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Thirsty And Miserable

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Spectacular beer selection, perfectly divey

I discovered this hidden gem while wandering the Kensington Market. Thirsty and Miserable is an... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2017
Nathan W
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Des Moines, Iowa
Beer!

Offering a great selection of beers, this tiny cash only place was a great find while walking... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2017
Holly B
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Ottawa, Canada
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Aug 28, 2017
“Spectacular beer selection, perfectly divey”
May 10, 2017
“Beer!”
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5-197 Baldwin St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1M1, Canada
Chinatown
+1 647-607-0134
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Good selection of ales, porters and lagers to pick. The staff is friendly. The place is a bit run down but that's part of its charm (if you're looking for a Starbucks-kind of experience go somewhere else). My advice: enjoy the beer and the music...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

I discovered this hidden gem while wandering the Kensington Market. Thirsty and Miserable is an unabashedly divey hole-in-the-wall with a spectacular beer selection and knowledgeable service. Don't just take a picture of the sign - duck inside and order a beer or three. I'll be...More

Thank Nathan W
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

Offering a great selection of beers, this tiny cash only place was a great find while walking Kensington Market - It's a quaint dark locale with friendly service & only slightly scary basement bathrooms -

Thank Holly B
Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

Yes it's true: a dive bar -- and so of course cash only -- but with immaculately maintained craft beer lines and an excellent selection of craft beer in bottles and cans as well. But dive bars aren't supposed to have clean washrooms; this place...More

Thank Tiergarten_2012
Reviewed December 19, 2016

Very tiny space to drink from an amazing variety of draught beer. The staff were super nice, the place was packed, lots of interesting conversations. Very little space to sit, however, we found a seat at the bar, and enjoyed some beer and conversation, which...More

Thank ytranger
Reviewed December 5, 2016

its a dive, with awesome beer. like awesome beer. low brow interior with a high brow beer selection. Bury me here.

Thank Tamara J
Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

When they say dive bar...they mean it. The whole place smells like a port-o-potty. I get that it's a cheap dive where you can bring in your own food, but you can find other craft beer bars nearby that's won't leave you plugging your nose.

Thank EBCameron
Reviewed January 19, 2016

This was one of the few bars we visited while in Canada. The bartender was super friendly and let us bring in our food from the pizza place next door. The craft beer menu is insane!

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed June 10, 2015

I seek out dive bars when I travel, with full knowledge that they are likely to have whatever that town/country's version of PBR and Natty Bo in cans and possibly on draft. They're also likely to have Jameson/Jack or JimBo...or again, that town/country's equivalent. I...More

Thank ClandestinePenguin
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Good selection of ales, porters and lagers to pick. The staff is friendly. The place is a bit run down but that's part of its charm (if you're looking for a Starbucks-kind of experience go somewhere else). My advice: enjoy the beer and the music...More

1  Thank G V
Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is a rather no-frills, mildly dive-y bar in the heart of the Kensington Market neighbourhood. Named after a Black Flag song, the aesthetic of this establishment is in accord with the punk ethos, largely unadorned, generously graffiti'd, but featuring a rotating menu of diverse...More

Thank Mike W
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