Monarch Tavern

12 Clin­ton, 416-531-5833, the­monar­ch­tav­

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I’m a hope­less sucker for bars with his­tory. If these cul­tural mon­u­ments also hap­pen to serve great beer within a stone’s throw of San Francesco’s sand­wiches, even bet­ter. The Monarch, one of the city’s old­est li­censed es­tab­lish­ments (it opened in 1927), has shifted its fo­cus in the past few years to spot­light On­tario brew­ers. The old-school up­stairs, one of those rooms you wish had talk­ing walls, is a sweet spot for a pen­sive mid­day pint, and the up­dated main floor holds more than enough bod­ies to spark a great party. Most of the taps keep it lo­cal with brews from Great Lakes, Side Launch and Left Field, and there’s plenty of bour­bon to keep your IPA com­pany. Years in op­er­a­tion 87 Spe­cialty 16 (mostly lo­cal) draught beers, plus one cask Food Cana­dian pub faves with lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents: but­ter­milk-fried chicken, back ba­con sand­wiches and pou­tine. Snacks – sliced Ital­ian sausage, mixed olives, Brazil­ian sal­gad­in­hos – have a more in­ter­na­tional bent. Lots of gluten-free op­tions. Pa­tio None Hours Mon­day to Satur­day 11 am to 2 am, Sun­day 4 pm to 2 am

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