Northern Ontario drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery in Thunder Bay

Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

Established in 2012, this microbrewery was one of the first to take the risk of making different beers in a city known as a 'lager land.' The brewery can be credited with nurturing Thunder Bay's food culture, which …
Top Choice Microbrewery in Northern Route

Lake of the Woods Brewing Company

Located in an old firehouse, the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company taproom is an imposing figure in Kenora and has drastically improved the local food and drink culture. There's a rotating selection of seasonal beer…
Top Choice Bar in Sudbury

Laughing Buddha

Sudbury's prime hangout for hipsters and slackers pulls off snobby sandwiches (such as the 'Brie LT'; $9) and pizzas ($13) while maintaining an uberchill vibe. In summer, slip out to the crimson-brick courtyard and …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Thunder Bay

Red Lion Smokehouse

Now in a new space a few doors down from its old location, Thunder Bay's favorite hangout is bigger, brighter and has 12 taps of Ontario craft beer and over 100 cans. The food (mains $13-20) is just as good as befor…
Bar in Thunder Bay

Sovereign Room

From the chandelier behind the bar to the ornate olive wallpaper, dark woody booths and upward curling staircase by the storefront window, 'the Sov' is an atmospheric spot for a beer. There's live music, and the men…
Brewery in Sudbury

46 North Brewing Corp

Graham and Holli have set up a small tap room and brewery on the outskirts of the town, offering up a range of beers produced on-site. It's a family-run operation so children are welcome and you can also bring in fo…
Bar in Thunder Bay

Madhouse Tavern Grill

Behind its unremarkable facade, this neighborhood bar is a great place to relax among warm, friendly chatter and cold beer. One of the better whiskey selections in town. Overlooking the hubbub are swirly portraits o…
Bar in Thunder Bay

The Foundry

This long-standing local fave offers dozens of beers on tap and meals in a two-level venue. Dishes ($16-20) include scrumptious coconut curry soup, poutine with Thunder Bay gouda, and fish-and-chips featuring local …
Pub in Sudbury


Don't let its location inside a chain motel put you off, as HardRock42 has the largest selection of taps in Sudbury and a large enough clientele to make sure the beer is fresh. Food portions (mains from $16) are lar…
Juice Bar in Thunder Bay

Growing Season

Healthy blended juices and shakes are the name of the game at this 'juice collective.' There are also scrumptious dishes to accompany your smoothie, with ingredients supplied by a long list of local producers.