The Only

972 Dan­forth, 416-463-7843, theon­ly­cafe.com

NOW Magazine - Beer Guide - - BEER GUIDE -

With all of the fan­tas­tic lo­cal liq­uid fill­ing our pints (and our mem­ory banks no doubt im­paired by years of ex­cel­lent in­take), we tend to over­look the fact that our now thriv­ing craft beer scene pre­dates the past half-decade. A pre­cious hand­ful of vi­sion­ar­ies were dish­ing lo­cal draught long be­fore many de­vout drinkers of trendy mi­cro­brews were even born, let alone of le­gal drink­ing age. The Only is a grand­pappy of T.O.’s beer scene, stock­ing up to 230 bot­tles. Some of the most de­sired brews make their way into its vor­tex, in­clud­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of Keep6 Im­ports’ port­fo­lio: lots from cult in­die brew­eries Trou du Di­able, Dieu du Ciel!, Cantillon and De Molen. This hub for the beer com­mu­nity even hosts its own quar­terly beer fes­ti­val. Whether you’re a reg­u­lar or an Only vir­gin, this is the kind of spot where strangers be­come friends and there are no pre­tenses, only the en­joy­ment of good drink. Years in op­er­a­tion 32 Spe­cialty 24 taps plus a cask show­case lo­cal craft brews. Check out the crazy-ex­ten­sive list, which rou­tinely hov­ers around 200 bot­tles. Food Lim­ited lunch and snack op­tions; guests are en­cour­aged to bring their own food to en­joy with their beer. Pa­tio The sunny back pa­tio seats 50 Hours Daily 10 am to 2 am.

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