Beer Bistro

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

56 Reviews
Reviews: 56
Visits: 77
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 145
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 56 | Visits: 77
Reviews by cratez:
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Came here after the Leafs/Senators game on January 3rd. The Beer Bistro is a dazzlingly gorgeous beer bar. In fact, one could be forgiven for mistaking it with a fine dining restaurant or luxury lounge.

Atmosphere: a beautiful and vibrant decor with a mix of tables, booths, and couches and a sizable sit-down bar. The vibe is laid-back, conversational, yet somewhat loud. Jazz, indie rock, and hip-hop play amidst the chatter. The crowd is diverse in age (20s to 60s) and the bar has an exciting ambiance that appeals to beer geeks and non-beer drinkers alike.

Service: our waitress was helpful in describing several beers and mix drinks to us. She knew how to properly pour a beer and brought our drinks to the table promptly. I wouldn't say she was 'friendly' but she definitely knew how to do her job.

Selection: the Beer Bistro has an impressive draught list. As of January 2009, taps were Unibroue Raftman, Hacker Pschorr Edelhell, Neustadt Springs 10w30, Fuller's ESB, and Durham Hop Addict. Bottles included Orval, Weihenstephaner, Harvey's Porter, and a number of Dogfish Head offerings. I tried the DFH Indian Brown Ale, Hop Addict, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, while my friend had a 10w30, Aventinus, and Sam Adams. The mix drink and wine lists are not as extensive as other beer bars but they're still decent.

Quality/Value/Overall: we did not try any food here but 12 drinks were just under $110. I would say that's reasonable value. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of drinks and conversation with good service and a great atmosphere. This is the type of place that you could bring your girlfriend, family, first date, or anyone you are trying to impress. A fun and classy beer bar.

EDIT: tried the Cheese & Lager Fondue and it was absolutely fantastic. I added my food rating and upped the selection score after sampling the bar's outstanding cellared bottle list (which I didn't catch the first time). (1,920 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Plopped amidst the Financial District and serving as a beacon for the suit and cellphone crowd, Beer Bistro is a sleek and upscale venue; there is a large, high-ceilinged dining room decorated with beer paraphernalia and a rather small bar near the entrance. Of course, they offer a patio for outdoor quaffing. The selection was impressive (30 drafts)/60 bottles) and offered a good choice of local crafts, such as Nickelbrook and Publican House. They also threw in a few Europeans for fun. The server was being trained during my visit, so I'll go easy. (She was very efficient despite being a tyro.) The food was great - I enjoyed a Reuben sandwich - but served without sides. Huh?

One thing that endeared me: above the urinals vintage beer TV commercials play as you're doing your business. Remember George? he doesn't drink beer. He drinks Piels. (This was not on tap, though) (882 characters)

Photo of kingjohnh
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cycle69
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of AlexBananas
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Great staff, great selection off brews and some solid food! (59 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

If you want a good meal with a great beer selection (this is TO's most likely spot for Cantillon ) Beer Bistro is your best bet (Bier Markt is #2). Good selection on tap plus a good cellar. Servers know their stuff. Food is very good. It's a little pricey and there are nights where is is full of the douchey banker set but overall solid. Walking distance from most of the major downtown hotels. (395 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DaveBar
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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. (522 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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. (1,051 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of AugustusRex
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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Beer Bistro in Toronto, ON, Canada
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