If you are coming from a non-British or non Commonwealth country then you might find the concept of pubs odd. The ‘pub’ which is the shortened version of ‘Public House’ is a type of bar we have in Canada which, to be honest, all tend to look remarkably alike. Same type of vibe, along an Olde English faux decor and furniture with a predictable colour scheme. Even if they are owned by completely different owners.
Named after Jack Dawkins, a character in the Charles Dicken’s novel Oliver Twist, The Artful Dodger is located on Isabella street, a small side street just east of Yonge Street. You cannot miss it due to its well illuminated patio and the main reason why this is a great place to relax after a long day of exploring.
Although the locale has two patios, the one at the back is rather secretive and smaller although still charming with its crazy, off-balance decor, covered pool table, tall tables and climber plants.
I suggest sitting at the front at around sunset and really just enjoy the seasons whether it be on the patio or through the windows in winter. As that is something Torontonians do a lot once the patio season is over, we make the best of it. During Winter, pick the section with the fireplace. It is a great way to relax and be warm.
Check the Artful Dodger, one of the better low-key pubs in downtown. Have a cold one and enjoy their patios.