All pubs in England have a fireplace. It’s the law. That’s because an evil witch has made it winter all year round, so it’s important to keep warm while getting sloshed. Our fair city can also get pretty cold – witch or no witch – so this Ist List is dedicated to Toronto’s coziest places to curl up with a few pints of holiday cheer. The criteria? Maybe a fireplace and good strong ales. We start our countdown in Cabbagetown, at The Underdown (263 Gerrard St. E.).
Hidden away in Cabbagetown, not many people will ever find this place. First, you have to traverse a tricky set of steps, which could be a little treacherous if there’s snow on the ground. But don’t give up! Once inside, there’s plenty to like. Venture to the back, and you will find some soft couches that actually suck in your body, right beside a roaring fire. But warmth also comes from the intimate, wood-blessed interior. The selection of beer on tap might not be the greatest, but they’ve got a lot to bottles to offer. Definitely one of the east end’s hidden treasures.