The Old Toad
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Reviews by MrDanno96:
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
The Old Toad is my favorite Rochester pub. I go here several times a month! Their beer selection is one of the best in town, with over 15 beers from all over Europe on tap (including Delirium Tremens or Nocturnum all the time) and a bottled beer list that is 10 pages long. The food is also pretty good, provided you like English pub fare. They have everything from sandwiches and cheeseboards, to full dinners like Shepard's Pie and the classic Bangers and Mash. I love going here on a weekday night to play darts with friends and have a few high quality beers. The only qualm I have is that if you come to eat dinner on a busy night the service can become a bit shoddy. However, the awesome pub atmosphere and amazing beer selection more than compensates for it. The Toad also has 3 cask-conditioned real ales on tap year round for your enjoyment.
10-16-2009 04:57:54 | More by MrDanno96
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4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
One of my favorite places to go in Rochester as I live about a 5 minute walk away.
The selection is always pretty solid. About 10-15 taps or so- 3 different tap stations- one with 3 on the right of the bar, 5 on the back wall of the bar, and 6 or so on the left side of the bar. There are 4 cask lines, but not all of them are always used at one time.
They try to have a few European beers on tap most of the time- Guinness and Fuller's London Pride are practically house beers for the Toad, and are always on. Their house DIPA, OT 20, is always on, and is really freakin' delicious. Always a good choice if none of the taps wow you. Good job by CB's on that one. There's sometimes a second house tap made by CB's, right now it's a brown ale brewed with squash, but I've seen a coffee porter, an "apri-bock", and a few others. Usually one or two Belgians, 3-4 NYS state beers, and then a few other specialty beers from across the country.
The service is hit or miss. They're not always good at handling bigger crowds, so if you're sitting down and want a beer on a Friday or Saturday night, you're gonna have to push through people to get a beer quickly. During the week the service is fine.
The food is good, but pricey, lots of great English favorites. The drunken cheddar soup is to die for, one of my favorites.
The beer is a bit expensive, and they don't generally have any specials that I can find. Beers on cask are never under $6, and usually are in the $7-$-8 range.
The atmosphere is very quaint. I can always get behind a bar that allows you to talk to your friends without shouting over loud music/TVs.
11-25-2013 22:01:24 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.76/5 rDev -12.1%
All furnishings and decor imported from England. All staff are from England as part of a University program. Very authentic, like walking into a pub in London.
Food is very good, lots of traditional English fare. The Scotch Eggs are excellent. Several vegetarian options, however they tend to run out of some things on the menu fairly often.
Huge beer selection, specializing in cask ales. Many vintage and hard to find selections.
Large selection of Scotch, about 80 different varieties.
Located in an entertainment district, which can be rowdy at times. Upon leaving one time, my friend and I were approached by someone who attempted to rob us. Unfortunately for him, the bar isn't actually located in England, where the populace is unarmed. He went to jail after his failed attempt.
11-11-2013 10:10:45 | More by Mediczod
The Old Toad in Rochester, NY
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.