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The Old Toad

Not Rated.
The Old ToadThe Old Toad
BA SCORE
95
world-class

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Taps: 32
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

277 Alexander St
Rochester, New York, 14607-1920
United States
phone: (585) 232-2626

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @theoldtoad

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Reviews by wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Cheers: 4 beer engines. 4 beer engines. 4 beer engines. On one visit, our server took superb care of us, I left her a $20 tip on 2 dinners and 2 beers. It wasn't even her area and she came to our "rescue." We must have looked VERY thirsty and hungry. Dark wood decor with what once used to be scarlet velvet trim. My description of the interior can not even do it justice. Check the website out. The fries (basically whole thick sliced potatoes) are a meal in their own right. Our dinners were stacked with sides of veggies and potatoes. 2 of my favorites: Flying Bison and Middles on cask. Dragonslayer, ImPaled Ale, Skye Pilot, and Blackbird Stout on cask are amazing. Nice rotation, nothing seems to sit around here very long, unlike some other places. You can drink on International time here, lending to the credence that it's 6 o'clock somewhere. Special nights, one of them featured Boddingtons on sale for $3/ pint.No Bobbies or strange looking cars. Bartender rocks. Bar patrons discussing nuances of beer. If I could imagine the perfect British pub, this would be it.

Jeers: We did have to wait over 15 minutes for service (one time, 4 others, n/p) as the server who's area we were sitting in ignored us and 2 other tables (they were going home). Parking appears to be a pain and costly, find a place on a nearby side street and hoof it. Multiple patrons spotted drinking Blue. Not a good place to go if you're paranoid of a heterogenous crowd. Don't talk to anyone sporting a snowshovel or a shopping cart.

wailingwench, Feb 17, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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d_cook_roc, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

meepmeep, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

GreesyFizeek, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of dmbhaggis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

dmbhaggis, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Mediczod
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.

Mediczod, Nov 11, 2013
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The Old Toad in Rochester, NY
95 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.