Most provinces have made drinking alcohol at home illegal because of the proliferation of home facial-tattoo machines. Enjoy alcohol in public with today's Groupon: for $15 you get $30 worth of pub fare and drinks at the Working Dog Saloon, located in Scarborough.
This casual neighbourhood restaurant puts a twinkle in the eye of loyal regulars, enchanting their tongues with savoury home cooking and warming their souls with its commitment to animal welfare. Two-legged patrons can wet their whistles with the Working Dog's rotating selection of domestic and imported beer and thoughtful wine and spirits, including its house-brewed, full-bred Dogger Lager and Doghouse red and white wine varieties, the proceeds of which go towards rescue and humane education organizations. Classic comfort cuisine such as dirty dog poutine ($8.99), six tangy wing varieties ($11.99/lb), and the wolf pack Caesar wrap ($10.99) helms the hearty menu, which sources local ingredients from Ontario-based farmers to ensure healthful, fresh flavours, sustain responsible agricultural practices, and promote grocery shopping on roller blades.
After 10 p.m., patrons can savuor pub fare off the saloon's late night menu while contemplating the eclectic, canine-inspired décor, including antique dog sleds suspended from a vaulted ceiling and a collection of fur-trimmed harnesses. A wood-burning fireplace anchors the lodge-like setting while the image of a husky mix rendered above presides over the pinewood eatery, selecting which customer he shall appear to as a wisecracking spirit animal. The coveted outdoor patio also welcomes wanderers yearning for a fresh pint of air.
Working Dog Saloon
Inspired by its owners’ pack of six rescued malamutes, who make cameo appearances around the restaurant, Working Dog Saloon dishes out animal advocacy alongside its menu of pub fare. Locally sourced ingredients nestle between slices of focaccia burger buns or dapple pizzas named for labradors, malamutes, and Balto, the sled dog whose 1925 journey to Nome, Alaska inspired the modern Iditarod. Wolfish appetites can wash down meals with home-brewed Dogger Lager and Doghouse wines, whose proceeds benefit homeless animals. Annual fundraisers, such as pet photos with Santa and the Walk 4 Rescue 5-kilometre walk, further advance the dog-friendly cause.
Inside Working Dog, sleds and harnesses hang from wooden columns and timber-panelled walls, and a painting of a malamute with perky ears grins above a stone-flanked fireplace. The pub also caters special events and hosts private parties amid ceiling-hung twinkle lights and flat-screen televisions, or outdoors on a spacious patio.
3676 St. Clair Ave. E
Scarborough, Ontario M1M 1T2Get Directions