67 Front East, 416-867-9499, cestwhat.com
The first time I wandered in I was convinced I’d crossed the threshold into a magical land of beer, and my perception hasn’t altered much since. One of Toronto’s OG brew pubs, C’est What is to beer what Rodney’s is to oysters: a no-fail subterranean den of delights. “Toronto’s local” is the kind of place you can’t help but develop a soft spot for. Taps pour a combo of local craft beer (Black Oak, Flying Monkeys, McAuslan, Granite) and CW’s own goodness like Joan’s Dark Secret (a cask-conditioned dark bitter beer) and Mother Pucker’s Ginger Wheat. Years in operation 26 Specialty Forty-four taps pour local craft beer exclusively, including seven of C’est What’s own beers and eight casks. Food Lots of rib-sticking riffs on classic pub fare, from poutine and antojitos to butter chicken, jambalaya and shepherd’s pie. Patio None Hours Sunday and Monday 11:30 am to 1 am, Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 am to 2 am.