Well, maybe not dead…yet. But definitely on its’ last legs.
The venerable Fox and Fiddle Pub (a.k.a. The Pox and Piddle) is closing down! The Fox is a fixture in the virtual epicentre of Toronto’s Entertaiment District. Located exactly one block from our hostel’s door, it has always been regarded as the hostel’s “local” watering hole.
The Fox is a two story bar with the decor and musty, stale-beer ambiance of a British Public House. I doubt there has ever been a backpacker in our hostel who has not enjoyed the odd pint in the legendary Fox. (teatotallers excepted.)
Our “local” has always been famous for its low-price beer (before 4PM) and daily food “specials”, including half-price Chicken Wings and $10 pitchers of domestic beer on Sundays and Mondays. (The wings are the best in the area…the beer is not!)
The Fox also hosts Monday night Karaoke that has proven to be one of our most successful hostel “events”. There is always a huge contingent of hostelers in attendance on Monday nights!
But even in this time of global economic crisis, Toronto is booming. The Fox, Alice Fazooli’s and The Corned Beef House (all hostel favorites) are all giving way to the development of 40+ storied buildings as part of the Film Festival Towers development.
The Fox plans on closing down by June of this summer – less than two months to go. This is the end of an era in the district! If you’ve not experienced it, this might be your last chance!
(To all past – and present – Canadiana residents: please feel free to share your reminiscences of the FOX in our comments section.)