The Derby defines itself as more of a place than a concept. Feeling a need to open a spot on Dundas West where you can stroll in and comfortably join in the buzz of conversation without pretense. The Derby marvels itself after an American-style sports pub where batting averages and yards-per-carry are typically the topics du jour. The food is the cornerstone of The Derby. With homemade recipes and a fresh take on North American pub fare, the menu consists of handmade burgers, applewood smoked wings done on the grill, Quebec-style poutine, BBQ chicken club sandwich and array of nacho platters that will have anyone’s mouth watering upon arrival at the table. Daily specials highlight the sensible pricing and general overall “bang for your buck” at The Derby.
The draught menu is likely one of the more eclectic on the Du West strip. With 8 taps serving local, Ontario, Quebec and import beers, you could say The Derby Covers all of it’s bases. Mill St, Steamwhistle, Amsterdam represent the local craft brew on tap. Mill St offers up it’s smoky, full-bodied Cobble Stone Stout as well as it’s new amber lager 100th Meridian. With Steamwhistle’s one and only pilsner, you get one of the most drinkable beers in the country. Finally, as part of the four local offerings, there is Amsterdam’s Boneshaker. A hoppy brew with a very fitting title. From Quebec, there is Blanche de Chambly, a smooth, citrus-scented witbier (wheat beer) that rolls off the pallet. Beaus from Vankleek Hill, near Ottawa, is a charming lager that fits everyone’s taste sensibility. It’s impossible to have just one! The Import beers represented are Grolsch, perhaps the best Dutch lager on the market and the well-rounded London Pride Ale. Both of these pair well with anything on the menu, making them the favourite default beers of most patrons.
The Derby prides itself on it’s viewing experience, especially when it comes to sports. With 4 large HD flat screens, it is no problem to accommodate up to 4 different sporting events at one time. Due to the cozy confines of the space, more than 4 screens would take away from the viewing experience. All sports are represented at the Derby with particular attention paid to the local teams (Jays/Raps/TFC/Leafs). On any given Saturday morning however, there is always a crowd for the early morning Premier League football matches. Sunday are all about the NFL and the half-price wings Monday nights bring a crowd out for the Monday Night Football broadcasts. The Leafs and Raptors are usually front and centre, highlighting a great local sport’s spirit any of the night’s the local teams are in action.