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Whelan's Gate

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1663 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6P 1A6, Canada
+1 416-531-1311
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17:00 - 02:00
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Tue - Sun 17:00 - 02:00
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Vancouver
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Loved Whelan's Gate - great beer selection and a lovely back garden that was quiet and cool on a warm day. I had the sausage plate and it was top notch. Staff seemed a bit overwhelmed but were friendly and doing their best

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Thank Larus_pacificus
Toronto, Canada
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82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

new management, a new chef, and a new lease on life. There is a solid selection of craft beer (on tap and in can) and the cocktail menu is decent, but more importantly it's executed well (I had a corpse reviver last night that was damn near perfect, maybe a bit too much ice). The food is the real draw... More 

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Thank gagnonsh
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

I booked a spot for 12 on a Tuesday night, upstairs when their 'Muldoon' music was on, for my wife's birthday party. We loved the music, and they sang happy birthday for us when the cake was brought out. The staff were very accommodating in making reservations and preparations for the night. The food was excellent, they have great beers... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015

Seven guys (in their 40s) out for a rare night of debauchery. We were the only people upstairs on a Saturday night. The staff were good. The chef made a pile off crazy food off-menu. Dude can cook. We were not being cheap and intended to stay until close, ordering food and drinking. Intoxicated as we were, we were never... More 

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Thank Mike F
toronto
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Great place! Back to the classic Whelan's. Tuesday's sessions. Food, beer, staff, music. Good things come in small packages.

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Thank joe1967
Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

I live near Whelans, and I often find myself there for a drink or two to hang out. The staff is super friendly, and I love the atmosphere. Be sure to check out the back garden patio if the weather is nice!

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Thank MissJanEvans
Brantford, Canada
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94 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Went to an old favourtive spot of mine yesterday for some lunch with a pal. Sat on the back patio & enjoyed a jug of beer with a Whelan's Burger. The server was very helpful & explained some menu changes that were in effect however have not yet been printed. The beer was fantastic however we were surprised it cost... More 

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Thank RiddimRyder
Halifax, Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

Great local GTA pub! They went to great efforts to ensure the food was not in contact with my wife's allergen. The wings were really good, the Irish stew was great and the potato boats. Alas they only had Strongbow on the menu for ciders, but I'm a cider nut and figure all Irish and UK pubs should have a... More 

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Thank IamArcherGirl
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92 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

Before you go looking for an Irish pub, decide what you want. Modern re-creations are usually fine in terms of decor & fare; others are "Irish" because of their clients/owners. Whelan's Gate is a transposed pub from Ireland. It's got it all: small bar, larger entertainment & eating room, also with a full service bar, a snug and a secluded... More 

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Thank colonelhightower
East Peoria
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

Nice atmosphere and beer - food only so-so. The bartender was friendly and there was a decent selection of beers. The food really wasn't very good.

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Thank Joanne C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Irish
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 02:00
Thursday
17:00 - 02:00
Friday
17:00 - 02:00
Saturday
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1663 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6P 1A6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-531-1311

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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