Walking into The Yellow Dog Tavern, you can’t help but notice how obviously local it is. From the beer to the custom made neon lights, everything in this bar feels home grown and local. The walls are covered with pictures of the Exchange District ( where it is located ) and it also has a stage where local bands are welcome to play.
Yellow Dog’s on-tap beer selection is nothing compared to the other bars I have visited like King’s Head or Luxalune, but you have to appreciate their dedication to the local brewery Half Pints. They have their flagship beers like St. James Pale Ale, Bulldog Amber Ale, Little Scrapper Ipa, and Stir Stick Stout. They also had Creemore Springs Premium Lager. Creemore is a small town north of Toronto, and they make a delicious, smooth and creamy lager. One of the tastiest beers I have had in awhile. I also tried a Little Scrapper Ipa, even though I was warned by a friend that it would taste like soap. In my opinion, I thought it tasted very summery and had a hint of citrus, but after waiting for the taste to settle I did taste the soap my friend had mentioned. I also had a St. James Pale Ale which I have had many times before. It’s light tasting and refreshing and definitely my favourite Half Pints beer.
The Yellow Dog Tavern is a chill, comfortable, quiet location to have some beverages. I really enjoyed the humorous coasters and slogans. They are a bar that can poke fun at itself which is another reason why they appeal to locals. The tavern is split in half, the restaurant side and the bar. They have a full menu with many dishes and appetizers. I’m giving this bar a 4 star rating, not for the beer selection but for staying true to their brand and offering a refreshing experience. The Yellow Dog Tavern is truly “the only dog house you want to be in.”
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