Amanda B. Haupt is the Marketing Manager for the Duke Pubs and loves the city of Toronto. She enjoys pub hopping, room temperature Guinness, worshipping Liverpool FC, and live music (especially British bands).

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Top 5 Reasons To Love Fall

Fall has arrived. Gone are the days of the Summer heat and sunshine, patios and beach time. But instead of mourning Summer’s passing, we’d like to encourage you to get on the Fall bandwagon and enjoy what this season has to offer, before the blustery, cold, snowy days of Winter are upon us. Here are our top 5 reasons to love fall:

5. Sweater Weather

Yes, this time of year is all about getting back into jeans and big, warm, woolly sweaters. Of course there is the occasional scarf or toque on the extra chilly days as well. Oh, and don’t forget about the sweat pants and flannel pjs for evenings in with Netflix!

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #5 See, even the penguins are into sweater weather.

See, even the penguins are into sweater weather.

4. Changing of the Leaves

Who doesn’t love nature during these Fall months? The changing of the leaves can be absolutely spectacular during this season. Road trips can lead to fantastic scenery and you don’t have to drive very far to escape from the city and discover a quiet forest or park to relax in.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #4 The gorgeous colours of Fall

The gorgeous colours of Fall

3. Comfort Food

Chicken Pot Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Fish and Chips, oh my! Because we’ve been eating salads and trying to stay trim all summer, but now is the time to indulge in those delish British dishes and maybe add a little extra gravy while we’re at it.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #3 Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

2. Beers

It’s a time for stouts and porters and of course, pumpkin ales too. Seasonal beers this time of the year are always interesting and tasty. And of course Fall is the season of Oktoberfest, with events going on all over town and the world!

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #2 Sam Adams OctoberFest seasonal lager in a festive stein

Sam Adams OctoberFest seasonal lager in a festive stein


1. Warm, Cozy Duke Pubs

If you’re not out and about enjoying Fall’s lovely landscape, then the next best place to hang out during this time of the year is a warm, cozy Duke Pub. We’ve got plenty of comfort food and of course beer, and sometimes there’s nothing better than heading to your neighbourhood local to see some friendly faces and enjoy some great conversation in a comfy booth.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Fall: #1 Warm, cozy Duke Pubs

All we’re missing is you!

Top 5 Reasons Why Toronto Is Awesome

Happy Birthday Toronto! As we wish our fair city a happy 181st birthday, we thought we’d celebrate by sharing our top 5 reasons why Toronto is awesome.

Happy Birthday Toronto!

Happy Birthday Toronto!

5. The Economist Says So

A recent article in The Economist listed Toronto as the best place to live, based on their Safe Cities Index. The study included factors such as urban safety, livability rankings, the Democracy Index, Business Environment Rankings, and the Global Food Security Index. If that’s not totally awesome, we don’t know what is.

4. Entertainment and Culture

There’s always something to do in Hogtown. It doesn’t matter the time of the year, or the day of the week, there is always an exciting event happening in one spot or another. Be it live music, museums and galleries, theatre, or an array of cultural festivals, there is no excuse for boredom in TO. Don’t believe us? Then check out Tourism Toronto.

Reasons Why Toronto Is Awesome #4: Entertainment and Culture

Royal Ontario Museum

3. Toronto Islands

Toronto may play host to the rat race in the downtown core, but there is no better place for escape than the Islands. Whether you feel the need to sun yourself on the beach, ride your bike, toss a Frisbee or enjoy a picnic, the Toronto Islands can provide the perfect break from a Torontonian’s day-to-day grind. Not to mention that view of the skyline from the ferry!

Reasons Why Toronto Is Awesome #3: Toronto Islands

Toronto Skyline

2. Amazing Local Craft Beer

Need we say more? From the much-loved Steam Whistle Brewery located at the historical Roundhouse site to Amsterdam Brewhouse to Bellwoods Brewery to Great Lakes Brewery, the list goes on and on. Heck, there’s even the Black Creek Historic Brewery, located at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Toronto beer is delicious and fresh and the local craft beer community just keeps on growing. It’s definitely an exciting time for beer lovers in the Tdot.

Reasons Why Toronto Is Awesome: #2 Awesome Craft breweries

Steam Whistle Brewery

1. Inclusivity.

Everyone is welcome in Toronto. We are an extremely multicultural and diverse city, and everything from our food to our events and festivals to our local businesses, demonstrates this. Caribana and Pride Toronto are just a couple of examples. It’s a wonderful characteristic and something we are very proud of.

Reasons Why Toronto Is Awesome: #1 Inclusivity


So Happy 181st Birthday, Toronto! Thanks for being so awesome.


The Top 5 Reasons to Head to a Duke Pub on Valentine’s Day

Freaking out because it’s almost Valentine’s Day and you haven’t made super crazy romantic plans for your honey yet? Never fear, we’re here to help! Why not treat your significant other to a wonderfully cozy date at one of the 6 Duke Pubs? Here are the reasons why a Duke Pub on Valentine’s Day is the perfect solution.



Trendy restaurants, gifts, and flowers can be pricey. Have an amazing night out without breaking the bank.


Don't break the bank this Valentine's Day.

Don’t break the bank this Valentine’s Day.


Thirst quenching, tasty, and local! Enough said. (And, if you join us on Saturday, February 14th at the Duke of Kent, Duke of Richmond, Duke of Somerset, or Duke of York, we’ll be passing around samples of Muskoka Brewery‘s Detour IPA and nibblies all day long! How can you say no to that!)

Detour Glass

Muskoka Detour IPA



Why compete with the masses for a seat at a crowded bar, then at a tiny table between dozens of other couples squeezed in like sardines?! Choose a spot with some room to relax and get comfortable with your date.


Time to get cozy - The Cellar at the Duke of York.

Time to get cozy – The Cellar at the Duke of York.


Lose the tie and get comfy. There’s no need for formalwear at a pub, so you can enjoy the casual atmosphere dressed down – you look great anyways.



Ten courses later and you’re still feeling hungry? Portions fit for a mouse won’t cut it. Delicious AND satisfying, a pub provides tasty, traditional, filling apps and entrees, perfect for any romantic evening.


Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Mustard Horseradish Brandy Cream Sauce

Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Mustard Horseradish Brandy Cream Sauce


For those who aren’t in a relationship and still want to get out on Valentine’s Day, a pub is the PERFECT spot to meet others. Why not spark up a conversation with some fellow pub-goers and celebrate new friendships this Valentine’s Day!


Find new friends and possibly love, in a pub this Valentine’s Day.

Written by Emily Phillips, Duke of Devon Social Media Representative and Lover of Pubs.