TTC pub crawl: unknown, but fun

From rails to ales, get to know establishments and parts of the city you wouldn't otherwise

TTC pub crawl — the concept is simple. With bars, pubs and taverns close to every subway station along the TTC lines, it’s easy for commuters to hop off, grab a beer and jump back on the subway over to the next station where they can check out other watering holes and neighbourhoods.

The trouble is that most people have never heard of the concept.

“No, I’ve never heard of it,” says Marybeth Beechy, manager and event coordinator of Bedford Academy, located at Prince Arthur Avenue.

“But it would be good for us because we’re kind of hidden. It would definitely bring in more business.”

Because the concept includes 69 bars, it can be broken up into sections, such as west end, east end, downtown, north University and north Yonge lines.

“It would be great to see more people in here too,” says Hergi Deliallisi, bar keeper at O’Grady’s, who sees U of T students participating in the TTC pub crawl.

“If people knew it as the Queen’s Park station bar, it would definitely attract people.”

“Bar hopping is interesting and being connected to TTC makes it easy to travel,” says Morgan Biagiotti, a local patron of O’Grady’s, who hasn’t heard of the pub crawl concept.

For those looking to plan a pub crawl, Toronto’s subway system runs until 2 a.m. and is can be a fun, stress-free way to explore the city at night.