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Established in 1990
The Friar & Firkin has been in the Queen St neighbourhood for over 20 years now.
I have only been here to eat, never for a long night of drinking. They have your typical pub food and it is pretty good. The prices are fairly typical and the service is good. The place is nice looking and clean, it is a little dark though. However, they check IDs at the door often, which is unexpected for a pub.
"Pleasant pub grub" bolstered by local and international brews on tap draws crowds to this midpriced King West chain link with siblings throughout the city; it's a "good value" and the "atmosphere makes you feel right at home", so hopsheads deem it an overall "reliable" choice.
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Situated on the very busy corner of Queen and John, the Friar and Firkin is a favourite among regulars looking for an after-work pint, and for people who want a good meal before heading to the nearby movie theatre or club district. People familiar with the Firkin chain appreciate that they dont have to guess at what theyll find here.
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The Friar is a great little pub. They have an abundance of beers on tap, and liquor to boot. The food is pretty decent, and at a very good price. The music isn't too loud and the vibe is just right for a pub.
We went here several times while in town. The food was great, the be equally as good, and the service (we had the same server both times... on purpose) was awesome! The poutine here was great. Check it out!
The Firken Pubs’ contribution to the Entertainment District, the Friar & Firken has that British pub ambiance common to the franchise. The Friar has recently been renovated, with a new menu and feel, so if you haven’t been there for a while, it’s time to rediscover it.
Just off of frantic Queen West, this (literally) underground old-style pub serves up a relaxed bar atmosphere along with time-tested pub cuisine and a wide array of drinks.