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Ontario's most authentic pubs

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Ontario's most authentic pubs

Traiano | Jul 23, 2008 06:52 PM

Which pubs in Ontario are the real deal? That is, a pub which has a saloon, a snug, a counter, even a "beer engine", here in Ontario, that could totally pass for a pub in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Of course, the best pubs also reflect the locality, and would bring a flavour of the area into it. But like Italian restaurants, the majority of places are ersatz-pubs.

I like Toronto's Duke of Gloucester, on Yonge Street, South of Bloor. It could use some spit and polish, but the ploughman's lunch is quite good, and it has the right feel.

Long gone is Guelph's Duke of Grafton, started by John Sleeman, of Sleeman's Brewery. They'd roast a bull once a year back in the day. And they had Younger's Tartan on draught.

Do you know of pubs which have the right space but lack the proper décor, food, atmosphere or beverages? Pubs that could be good but come up short? Which Canadian micro-brewery beer would work best in the pub?

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