The Spotted Dick
81 Bloor St. E.
Ambience: It must first be clarified, for those who don’t know the meaning of the term “spotted dick,” that the name of this pub refers to an old-fashioned English pudding made with dried fruit and custard. Perhaps a different moniker would have been more marketable, but The Spotted Dick’s loyal clientele doesn’t seem to mind. This is very much a traditional pub in its design, geared toward the sports-beer-wings set, and draws the type of pub aficionado that prefers familiar faces and settings over trendy must-see bars.
Crowd: The Bloor Street location brings in a mixed clientele ranging from their mid-20s to mid-50s. The younger ones tend to fill the tables and socialize, while the older regulars usually hold up the bar to chat, watch sports or play trivia games.
Dress code: Try to wear undergarments. The rest is negotiable.
Will I?get lucky? There is a chance, it just depends on the night and the dynamic of the group with whom you’re spending the evening. The more they mingle, the better shot you have. It’s a fun crowd, so do your best to win them over (but not all of them — that would be wrong!).
Should I?dance on the bar? It’s a pub, not a nightclub. Keep your feet on the floor.
Best reason to pay a visit: It’s a much cheaper option than most venues in or around Yorkville.
Cocktail du jour: If you need to ask … OK, for those of you who are unsure of pub etiquette, always opt for draught beer. They have a decent range of domestics, premiums and imports on tap — Old Speckled Hen, a traditional English cask ale, is really worth investigating — while others might opt for a pint of cider or a whisky rocks. Choosier folks might explore The Spotted Dick’s wine list. It is there, but it’s not particularly detailed. Beer is still your best bet.
Hours: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. (Sunday through Wednesday) or until 1 a.m. (Thursday and Friday).
Dick hits the casual spot
It must first be clarified, for those who don’t know the meaning of theterm “spotted dick,” that the name of this pub refers to anold-fashioned English pudding made with dried fruit and custard.Perhaps a different moniker would have been more marketable, but TheSpotted Dick’s loyal clientele doesn’t seem to mind.