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Best Beer Bar in Kingston

Best Beer Bar in Kingston, ontario, pints, craft, micro, brewKingston has an ample supply of bars, pubs, micro-breweries and even restaurants where one can go when they need to satisfy that insatiable thirst for beer.  The city has a wide array of well-established watering holes and new additions, which pour the finest draft and craft beer one could ever dream of.  From the plentiful, rotating taps of craft beer at The Brooklyn to the continuous experimentation going on at Stone City Ales and the golden goodness poured by steady hands at The Duke, the options are endless when it comes to seeking out the best beer bar in Kingston.

If you have a soft spot for suds, you likely have your opinion when it comes to the best place in Kingston to sip a pint on a cold winter’s eve or sweltering summer’s day.  While overall selection of what’s on tap is arguably the most important factor to consider, our opinion regarding the best beer bar in Kingston is understandably influenced by atmosphere, trendiness, location, friendly service, the clientele, as well as menus overrunning with locally sourced treats.  Accordingly, this week’s poll seeks to determine:

The best beer bar in Kingston is:

  • Red House (17%, 174 Votes)
  • The Merchant (15%, 157 Votes)
  • Kingston Brewing Company (14%, 142 Votes)
  • The Toucan (12%, 126 Votes)
  • The Brooklyn (11%, 108 Votes)
  • The Alibi (9%, 88 Votes)
  • Stone City Ales (7%, 74 Votes)
  • Sir John's Public House (5%, 52 Votes)
  • The Mansion (5%, 50 Votes)
  • The Iron Duke (5%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,020

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If you’re anything like me, your opinion about the best beer bar in Kingston changes with the seasons.  During the winter, I prefer enjoying pints of creamy stout upstairs at Sir John’s Public House or tucked into one of the cozy booths at the Red House.  When warmer days arrive (and trust me they are coming soon), I opt for hoppier IPAs and crisp pilsners on patios with the best views of Kingston, most ample shade or food trucks parked nearby.

Locally produced options are becoming increasingly popular, and thus they are sure to influence your opinion regarding the best beer bar in Kingston.  The Kingston Brewing Company is arguably the most well known thanks to their beer, pub grub and the ownership’s generosity in the community, but did you know that this micro-brew manufacturer is the province’s oldest brew pub?  Of course, the city recently birthed a new brewery, tap room and bottle shop in the form of Stone City Ales, whose beer has already made its way into various local restaurants.

Whether you fancy yourself as a craft beer enthusiast or a straight up beer drinker, in your opinion, where is the best beer bar in Kingston and why?

Photo credit to Anders Adermark.

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12 thoughts on “Best Beer Bar in Kingston

  • February 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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    The Red House is my favourite place on the list just to hang out, but Stone City has the best beer by far. They haven't put a foot wrong yet with any of their releases. It's not only the best brewery in this area, I think it's already one of the best craft breweries in Ontario. And, unfortunately, it's really showing up the Kingston Brewing Company for producing rather second-rate beer (and also, terrible food). I still like it for its over-the-top Christmas decor but it's the only time I go there these days. Of the others on the list, the Brooklyn does okay but it's catering to a different demographic (in other words, I'm too old!). I used to do to the Duke but it needs more guest beers from interesting brewers.

  • February 24, 2015 at 2:03 am
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    How are The Duke and Sir John’s on here sans Grad Club? Great music venue and rotating taps means they carry over 80 beers!

    • February 25, 2015 at 6:48 pm
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      Sir John's has 15 draft lines with 4 rotating taps and a local beer flight not to mention great staff that never leave you without a drink! What the problem?

  • February 24, 2015 at 6:44 am
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    The Pilot House has a good beer selection and staff are very friendly.

  • February 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm
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    Where is the GRAD CLUB? They are one of the original craft brew bars in Kingston – over 30 years of serving only micro beers.

    • February 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm
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      Tir nan Og is a Prime Pub (corporate). We're more interested in what our local folks are up to.

      • February 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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        We may be a corperate store but we have been here for more than 18 years. We are one of the flag ship stores that started here in Kingston making Prime Pubs the brand is now. We give back to the community more that most of the local businesses. And we hire nothing but local musicians, We buy locally when we can and have a very Kingston feel. Not to mention our location

  • February 26, 2015 at 10:44 am
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    The Merchant Tap House is the best! Great food, drinks, music and great staff!

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