Leave the rules and brand-name beers at home. A night out with the boys calls for something different, and the Indie Ale House is just the answer. Their brewing philosophy is “Love it or Hate it,” but it’s hard to find anything to dislike about this lively joint. They brew their own beer in small batches, ensuring that each one is fresh, flavorful, and unique. There’s no snobbery or pretension here, just a microbrewery where you can sample a few different beers as you shoot the breeze, so grab your boys and head to this popular brewpub for a wonderfully laid-back night out in Toronto.
When you walk through the door, you’ll notice that the tables are full of people from all walks of life, making for a true representation of Toronto’s diversity. And while there is one TV for those looking to catch the game, you’ll quickly find the atmosphere is most conducive to chats about how to solve the problems of the world.
Take a seat at the marble-topped bar–illuminated by bright, funky hanging lights that accentuate the sculpted ceilings–as you wait for your friends to arrive. Once they do, grab a sturdy wooden table near the restaurant’s exposed brick walls and sip a flavorful ale like Jump the Shark, Instigator, or Broken Hipster. If your crew is extra adventurous, give the Imperial IPA a look: at 11% ABV and 100+ IBU, this beer with 10 hop varieties is definitely not for the faint of heart. They’ve even added a seasonal beer selection, with names as interesting as the brews themselves.
Fit for a guy’s appetite, the Indie Ale House also offers plenty for you to snack on — from a hearty lunch menu, to a late-night offering packed with all the finger food you can fit on your table. And before you call it a night, stop into their beer store and pick up a few growlers to go.
Bring the guys here once and it’s sure to become your favorite neighbourhood haunt. Nestled right in the heart of the Junction at Keele and Dundas, its central location makes it easy to find. And with great food, amazing beers, and a rustic, unpretentious look, it’s the perfect reward for a hard day’s work.