Your favourite pubs and bars in Burlington!

Hey Burlington! We asked you where your favourite pubs/bars were.  Thanks for all your responses, they’ve helped compile this list. The Purple Heather was the top favourite, with 5 people commenting.  Gator Ted’s and Emma’s Back Porch had 4 comments, and the Black Swan and The Poacher had 3; although the rest of the list only had one comment we’re sure there are many who frequent these awesome Burlington establishments!

1. Purple Heather

3600 Dundas Street







The Purple Heather is located at the corner of Walkers Line and Dundas Street.  It was originally called the Purple Heather Gastro Pub until it was taken over by Doug&Alan Birell and Paul Misson took it over.  They have live music Friday and Saturday, including ‘country in the Heather’  on Sundays.  The new owners are quick to accommodate any request.

2. Gator Teds

1505 Guelph Line







Gator Teds has been a go – to spot for sports fans for the last 20 years.  They have 40 plasma TV’s and 6 103″ projector screens to enjoy all the action on.  They have tons of deals on games days too, including a complementary poutine bar on Leaf game nights!

2. Emma’s Back Porch

2084 Old Lakeshore Road







There’s so much history at Emma’s.  In 1919 the building was the Estaminet Hotel.  It was a premier destination for some of the country’s most important people. Over the years the ownership changed hands many times and it wasn’t until 1992 that it became Emma’s Back Porch and the Water Street Cooker. There’s some great food and entertainment , a must try in the downtown community.

3. Black Swan

4040 Palladium Way (Walkers Line and the 407)







The Black Swan is a part of the Alton Village neighbourhood.  There is loads of live entertainment and free pool Sundays. I haven’t had the chance to eat there yet, but they offer take out and their fish and chips are great!

3. The Poacher

436 Pearl Street

The Poacher is a favourite for the younger crowd. Its food and selection of craft beers have landed it at number 55 out of 375 Burlington restaurants according to Trip Advisor.  They also have an outdoor patio.

4. QB Sports

4640 Fairview Street







QB’s has been operating at the corner of Appleby Line and Fairview Street in the Pinedale neighbourhood for over 20 years.  It offers the complete entertainment  experience to families. They have a friendly  atmosphere and awesome staff who make sure to accommodate any need. You will often find coaches bringing their teams there after a game for pizza.

5. Jersey’s

1450 Headon Road








Jersey’s is another Burlington establishment that has become a local hangout in the Headon Forest community. It is chocked full of pool tables and offers tons of live entertainment. There is also a special menu on game nights.

6. Tin Cup

1831 Walkers Line







The Tin Cup is slowly becoming one of my favourites. It is a sports bar for the most part, but it serves up some awesome up scale food. The English influence is augmented by spins on Asian and Indian cuisine.

7. Shoeless Joe’s (Brant & North Service)

1250 Brant Street

Although Shoeless Joe’s is part of a chain, I had to include this one on the list.  While their food is great, it was the fact that Facebook user Donna Little singled them out for excellent services that got them added to this list.

8. Ye Old Squire

3537 Fairview Street

Ye Olde Squire is similar to the Judge and Jury.  Although, it is much bigger and takes on more of a sports bar feel.  Their chicken wings are among the best in the city.

9. Queen’s Head

400 Brant Street







The Queen’s head is chalked full of traditional English pub grub.  It has prime real estate downtown that includes a beautiful patio.  Another great location to catch the big game.

10. The Judge & Jury

1222 Walkers Line







The Judge and Jury is serving up pub justice! I have been frequent the establishment since the doors opened.  It offers an environment and atmosphere that will take you right to the pubs in England.

11. The Dickens

423 Elizabeth Street







The Dickens was the former home of Joseph “Redman” Shoemaker in the early 1900’s.  It has a cosy location downtown and has a great selection of food and beer.

12. The Stinson

417 Elizabeth Street








The Stinson is among the up scale bars on this list.  It plays host to a network of lady’s night events.

13. Carrigan Arms

2025 Upper Middle Road

Carrigan Arms







The Carriagan Arms is in the Mountainside neighbourhood.  It is home to awesome entertainment and events!

14. Joe Dogs Bar and Grill

55 Brant Street.

courtesy of urban spoon

courtesy of urban spoon






Joe Dogs is Burlington’s one two punch.  On the main floor is a great bar and grill style restaurant, and below is Fuel Lounge.  Fuel is great for anyone into clubbing, it’s complete with pool tables, full bar and couches.

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