Best of Both Beer Worlds
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.