Best of Both Beer Worlds

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While West Queen West (which is, yes, the west end of Queen St. West) was a light­ning rod for the cre­ative crowd, Oss­ing­ton Av­enue, a per­pen­dic­u­lar o shoot that bi­sects WQW and spikes north, is the rel­a­tively new hot spot. And on one street you can find two great beer bars. The sec­ond-floor mez­za­nine of Bell­woods Brew­ery ( 124 Oss­ing­ton

Ave., bell­woods­brew­ery.com) shows o views of the brew­house be­low, while its big and pop­u­lar pa­tio o ers the per­fect spot to peo­ple-watch the young crowds scram­bling for park­ing in the hot ’hood. For some­thing a bit more “en­dear­ing dive bar,” head down the street to Sweaty Betty’s ( 13 Oss­ing­ton Ave., face­book.com/sweaty bet­tys­toronto), es­sen­tially a long and nar­row ver­sion of Van­cou­ver’s Brick­house, com­plete with vin­tage fur­ni­ture and dim light­ing. It’s peak hip­ster, but with­out the pre­ten­tious at­ti­tude.

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