Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 63
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 56 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We finally made it to Toronto this past Saturday after waking up at 5 AM, experiencing an extensive TSA search at Logan, an extensive search at Canadian customs in our drive from Buffalo and after checking in to our hotel a few blocks up on Yonge at Bloor. Needliess to say, around 2 PM we were ready for lunch and a beer or 2.
The sun and the nice moderate temperature (around 20C) made dining outside a preferred option - you're still under cover but can take in all the activity on Yonge. Very relaxed, a little upscale and the jazz tunes going were a solid kicker.
Beer list does have a wide selection - about 15 taps, 2 cask and a pretty wide range of bottles across the globe and style map. Very strong in Canada's range as well - lots of Unibroue in addition to the more English-style offerings of Ontario's craft brewers. Maybe a little wider range in the tap selections would be in order, but that's it.
Service was solid...took a few minutes to get settled but there was pretty much only 1 or 2 people covering the whole place...including pouring. Our waitress was very courteous and helpful; maybe not the most knowledgable about some of the taps but I gotta be able to figure it out for myself anyway, especially when I'm so unfamiliar with the local names.
The beers were good. The food was great. An appetizer of grilled calamari imparted the great char flavor by remaining lighter on the stomach than a traditional fried offering loaded with batter. The Beautiful Bride had a chicken panini with olives and artichokes - the bread was awesome and so was the rest of the thing. For me it was penne with fennel sausage - the sausage was in very small links and cut up but that didn't harm the crisp fennel flavor. The red sauce - almost a ragout - was hearty, clean, spicy and fresh. Nothing to complain about there.
Prices were reasonable pretty much - maybe getting into slightly pricier territory, but definitely not something to bitch about. This is a very cool place to lunch at and the beer list, although solid, almost became secondary. Not that it's a bad thing. Excellent stop deserving of a return engagement.
06-08-2009 09:40:59 | More by IBUnit63
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4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$$
BarVolo stacks up with the best. It is honestly one of the best beer bars I have ever been to.
They have quite a few rotating taps, I'd say about 35 or so, wich 6 or 7 beer engines. Fantastic! Love me a good cask ale now and then. The taplist consists of a mixture of Ontario beers and a few from other Canadian provinces. Just a really nice, well rounded selection. A little short on Stouts, which was surprising seeing how it's November, and beginning to be a bit chilly. They had quite a few APA's and IPA's, which I see isn't just an American thing, even the Canadian's have bought into the hop rage...it's all good. I didn't have any Pale's at all.
Their bottle selection is where it's at. Freaking amazing bottle selection. Things that you will not find anywhere else, aside from some of the really great beer bars around the world.
I didn't try any of the food on my first visit, but I know I will be back and want to give the food a shot, sounds and looks tasty. The service was fine. The bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly...I like the fact that they don't take your order at the table. Don't be a lazy D-Bag and get off your ass to order a freaking drink and a snack, bro! It keeps the staff to a minimal and that means taking up less space and less overheard for this bar.
Will recommend to people I want to visit...all others stay away.
11-22-2013 13:43:52 | More by MarcatGSB
4.14/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
This bar is great, but it would be amazing if located somewhere else in the city. Sitting outside on the patio people watch was entertaining and also depressing, but a good time nonetheless.
The inside is nice but a bit cramped.
Service was pleasant and informative. The menus say to order beer and food at the bar yet the servers came around to pour water and clean up. Why not take orders? Adds additional food traffic around the inside of the bar. No big deal as it was a quiet afternoon when I was there.
Excellent bottle selection but prices were steep. It is downtown T.O. so thats expected I guess.
I doubt I go back as its just too far out of the way from where I normally stay downtown. BarHop is equally good and much closer to most of the hotels.
10-15-2013 15:51:30 | More by FEUO
barVolo in Toronto, ON, Canada
96 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.