May 11, 2018
Hemingway’s sells itself as a little piece of New Zealand in Toronto. The four storey venue just south of Yorkville Avenue is a popular, lively spot which has been around for just short of three decades. Its rooftop patio is a real draw when the sun shines (or even when it doesn’t, since it’s heated in winter allowing it to stay open all year) and they stock some 20 types of draft beer from which you can choose. It’s a large venue, with three bar areas spread over its four floors, each one decked out with the usual booths, tables, mirrors, and various posters on the walls. The crowd is less rowdy and more mature than some similar venues. The food is standard-issue pub grub, tasty and filling, but nothing to frighten the horses good beer fodder essentially. All told this place is far more about chilling out and drinking with your mates, enjoying a bit of the antipodean spirit along with your pint, and it makes a good venue for doing just that. It can get really crowded and noisy, especially on weekends, but the prices are reasonable by swanky Yorkville standards which compensates somewhat.