We already know that Toronto is a city that likes its beer, especially craft beer. But another beverage on the up and up in Toronto is cider. We now have Canada’s first bar dedicated to the bubbly beverage (which we’ll get to) and there are numerous bars across the city that offer a wide selection of craft ciders from Ontario and around the world, whether on tap or in bottles or both. So it’s safe to say that cider is staking its claim alongside beer, and craft cider can now even be found in various Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores.
And I’m also willing to bet there will be even more cider-centric places popping up in the next little while and if so, I’ll be sure to update this post.
From pubs to restaurants to smaller bars, it’s not hard to find a place to get your cider fix in Toronto and here are 10 to add to your list.
1. Her Father’s Cider Bar & Kitchen
Canada’s first cider bar opened in Toronto in May and it was an instant hit with interest continuing to grow. The welcoming, light-filled space in Harbord Village serves more than 80 types of cider by the bottle as well as having 12 rotating taps of Ontario craft ciders. Ciders are broken into five categories: dry, semi-sweet, sweet and specialty ciders, fruit and infused ciders and pear and ice ciders. If you’re overwhelmed about what to try – don’t be. Helpful staff will put together a flight for you based on your flavour preferences.
You’re likely to find more than a few ciders you fall in love with here. I know I did and I can’t wait to head back to try more.
2. The Craft Brasserie & Grille
This sprawling pub in Liberty Village serves up an extensive menu of beers, but cider fans will also be happy to know that there are three ciders on tap including West Avenue Heritage Dry, Spirit Tree Estate Draught Cider and Spirit Tree Estate Dry-Hopped Cider. Pair your cider with something from the large menu of salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and pub favourites.
3. Tequila Bookworm
Queen West’s Tequila Bookworm exclusively serves Ontario produced beer, wine and cider so you won’t find any Strongbow cider here. Imported beverages have their place, but instead, cider-wise at Tequila Bookworm you can expect the bar to always have two local ciders on tap (what’s available varies) and a good selection of ciders in bottles and cans. This is a cozy space, perfect for a date night or catching up with friends over a few drinks.
Grab a seat at one of the communal tables at this King West restaurant that specializes in craft beer, cider and artisanal sausages and feel as if you’ve stepped into a lively German beer hall. Choose from 25 different sausages including three vegetarian options and pair it with a cider of which there are more than 20 in bottles from Ontario, California, Vermont, France and Spain. Ciders on tap rotate regularly – check out WVRST on Twitter to keep up on what’s available.
Barhop and its second location, Barhop Brewco are known city-wide for their impressive beer list, which includes 36 craft beers on tap as well as rotating cask selections and a mind-boggling array of bottles. But cider fans will also find lots of options to choose from, including several in bottles and three or four on tap, of which the selection changes weekly. Check their website for the full list updated weekly.
6. Bier Markt
This is another beer-focused venue that hasn’t forgot about all the cider lovers out there. There are four Toronto locations to choose from including one in Etobicoke and you’re in the mood for cider you can choose from several in bottles and on tap. A cider is usually part of their feature taps and the “sweet and sour” beer flight even includes two ciders: Brickworks Ciderhouse Batch: 1904 Cider Rekorderlig Passionfruit Cider.
7. Bar Begonia
The latest restaurant in the growing eatery empire from chef Anthony Rose (Fat Pasha, Big Crow, Rose and Sons, etc.) is Bar Begonia, which opened up in a space on Dupont St. that sat empty for years. The Parisian-style cocktail bar in the Annex carries several ciders in bottles and cans including ciders from Ontario (West Avenue, Rebel Cider, Empire Cider) and some from France and Spain. Bar Begonia also boasts a pretty side patio as well as a bocce court in the back for summer game time fun.
8. The Only Café
The Only Café on the Danforth has been in the business of serving beer for over 30 years and not just any beer. Their focus has always been on craft and fine imported beers of which they carry over 230 bottles and cans as well as 25 local craft brews on tap. Not to be a bar to neglect cider fans, The Only has several rotating ciders on tap, the current count is five. These include ciders from West Avenue, Spirit Tree, Revel and Twin Pines Orchards.
9. The Queen and Beaver Public House
In addition to stocking an impressive beer list and scratch-making most of what they serve, The Queen and Beaver Public House also serves up some ciders for anyone looking for a spot to sip their go-to beverage. You can expect Pommie’s Farmhouse Cider on tap as well as Spirit Tree Cider and West Avenue Heritage Dry in bottles.
10. Bar Volo
Bar Volo might be closing up its original location soon, but they’ll be setting up shop in a new space so you won’t have to worry about missing out on their mind-blowing roster of beverages, one that includes 20+ rotating regional beers, wines and ciders on tap along with six traditional cask-conditioned ales and a selection of rare bottled beers and ciders. The ciders they have available vary according to the season, but expect what’s on offer to be rare and hard to find.