Taps: 20 / Bottles: 145
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by cratez:
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
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).
01-10-2009 19:25:38 | More by cratez
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4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
01-04-2014 17:08:00 | More by MarcatGSB
3.68/5 rDev -16.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
08-07-2013 17:56:31 | More by FEUO
Beer Bistro in Toronto, ON, Canada
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