
How about easing into autumn with a live curling match and a beer, eh? East-enders can knock back a pint of Steam Whistle or Wellington Pale Ale at the Royal Canadian Curling Club on Broadview. For those in the west, the High Park Club offers at least 10 brews on tap, including Conductor’s Craft Ale, brewed by club member and Junction Craft Brewery brewmaster Doug Pengelly. Take in a game on weeknights between 7 and 11 p.m. or join a beginner’s league and play.
› Royal Canadian Curling Club, 131 Broadview Ave., 416-461-0251.
› High Park Club, 100 Indian Rd., 416-536-8054.
Whether you’re crazy for Settlers of Catan or you just want to make googly eyes at your date through the gaps of your Jenga tower, hit up one of the city’s two board-game hotspots. At Snakes & Lattes*, you can get your game on with a bowl of veggie chips, while GO in Parkdale has four craft taps and a solid bottle list—plus a retro-style Pac-Man machine that actually takes quarters.
› Snakes & Lattes, 600 Bloor St. W., 647-342-9299.
› GO, 1718 Queen St. W., 416-588-7529.
Cash in on your years of tube time at the Gladstone’s TV-trivia night, held on the first Tuesday of each month. Or, if you’re looking for a quiz night with stellar prizes and a craft beer list to match, try Stout Irish Pub’s PubStumpers every Tuesday. Foodies looking to secure one of nine spots at Cheesewerks’ bi-monthly Food Fight Trivia Nights should book a few weeks in advance (try some fondue with Beau’s Lug Tread and you’ll be in heaven). Jeopardy lovers can book a table at Cardinal Rule and down pints of Wellington SPA or one of seven other beers on tap.
› The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635.
› Stout Irish: 221 Carlton St., 647-344-7676.
› Cheesewerks, 56 Bathurst St., 416-243-3327.
› Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-352-0202.
CORRECTION, SEPT. 17, 2013: The original version of this article claimed Snakes and Lattes currrently serves alcohol; it has not done so since June 2013. It will resume offering its selection of alcoholic beverages at an as-yet undetermined date.