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Beer Bistro

Not Rated.
Beer BistroBeer Bistro
BA SCORE
97
world-class

70 Ratings
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.82%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 145
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

18 King St E
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1C4
Canada
phone: (416) 861-8242

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beerbistroto

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Canada_Dan, Yesterday at 09:56 PM
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Mr_Rocca, Oct 16, 2014
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tally, Sep 13, 2014
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drtth, Jul 27, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -11.4%

Dropped in for breakfast. Eggs benedict. Very good. Matched to a Leffe Brun on tap.

Amazing selection both on tap and in the bottle. WAY pricy. Too pricy. Come on guys please. Take it easy but if you can get it go for it. I just wont go back that's all. The value is not even close to being there.

Treat this place like one that if you can only get something here and no where else because you can get everything else everywhere else for less money.

Guess this place is a meet market after 9pm so count me out on that.

DaveBar, Jul 20, 2014
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yancot, Feb 13, 2014
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Jotora, Jan 09, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -5%

Took me a second to locate Beer Bistro as it is located in the main business district of downtown Toronto on the bottom floor of an office building.

It has that vibe as well. It's a large open room with tall ceilings, nice chandeliers, and a very upscale feel.
They have an attractive little glass case right when you walk in the door, featuring some of their big dick beers...And they have some good ones. The beer selection here is one of the best I've seen during my travels. Lots of taps featuring many Canadian beers, with some special imports from the states. They were very excited about some Brooklyn Brewing beer and some Rogue as well. I didn't even think about either of those.

The bottle list was fantastic...the bartender (who happened to be the bar manager) hooked me up with a couple samples on tap, and was very informative about the Toronto beer scene, much appreciated.

Another great Toronto stop. Beer selection is great...food looked good (tried some Frites, which were good), and it's a pretty neat space. Top 5 of Toronto.

MarcatGSB, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

toronto_beermaven, Dec 11, 2013
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AugustusRex, Dec 05, 2013
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DuffMan32, Nov 26, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -16.4%

Corporate/business vibe. Turn off.
Staff was 50/50. Male bartender knew his stuff and was cordial, female was cold and perturbed about god knows what.

Nice to have Cantillon (had the 06 Grand Cru). Bottle selection was very good overall.
Dinner was edible, but not great. Had the southern chicken based on what looked good at another table. Mistake.

I doubt I ever go back. Way too stiff for my tastes.

FEUO, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I've been here a few time but never actually took the time to do a review so here goes

Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. The bar has a nice open concept with a fairly large dining area outside as well as a lounge area to grab a beer while you're waiting. There's a nice display of beers they have on offer as well as a nice decor. Great atmosphere.

Service: The waiter and waitress that I had were both very knowledgeable and had great recommendations. Exceptional service.

Selection: This bar offers a very great selection of Ontario brews as well as many American and Belgian beers. They only have about 20 beers on taps but have hundreds to choose from when it comes to bottles. There's a great selection of cellared beer also. I got to enjoy a 5 year old bottle of Dogfish Head's Raison d'Extra along with a few more gems.

Food and value: They have a great menu of higher-class cuisine for fairly reasonable prices. The beers are also fairly priced. This is definitely the place to go if you're in Toronto. I will be going back every time I go to Toronto.

SebD, May 08, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%

I'm writing this from the bistro itself, as their free wifi makes possible. I'm in town for a conference located at a hotel just a few blocks away, so this is my third visit to Beerbistro - it's that good (for me at least).

The atmosphere is simultaneously upscale and welcoming, cavernous and cozy. Super high ceilings offset small tables and a few tight nooks, with some large, vaguely Belgian-style beer-themed decorations on the walls. Very new and clean, but still comfortable.

The tap list is fairly limited (20 bottles) but has a good mix of locals and imports across a range of styles. Everything is available in a 300ml tulip or a 500ml pint, with prices being fair - particularly for the neighborhood.

Service has been attentive without being officious, and enthusiastic without being condescending. Just how I like it.

The real reason I've been coming back is the Cantillon selection: Gueuze, Kriek, Rose de Gambrinus, Bruocsella, Lou Pepe Kriek & Framboise, St. Lamvinus, Vigneronne, and Iris. The first four are in 375s for $15-8, and the last five are in 750s for $25-35. Amazingly fair prices (especially on the 750s!), doubly so for a central location in an expensive city.

If you don't like sours, you might prefer another place in Toronto, but if you're a Lambic fan like I am then you won't want to leave.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

My wife and I strolled here for dessert and a night cap. It's business chic with well appointed, semi trendy decor inside and some decent outdoor seating. A nice tap selection of mostly Canadian craft beers with a few European brews thrown in to round out the list. Our server was excellent- super friendly, quite helpful and knowledgeable about both the beer and the menu. The dessert sampler we had was outstanding- all items made with beer and the beer shows through in things like the lemon cake and Dragon stout Skor ice cream. Prices weren't too much more than most other places we've tried in Toronto but the bottle list got pretty ridiculous. All in all Beerr Bistro is well worth a visit.

ThickNStout, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%

Located in the city's financial district and the look and feel reflects that. Mostly filled with "suits" around lunch and after 5:00. They do have a big bar area in the front as well as a large restaurant seating are in the back. The tap list is a mixed bag of locals, a few brews from Quebec and a few imports but overall not too exciting. The bottle and cellar list is incredible though. Tons of stuff from Cantillon, Lost Abbey, Avery, DFH etc. huge selection of barley wines and belgian styles. Some bottles can be a bit pricey though but you do get what you pay for here. The food is excellent weather its appetizers or full out meals, last time I was there I had bacon wrapped shrimp and french fries and they were amazing. They also cook every dish with beer and even have their cookbook for sale. They do a good job of mixing great beer and fancy dining but it lacks the feel of a great beer bar. It still is a great place to go for an occasion or if you feel like getting a rare bottle of something though.

peensteen, Feb 16, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +9.8%

In simple terms, this is the best beer dining experience I've had. At the end of the meal, I told my niece that this makes me understand what Europeans sit and eat meals for two to three hours at a time.

As a vegetarian, the choices on the menu were limited, but that had little effect on the evening. Started with Potato Truffle Perogies. Amazing complexity for a perogie! Sweet tang from gueze and sheep's milk cheese, I would guess, creamy and full flavored. Just amazing. Drank a Black Oak Summer Saison with the meal, as recommended by the waitress and the pairing guided on the menu. While the beer was good, but pairing worked really well. For an entree, we shared a Blue Mushroom Pizza. Meaty texture from the mushrooms and a tang from the Quebec blue cheese. Again, complex and elegant taste. Got lost in ordering a beer for taste at this point already, but still great. For dessert, we tried three of the beer scream ice creams. In order, we like the Vanilla Bourbon swirl, the dragon stout & skor bar, and finally the rocky road with coffee porter. Excellent finish on the meal.

For the real dessert, ordered a bottle of Cantillon Grand Cru 2008. Excellent aged bottle, a rare and fun treat that few bars accomplish for their patrons. While the night wasn't cheap, I was glad to have paid the price for such a rewarding evening of discussion, food and beer. In spite of it being upscale, it never felt snooty. Friendly and relaxing. If you haven't--you must--at least once.

FightingEntropy, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of mmurphy525
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

I visited Beerbistro twice this past weekend during a trip to Toronto. I went their twice, once was Friday during lunch (sat on the patio) and the second time was around 7 Monday night (sat inside on the bar side). Both times were fairly busy inside and out. My entire reason for going to beerbistro was for the beer list, which is substantial. There is a decent draught list, massive bottle list that includes a “cellared beer list’ (cantillon, barely wines, and some big stout). The only downside to this bar is their bottle prices. They are pretty expensive and even the harder to get bottles that one would expect to pay a premium for cost more at beerbistro then other places. An example is Struise Black Damnation $22 at beerbistro and $17 at Barvolo.

As mentioned in previous reviews this establishment seems to service to the business crowd or downtown Toronto. However, the potential negative connotations (stuck up servers, etc) are not an issue. On both my visits I had excellent service from start o finish. The staff also appear to be very knowledgeable about their beer list.

As for the food, not my reason for going, was very good. I had the daily feature pasta on the first visit and the pulled pork sandwich on my second. Both meals where very good, but the pulled pork definitely stood out, it was probably the best pulled pork I have had.

For someone looking to try some bottles that he or she may not have a chance to access otherwise I would recommend this place. I will be heading back on my next trip to Toronoto.

mmurphy525, Jul 20, 2011
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Beer Bistro in Toronto, ON, Canada
97 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.