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Bar Hop

Not Rated.
Bar HopBar Hop
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

391 King St W
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1K1
Canada
phone: (647) 352-7476

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barhopbar

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(Place added by: Sammy on 06-15-2012)
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Photo of puttinforbird
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of KATCanada
4.25/5  rDev 0%

My main beer place in Toronto. If you want drinks this is the best place to do it in Toronto. Belgians, American stuff (Evil Twin, Jolly Pumpkin etc.) Laid back atmosphere with knowledgeable servers. Good mixed crowd. Good whiskey selection also.
Only thing preventing a higher rating is the food. It sucks.
If you want the best Toronto beer experience, go here. If you want to eat and drink try Beer Bistro or Bier Markt.

Photo of Coronaeus
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of beckerboots
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

This place is a little gem. Read some of the BA reviews and had to visit. I was not disappointed. Stuck right in the heart of a major steetcar intersection ( I believe due to construction). I had the idea it would be noisy, smelly and busy. What a shock. King Street is always a high traffic area, but inside the friendly confines of Bar Hop it was beervana . The beer menu was user friendly; in fact maybe too much. The communication with my non-drinking wife ceased. I was too engulfed in ABV's IBU's and Plato to hear about her Eaton Centre exploits. Note To Self: Do not make a habit of this. Our server was very in touch with the product. Food options were limited, however good sized portions and prepared to order specifications negated this drawback. Two cask offings and a plethora of micro brews made this a memorable experience. Tried the County Durham Cask and a Leftfield Saison. Both were served in proper glassware at the correct temperature. Biggest testimonial from that wife of mine, who pretty much hates every beer place in the world. She said she would return to Bar Hop because she enjoyed the food and ambiance. I love her for that type of candor.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mtomlins
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

What a great little spot! I was there for lunch and the food menu was standard fare with lots of fun twists (e.g., bone marrow aoli on the burger). I would describe it as simple food prepared very well with some inventive ideas.

The wait staff was very knowledgeable, friendly and prompt.

And the beer was great. They have ~20 taps pouring local craft beer and have two rotating casks. I did not spend a lot of time reading over the bottle list, but it seemed to have a lot of options, but maybe no whales.

The atmosphere was inviting and overall, I had a very enjoyable lunch!

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Bar Hop was high on the list of beer stops for my Toronto vacation, and it just so happens it's right across the street from MEC (The Canadian version of REI).

It's a small place, kind of nestled in between some of the taller structures down on eastern part of West King street (if that makes sense).

I didn't get the chance to try any of the food, although the lunch crowd seemed very happy and the food appeared to be tasty, as MasterSki mentioned, kind of glorified pub food, which is fine and dandy with me. That sort of thing works well with beer, hence why they have been doing for years and years.

The draft list was very impressive. Mostly Toronto beers, with a few from surrounding Ontario area. A very well rounded draft list though, with everything from quite a few selections of Pale Ales and IPA's, to some local odd ball things like a wine barrel aged Saison, which was damn delicious. The bottle list is sufficient, but nothing that compares to Beer Bistro or BarVolo. Honestly, the tap list is much better at BarHop than Beer Bistro tho.

A great place, I'll probably wander back over there today to try some of the grub and get another pint or two, cool place.

Photo of Lilwiza
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DaPan
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Have been frequenting the Bar Hop since they first announced their grand opening, only a block from work, have had a number of lunches there.

- lunch menu is affordable and diverse enough to satisfy many tastes, including very tasting vegetarian options. sloppy Jim is solid. Flights are available, which makes for an interesting lunch, without having too much to drink before returning to the office.

- Dinner is broader menu, with some amazing options available and great specials. Get there before 5pm on a week night if you want a seat.

- Special events. I hosted a work party for 80 colleagues...the finger food was great, drink service was good, and everyone enjoyed the experience.

Awesome beer selection, frequent tap rotations, mostly local.

Don't walk, run!

Photo of FEUO
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great place in a great spot downtown.
Patio is small and cozy, but just fine.
Interior is exactly what I look for. Dark, relatively quiet, clean.
Good selection of Ontario craft on tap. Bottle list is decent enough.
Service was good and the staff was friendly.

Overall I really like this place. My pace, my style, my vibe.
Looking forward to another visit.

Photo of 307x
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Now that they've added another glut of taps, 'Hop has gotta be up there for most active taps in the city. Tons of brews, majority from Ontario but a lot of rarities and Quebec breweries as well. Also an exorbitant bottle selection, nearing four figures of bottles. I've only ordered food once - a party of seven of us all ordered different things, and none of us found that any of them were very good, so that's a knock. However there are so many decent to great food options in the area, it's easy to go grab a bit and then come to Bar Hop to enjoy a few. Service has always been speedy and with a smile, and staff is willing to go into details about their beers, which is awesome. I love this place!

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to this place on the recommendation of some Toronto BAs and enjoyed it quite a bit.

A - It's your somewhat typical clean Toronto establishment. Upscale post-work crowd packed the establishment on a Tuesday night, leaving only a few seats at the bar. Nice, clean, wooden and earthy furnishings with dim lighting, but still caters to the sports crowd with a few strategically placed TVs.

Q - I ordered all samplers, but I did see plenty of branded glassware. Cask beers seemed well-maintained, and draft beer wasn't overly cold. The sample of Chaman I had seemed old, but I suspect the LCBO is more at fault there.

Sr - Pleasant bartender who was willing to chat a bit and give some recommendations. It was occasionally hard to catch his eye, even when he wasn't serving other customers. Otherwise no real issues; food came quickly enough.

Sl - Great selection, with 36 draft lines and 2 beer engines, plus a solid list of large and small bottles. I greatly appreciate the 5oz sample option, as it can get pricey drinking in Toronto and there are a lot of 'miss' beers out there that aren't worth the money. Broad range of breweries and styles.

F - It's upscale pub grub. We had oysters, which were quite solid for the $1 Tuesday night deal. Frites were enjoyable as well. I'd come back and try some of the entrees. There were sufficient options for my vegan wife, which was appreciated.

With the 5oz samples available for all draft and cask beer and the food specials this was quite reasonable. Beware the parking pricing downtown though - I'd recommend taking the Spadina streetcar.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This has quickly become my go-to beer bar in Toronto.

The tap list is great both in terms of quantity and quality. There is always a good assortment of styles and breweries and often a few one-offs or harder to find beers from the local breweries. Not to mention, they almost always have Peche Mortel on tap!

The service is great as well. Bartenders are knowledgeable, talkative and friendly. As are the waiters.

The prices are reasonable and the food is pretty good as well.

Atmosphere is also nice. Not too upscale of a feel but also nice, clean and inviting.

Photo of cratez
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

When I visited: June 2012.

What I had: Cameron’s RPA, Beau’s Farm Table Saison, Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Robust Porter, and Nickel Brook Saison on tap, Lager & Jerk Mussels, white wine and Jimi Mac & Cheese for the lady, Beeramisu to split.

What I liked: modern pub atmosphere, friendly and chatty patrons, pleasant servers, first-rate draught menu, many private order bottles, tasty food, several taps that you rarely see elsewhere in Ontario (Le Cheval Blanc, Dieu du Ciel!, La Trappe). They now have 36 handles and 2 casks.

What I disliked: The service was slow during the soft opening, but has drastically improved since then. Bartender Matt is always up for good conversation.

Would I go back? Yes.

Overall Rating: 92

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

One owner is a former senior staffer at Smokeless Joe’s. Staff is experienced from the Toronto craft beer scene, know the regulars in the scene and are personable . Beautiful long wood bar is the feature of the place, and pleasant place to be. Latest and best beer available downtown. Slightly better prices than about town. Abundant parking, though not very close to the subway. Small patio, and several small tables just inside.Selection is from the new and best available craft beers, with state-of-the-art lines.

Bar Hop in Toronto, ON, Canada
93 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.