The Merchant Tavern

181 University Avenue

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Hours of Operation

Monday
11:00am - 12:00am (Regular Hours)

Tuesday
11:00am - 12:00am (Regular Hours)

Wednesday
11:00am - 12:00am (Regular Hours)

Thursday
11:00am - 12:00am (Regular Hours)

Friday
11:00am - 1:00am (Regular Hours)

Saturday
10:00am - 12:00am (Regular Hours)

Sunday
(Closed)

Welcome to The Merchant, Toronto's traveller's tavern. Take a look at our menu and a list of our cask-aged cocktails, craft beers and fine wines, plus an array of mouthwatering plates of local fare. A premium coffee and tea service is also available and we even have root beer on tap for those who have to stay sharp until, at least, 5:00 pm.

Yes, we take large and small groups — which are also "crafted" to suit your needs. It's why we don't take online reservations. We believe that a real person will honour the details of your work and life milestones with far more care than some algorithm.

Our story is simple. Not long ago, restaurateur Greg Garson looked at the dining options in Toronto's Financial District and decided what the neighbourhood needed wasn't another overpriced "sex 'n status" hotspot where an appreciation for good food and drink would take a backside to corporate power plays. The Merchant is a place where memorable dining experiences are served up by a knowledgeable wait staff in checkered shirts that look as fresh and friendly as a Doris Day & Rock Hudson classic. Consider us the place where people from all walks of life (lawyers, plumbers, coders, stockbrokers and opera singers — our neighbourhood has them all) come to feel welcomed.

Our front of house is led by Ana Cunha, Assistant General Manager, and Ciaran McCarron, our Late Night Tavern Leader. You'll find this duo working the floor assisting with service, answering phones, running food, pouring beer, bussing tables —whatever it takes! Both Ana and Ciaran are also co-owners in the concept.

Everyone who travels life's long, hard road needs a spot to unwind and partake. We hope you'll let us take care of you.

Type:
Bar & Pub
Features:
Bar, Extensive Beer Selection, Gastro Pub, Girls Night out, Guy's Night out, Patio, TTC, TVs
City:
Toronto
Neighborhood:
Financial District
Major Intersection:
University Ave & Adelaide
Nearest Subway:
Osgoode Station
Payment:
Visa, MC, AMEX, Debit, Cash
Atmosphere:
Trendy
Attire:
Smart Casual

Quick Facts

A/V Equipment:
No
Catering:
No
Cooking Classes:
No
Entertainment:
Yes
Free Parking:
No
On-site Ceremonies:
No
Outdoor Facilities:
No
Paid Parking:
Yes
Private Dining Capacity:
75
Seating Capacity:
8 - 75
Set Menus:
Yes
Sound System:
Yes
Standing Capacity:
8 - 150
Team Building:
Yes
Valet Parking:
No
Wheelchair Access:
No

Group Booking

This is where the Financial District comes to play! There are so many spaces for groups of all sizes and the service team is tuned in to their guests every need. Book in advance and you will be pleased not just with the thorough preparation but also the final event presentation as well!

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