Beer Makes History Better


Through fire, war, depression, cholera, rebellion, and repression, beer has been there soothing the woes of Toronto's people. Join them in historic pubs and hear tales of years gone by over a craft beer on this Toronto tour that proves that beer does indeed make history better (like that was ever in doubt)!

Toronto Beer Tour Highlights

  • Discover some fantastic seasonal and local brews, complete with recommendations from your beer geek tour guide
  • Pay a visit to three unique and beloved Toronto pubs
  • Meander through the iconic St Lawrence Market, chatting with vendors, admiring the products, and nabbing samples
  • Explore the Distillery District, one of Toronto’s most historic and regenerated neighbourhoods
  • Learn that beer really does make history better!

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, two beers, a beer sampling at a brewery tap room, and a snack.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meeting point: Outside the Hockey Hall of Fame (NW corner of Yonge St. and Front St.)
  • Starting time: 2.00 PM
  • Ending point: The Distillery District.
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  • Throughout its history, from the early 1800s, when Toronto was known as “York” to the modern metropolis it is today, the citizens of this city have used beer for refreshment and merrymaking. This Toronto beer tour is a historic walk through the streets of the old Toronto and an introduction to Canadian beer all rolled into one.

    Your Toronto tour starts and ends at local icons, visiting a few others in between. With a focus on craft beer made in Toronto and its surrounding regions, this beer tour is known to be one of the best things to do in Toronto. Throughout the tour, learn about what role beer has played though the decades in helping Torontonians cope with cholera, fire, war, depression, rebellion, muddy streets, general Victorian stuffiness, and decades of losing seasons by the Maple Leafs (of course).

    This (now classic) beer tour in Toronto visits a few unique and historical pubs, all with different atmospheres, patrons, servers, and, of course, beer selection. Your guide is a verified beer geek, with a love and passion for beer that will be evident from the get-go. They’re full of recommendations for you, and can easily help you navigate the river of local craft beers you uncover along your journey.

    Additionally, because we want to prove why high school history totally wasn’t as fun as this way of learning history, we indulge in some historical tales of early Toronto, hoping to give visitors and locals alike a new perspective on the city. Not just wanting to stick to beer, this Toronto tour also makes a stop at the historic St Lawrence Market, where you can sniff out samples (go for the mustard!), and discover why this place has such a solid place in the hearts of Torontonians.

    We cap off the tour in the Distillery District, an old industrial park and whiskey factory that has been converted into a hub of art, culture, and cafes. It’s a rather photogenic part of the city, so be sure your camera isn’t out of batteries before you get here!

    If you’re going to tour Toronto, we’re pretty sure this is the way to do it. Beer, history, urban icons, and funky neighbourhoods – can you really get much better than that?!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, two beers, a beer sampling at a brewery tap room, and a snack.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: Summers can be hot and humid, spring/autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

    Your Trip: This trip is offered on a “join-in” basis. Maximum group size is 12.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Additional Information: Please note that a beer sampling is included at the end of the tour. Drinks may be purchased at stops during the tour. In addition, the “Multicultural Kensington Market and Chinatown” tour begins and finishes before this tour. Consider doing both to make a full day of it!

    Child Policy: Children and teens under age 19 are not permitted to join this tour. Photo ID must be supplied to your guide at the beginning of the tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 (647) 560-4332
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Ms. Heather F. from Canada travelled on 11 Apr 2018:

    The tour was amazing! Jordan was so knowledgeable about both the history of Toronto and the beer. Also, the people on the tour were friendly and overall we had a great time, would definitely recommend.

    Ms. Brandy D. from Canada travelled on 19 Aug 2017:

    Mike’s the best!

    Mr. OZGUR G. from Canada travelled on 12 Aug 2017:

    It was fantastic!!! So much fun, indeed. Our guide took us to some great pubs to taste really good, hand crafted beers as well as some local landmarks such as st lawrance market and distillery district. To meet and socialize with many other beer likers in the group was also bonus of the event. We spent over 4 hours touring and learning about the history of the city. We thank urban advantures people for a perfect afternoon. Many thanks to our guide Jason, as well.

    Mr. Kyle N. from USA travelled on 03 Aug 2017:

    Mike was amazing and the tour was awesome! I learned and saw a lot more than I ever would have on my own, plus beer does make history better! I might have enjoyed it in college if I had a couple beers with it. Mike was extremely knowledgeable on the history and beer. He made this tour sublime!

    Ms. Lauren S. from USA travelled on 24 Jul 2017:

    Mike was great! Quite funny.

    Ms. Maxine S. from Canada travelled on 20 Apr 2017:

    Lots of fun

    Mrs. MARIA CARMEN T. from Spain travelled on 19 Apr 2017:

    Excellent Guide¡¡ Mike made us have a fantastic an unforgettable time¡

    Mr. Shane K. from Australia travelled on 26 Mar 2017:

    This was a great way to learn some of the local history and visit some of Toronto’s best drinkeries. Our tour guide Mike made the afternoon a lot of fun and if you appreciate good beer as much as he does, you will love this tour. Must also mention we had the opportunity to eat Toronto’s famous pea meal bacon sandwich which goes down a treat after a few ales on a cold afternoon.

    Ms. Kayln H. from USA travelled on 18 Mar 2017:

    Mike exceeded our expectations with his witty jokes, beer and history knowledge, and his willingness to offer suggestions on fun things to do in Toronto.

    Ms. Mary Francesca P. from USA travelled on 23 Nov 2016:

    It was great! By the end of the tour it felt like we were out with a group of old friends. We’ll definitely recommend it.

    Mr. Steven F. from USA travelled on 16 Nov 2016:

    Mike was great and very knowledgeable. It was a great mix of of beer and history.

    Mr. Mark G. from Canada travelled on 09 Nov 2016:

    Excellent walking tour of old Toronto. Our guide was well informed and had good stories to share. Great day to spend an afternoon.

    Ms. micheline m. from Canada travelled on 05 Nov 2016:

    Mike was remarkably well versed about history, culture, politics, beer, geography – you name it. He was genuine and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge – not boastful or pushy. The tour is an excellent focal point from which to learn more about Toronto. My friend and I loved it though we did tire after the 3rd pub. The tour might be just as effective if it capped out at three hours instead of four. That, however, is just one person’s opinion and may, in fact be an opinion not shared by others.

    Ms. Alexandra J. from Canada travelled on 02 Nov 2016:

    Great tour! Learned a lot about beer and Toronto (amazing considering I’ve lived here all my life). Mike, our guide, was awesome.

    Ms. mandy w. from USA travelled on 24 Oct 2016:

    I have used Urban Adventures in many different countries. Beer Makes History Better Tour in Toronto was amazing! Dave was an awesome tour guide and had endless stories and knowledge on the history of beer & Toronto! There were only 3 people plus Dave on the tour, so it was very intimate and we got to know each other as we spent time at each of the stops. While learning about the history of beer in Toronto, we also got to try amazing beer! Dave made the best of a cold & rainy day and really showed his love for his city and of course beer! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who likes beer and history!

    Mrs. Clare H. from Canada travelled on 17 Sep 2016:

    This was by far one of the best tours we have been on. David, our guide, was absolutely excellent. I could have listened to him all day. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate about both the history of Toronto and the distillery district in equal measures. I found the whole experience totally captivating and enjoyed every second.
    We have lived in the GTA for fifteen years and he taught us more about the city in four hours than we have learned in all the time we have been here. If the Kensington market and China town tour is available in November we are signing up. Absolutely brilliant and please pass on our comments to David as he deserves to be applauded for making this such a memorable day.

    Mr. Jeffrey S. from USA travelled on 27 Aug 2016:

    Dave was great. He got to know his tour takers. We stopped in 3 bars and had conversations. It was more than just a walking tour.

    Ms. Naddia B. from USA travelled on 14 Aug 2016:

    Absolutely LOVED this tour. Learned a lot about beer and the city of Toronto itself. Mike was very engaging; felt as if we have known him for years.

    Ms. Sarah H. from USA travelled on 11 Aug 2016:

    Mike did an absolutely fantastic job with the beer makes history better tour in Toronto. I learned a ton about the city and beer! So much fun, great value!

    Ms. Raquel F. from Dominican Republic travelled on 01 Aug 2016:

    A splendid time was had by all. Our guide Mike was friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They only do small groups which makes it all more personal. The beer stops were great. Overall a fantastic tour.

    Ms. Becky D. from USA travelled on 20 Jul 2016:

    Mike was a great guide, we had an awesome afternoon, the peameal sandwich at the market was amazing!

    Ms. Elizabeth P. from USA travelled on 19 Jul 2016:

    Mike was amazing and extremely knowledgeable, Steven and I really enjoyed the tour!

    Mrs. Soraya W. from Canada travelled on 14 Jul 2016:

    This is our second time doing this as well having the same guide. We love Mike! He knows so much stuff and always keeps everyone engaged and involved. Love it!

    Ms. Kim R. from Canada travelled on 13 Jul 2016:

    Mike, the tour guide was fantastic…. it’s a chance you take when booking a guided tour— the guide either makes or breaks the experience and Mike definitely made it something to remember!! Great tour…. would have been cool though to actually visit somewhere that included showing how the beer was actually made, but overall… really enjoyed!

    Ms. Sharon C. from Canada travelled on 28 Jun 2016:

    Mike was an engaging and knowledgeable tour guide.

    Ms. Shu-Han C. from USA travelled on 02 Jun 2016:

    It was a great tour except it’s too long. I think we spent longer than needed in the first 2 bars. I’d also like to learn about the beer history in Toronto, e.g. the first brewery, when did it start, etc.

    Ms. Sarah C. from USA travelled on 02 Jun 2016:

    Enjoyed the tour guide, small group size.

    Mr. Jason K. from Canada travelled on 25 Apr 2016:

    Mike did a great job herding around some Brits, a Brazilian, and a token Canadian… Excellent explanation of the history of the downtown as well as some brilliant insight into the intricacies of the local craft brewing community… Highly recommended!

    Mr. Alessandra M. from Canada travelled on 16 Mar 2016:

    Mike was a great guide, super friendly and knowledgeable. Had a blast!

    Mr. Jonathan M. from Canada travelled on 29 Nov 2015:

    Mike was awesome!

    Karen B. from United Kingdom travelled on 23 Sep 2015:

    Absolutely fab – highly recommended

    Mr. Linda H. from Australia travelled on 05 Sep 2015:

    James was phenomenal in his knowledge and enthusiasm

    Mr. Emillie W. from United Kingdom travelled on 18 Nov 2014:

    Mike was absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to come back and do it again!

    Mr. Brad W. from USA travelled on 18 Nov 2014:

    Great experience with Mike. Would definitely go again!

    Mr. Ken M. from USA travelled on 18 Nov 2014:

    An absolutely great time! I highly recommend it! Mike was informative

    Mr. Joshua B. from Canada travelled on 22 Oct 2014:

    Jason was awesome, he did an exceptional job. Lots of fun.

    Ms. Pamela D. from United Kingdom travelled on 15 Oct 2014:

    Jason was an excellent host

    Mr. Angela F. from Canada travelled on 04 Oct 2014:

    I was actually pretty ambivalent about beer before I took the tour…. now I have a new appreciation for it!

    Mr. David D. from North Ireland travelled on 03 Sep 2014:

    Tip-top tour, all thanks to Jason’s knowledge and genuine enthusiasm. Would recommend the Beer Tour without hesitation.

    Ms. Susan D. from USA travelled on 31 Aug 2014:

    Jason was a fantastic guide and we had a great time. The pace was unhurried. We had plenty of time to enjoy our beers and we learned a lot about Toronto.

    Mr. Alex B. from Canada travelled on 02 Jul 2014:

    My girlfriend and I took a half day on friday and did the Local Beer tour & it was great. We were the only two on the tour (+ a videographer)and we had a blast. The tour guide was very personable and knew tons of neat little facts/stories about the city/pubs & beer. I would definatly recomend to all!

    Mr. Ben H. from Australia travelled on 27 Jun 2014:

    Dan was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. Overall, it was lots of fun and a good way to get to know a part of the city as the local see it.

    Mr. Mark T. from United Kingdom travelled on 22 May 2014:

    I was the only one booked on this midweek tour. All credit to Urban Adventures and your guide that it wasn’t cancelled due to lack of numbers. Great tour and guide. Really made my trip to Toronto memorable.

    Mr. James S. from Australia travelled on 22 May 2014:

    Fantastic tour. Great beer. James was an awesome guide.

    Ms. Luanne P. from USA travelled on 30 Jan 2014:

    Jason was an awesome tour guide, very informative, fun, and considerate. Very interesting and eclectic sort of tour, everything from the Stanley Cup to cholera and Bansky, PLUS beer to go along. Will definitely be checking out more Urban Adventure Tours in the future. Thank you for the tour!!

    Ms. Brittany W. from Canada travelled on 22 May 2013:

    I live in the city and learned so many things I didn’t know! Dave was SUPER awesome.

    Mr. Nick E. from United Kingdom travelled on 21 Mar 2013:

    The tour exceeded all expectations, highly recommended.

    Mr. Jacob W. from USA travelled on 26 Feb 2013:

    My wife went to Toronto for our honey moon and wanted to do something interesting and fun. Jason took us on a great tour of Toronto, showing us local pubs, local landmarks and a special treat the St. Lawrence Market. We spent a bit over 3 hours touring and learning about the city. Its obvious Jason is passionate about his tours through the way he talks about his city and well beer… It was perfect!

    When we travel, we will be looking in to Urban Adventures for cities that we visit… Jason did an awesome job!

    Mr. Jeff D. from Australia travelled on 07 Jan 2013:

    Jason is one of the best tour guides I have ever encountered.

    Ms. Cherith G. from Canada travelled on 11 Oct 2012:

    It was awesome! Thank you!

    Ms. Deborah C. from Canada travelled on 07 Sep 2012:

    Our guide, Jason Kucherawy, was very knowledgeable and personable. The tour was enjoyable, worthwhile, and a super experience.

    Ms. Frankie L. from Canada travelled on 01 Sep 2012:

    My tour guide was Jason and he made the tour fantastic. I’ve been recommending him and this tour to anyone who will listen!

    Mr. David V. from travelled on 30 Aug 2012:

    Our guide, Jason, was excellent. Friendly, funny and very knowledgeable, He did a great job. You could tell he was passionate about his job and the history involved.

    Ms. Amanda I. from travelled on 19 Aug 2012:

    Fantastic walking tour of downtown Toronto. As an American, I loved learning about the history of Toronto and Canada and I absolutely loved trying all of the different kinds of beers that Canada has to offer. Overall, an excellent tour. I would recommend it to anyone I know going to or already living in Toronto.

    Mr. JOHN M. from Canada travelled on 08 Aug 2012:

    Excellent tour !! Thanks to our tour guide Dave who made this one of the most enjoyable walking tours we’ve taken…
    We had a great time and learned alot of interesting facts along the way !!

    Ms. Louise T. from Canada travelled on 02 Aug 2012:

    Exceeded all of our expectations!