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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 29 August 2017
Nathan W
Des Moines, Iowa

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

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Holly B
Ottawa, Canada
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28 Aug 2017
“Spectacular beer selection, perfectly divey”
10 May 2017
5-197 Baldwin St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1M1, Canada
Old Toronto
+1 647-607-0134
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Reviewed 29 August 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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Nathan W
Reviewed 11 May 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 -

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Holly B
Reviewed 9 February 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

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 20 December 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

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank ytranger
Reviewed 6 December 2016

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

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Tamara J
Reviewed 20 March 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.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank EBCameron
Reviewed 20 January 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!

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank rachsteets
Reviewed 10 June 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

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank ClandestinePenguin
Reviewed 4 April 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

Date of experience: March 2014
1  Thank G V
Reviewed 3 February 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

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Mike W
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