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Beer Bistro

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Beer BistroBeer Bistro

56 Reviews
Reviews: 56
Visits: 78
Avg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 145
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beerbistroto

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Reviews: 56 | Visits: 78
Reviews by seagoat:
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Beerbistro is located in the downtown business and theater area. It is a large/open room with high ceilings and has a small wall separating the restaurant area from the bar area. Very clean with modern decor. More of an upscale restaurant with a great beer selection than just a good beer bar/pub.

We went there for dinner and were seated in the back corner of the restaurant near the hallway to the washrooms. On the wall on the opposite side of the bar, there were three large mirrors with the draft selection written on them in white pen. I thought it was difficult to read the selection off of these since you are reading it off of a reflection instead of a regular plain colored/opaque board.

Luckily they also provide the draft and bottle selection menu at the tables as well. There were about 20 draft beers and 100 or so on the bottle list that consisted mostly of Canadian, Belgian, and the United States. Some of them were quite expensive, such as Lagunitas Maximus, which I can get locally for about $3, and they were asking around $25 per bottle. I realize that it has to do with availability and importing but I still thought that it was quite high. I didn't go to Canada to drink American beers though.

Our server was friendly and prompt, and the food was very good as well. We had a good time there and enjoyed the food and the beer but it felt too upscale to just walk in for a casual, mellow beer or two. A definite stop while in Toronto regardless.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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)

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cycle69
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of liamt07
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of AlexBananas
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Great staff, great selection off brews and some solid food!

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Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DaveBar
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of toronto_beermaven
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Beer Bistro in Toronto, ON, Canada
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