The Linsmore Hotel was established on December 7th, 1934, the same year the Province of Ontario started licencing saloons. Max Bloom was the first owner, and his nephew, Lou Campul, managed both the saloon and the hotel above it, while he and his wife brought up their 5 children on the second floor. In those early decades, Danforth Avenue, or the King's Highway #5, was a main throughway for travellers coming west into the City of Toronto. The Linsmore Hotel catered to those visitors who needed a room for the night. A ladies and escorts room was accessed through the side entrance on Linsmore Ave. In those days, there were no windows to look into at The Linsmore because the customers didn't want the neighbourhood knowing who was drinking inside. Trays of 5 cent drafts in 6 ounce glasses were dropped at table after table. Following the pub tradition of the British Isles, the Linsmore was the social hub for it's immediate neighbourhood.
The ownership of the Linsmore changed in 1982. Those same owners remain to this day. It is now one of the last remaining original hotel/taverns in Toronto. There is a long history behind the Linsmore Tavern, and it seems like everyone has a story to tell about the place.
With new management in place, the Linsmore Tavern has experienced a resurgence in popularity in the last year. With a pool table, multiple dart boards, 5 large screen television's, a state of the art jukebox, a fully licenced banquet room, a new bar with numerous drafts on tap, the Linsmore Tavern can accommodate a lot of your various needs. On a Friday or Saturday night you are guaranteed to experience a great band.
If you want to have a fun time on any night of the week, the Linsmore Tavern is the place to be. There are Pool leagues, dart leagues, golf tournaments, fun sports events, karaoke, open mic, live music, themed parties, and they are all happening at the Linsmore Tavern. The Linsmore is known for it's very affordable prices and welcoming, comfortable, social atmosphere. It's a fun place, with a cool, vintage vibe that is very unique and hard to find in this day and age for bars. Come by and you will definitely have an entertaining and affordable experience!