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Totally biased product review by me — The Duke of Gloucester

Some beautiful prose to mull over and reflect on as you take a whizz

Some beautiful prose to mull over and reflect on as you take a whizz (artist unknown)

Ahhh, The Duke of Gloucester. The Duke. Or just simply, “That British pub on Yonge between Bloor Street and Wellesley that is upstairs and has the flags flying outside. Opposite The Church of Scientology. Along by the strip club. Yeah — that one.”

One of the best. Brit HQ for the short-lived World Cup 2014 campaign. Standing room only. Two brave Italians. The best of times … the worst of times.

From a Yelp review: “You come here to forget about a girl. A girl who you would have married when you were young, if pride hadn’t made you turn your back on your last chance at true love, a long, long time ago. I’ll be back, if only because I found the best place to stare wistfully into space over a cold pint.”

Yes. Yes indeed.

The Duke is not a bar. It’s a pub that’s been around a while. Like an old friend, it’s in need of a new lick of paint, some chair repair, a menu upgrade.

But you don’t go to the The Duke for foie gras. You go to meet friends, prop up the bar and chat about football. Or “Mayor” Ford. Or if you have no friends, then chat to the friendly staff. Always willing to share a laugh.

There’s a dartboard. A pool table. An excellent patio. A jukebox.

Like Toronto FC? The Duke is U-Sector’s HQ and they have turned the nook into a shrine that has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Who hasn’t stumbled down the steep stairs? Dropped a glass? Gagged on an Irish Car Bomb? Most Duke regulars have.

Free regulars’ Christmas dinner parties. St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Live bands. Pub quiz night. Halloween events. Birthdays. Stag night stops.

The Duke has seen them all over the years. And we love it!

A Brits in Toronto 5/5 stars.

The Duke of Gloucester = World Cup 2014 HQ for Brits!

Cheer up, son. You can have a pint and pop downstairs for a Ruby Murray

Cheer up, son … we got pretty far. Bloody Italy. Let’s have a pint and pop downstairs for a Ruby Murray

Bad news: it’s Monday. Good news: England recently qualified for the World Cup 2014!

And today I’m launching a stellar campaign to make The Duke of Gloucester pub on Yonge Street (between Bloor and Wellesley) the OFFICIAL World Cup HQ for Brits in Toronto.

I’m totally biased … let’s get that out of the way so there’s no accusations of bribery or conflict down the road. I consider it my local and have been going there a good number of years.

Having experienced a couple of World Cups/Euros there, I can attest it’s the place to be for live games. The place is jammed, seats are at a premium, usually CP24 or CityTV show up and film the joy and anguish on the faces of the collective Brits that come together as one for games.

The atmosphere is electric and the support when another English penalty shoots over the goal is heartwarming.

So … more details and campaign news to come down the road. But, let’s start getting excited!

ENGERLAND … ENGERLAND … ENGERLAAAANND … ENGERLAND … ENGERLAND … ENGERLAAAANDDDD!!