I read a study last month that renewed my faith in science and its place in my life. A Study released by Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University found that men should be meeting up with 4 of their mates twice a week to do something. That something can be anything from playing a sport together to having a pint at the local and sharing some laughs, but the important thing is face time — texts, emails and phone chats just don’t cut it here.
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This study was commissioned by the wise folks at Guinness so it should come as no surprise that they suggest that having a pint after playing some sports is the sweet spot, and I would tend to agree.
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The study goes on to say that men who do make time to bond with their core group of friends are healthier, recover from illness faster and are more generous (a more generous male has some direct benefits to the significant others reading this). Obviously if men are meeting to play some sports it is going to make them physically healthier but there was also a significant benefit to their mental health as well. The men in the study were able to battle depression better and deal with life’s curveballs, leading to stronger relationships.
In light of this new-found info I thought it only fitting to offer up some great bars for us men to meet up, have a pint and share a good, healthy laugh.
To Watch Some Sports
Traditionally sports bars can be hit or miss with their beer selection. You want a place that has something for everyone along with some good food and big screens. The recently revamped Loose Moose downtown boasts the largest draught selection in Toronto as well as a large selection of beer cocktails for guys who don’t think they like beer.
What to Drink: The selection is vast from the usual domestic suspects to some very interesting brews. If you are eating fried foods, like wings,
go with a local lager to help keep your palate fresh.
After Work Cocktails
Whether you are north, south east or west in Toronto you can always find a Bier Markt. Grab a
booth or high-top with the lads and order up some frites and their charcuterie while you pore through their massive selection of beer. Don’t order pints but opt for a round of samples.
What to Drink: I usually drink local wherever I go but when I come to the Bier Markt the world is my oyster. Pick a country or a style and run with it. Their staff are all very savvy with beer knowledge and can help you choose if you can’t decide. Pro tip: visit Belgium and try the Saison Dupont or if the company is buying order up the Westvleteren 12 and learn why it’s good to be a Monk in Belgium.
On a Budget
Saving up for that engagement ring? How about inviting the lads over to your Garage? Yes, that place that is supposed to give your wheels a shelter but rarely does. It’s relaxed and the beer selection is always to your liking. This time of year things can get a little chilly out there so you should stock a beer that can warm the cockles of your soul.
What to Drink: Founder’s Breakfast Stout — loads of coffee and bitter-sweet baker’s chocolate notes. Let this one warm up in your hands a bit before you take a sip.
Looking for something a little different?
Here are some locals that may just be around the corner and walking distance for the lads:
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The Granite Brewery (245 Eglinton Ave E.)
One of the few places in the city to get some home-grown real ales.
Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor St W.)
When you can’t get to a cabin with your crew to drink beers and recharge this is the next best thing.
The Auld Spot (347 Danforth Ave)
A comfortable little bar with great food and an All-Ontario craft beer draught line up.
Bryden’s (2455 Bloor St W.)
It doesn’t matter what you plan to do with your posse, Bryden’s is always the right answer.
Need some more ideas of where to find the best beer in town? Fire me off a tweet!