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barVolo

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 74
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 32
Bottles: 76
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

587 Yonge St
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1Z4
Canada
phone: (416) 928-0008

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barvolo

Notes:
barVolo has recently begun brewing house beers on premise, under the guise of House Ales. However they are not always available. Call ahead to confirm.

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Reviews by Quej:
Photo of Quej
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

First thing I saw when I walked in was the incredible selection of beer in the entrance. I was little shocked at first by the size of the place, but was quickly greeted and took a seat the bar. I ordered several pints on draft, of some beers new to me from Ontario and even a Belgian quadrupel. I was impressed. I then quickly switched to the wide selection of American craft beers that they have in bottles. Tried some great ones that I'd never even heard of.
I ordered a pizza, which was not at all like a pizza, but incredibly delicious. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about beer. The only unfortunate part about the place, other than the size and lack of seating was the prices. Granted it's one the only places I've seen with such a large collection of American beers in Canada, so it is worth it.
Great bar. I absolutely recommend it.

Quej, Apr 04, 2008
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Westvleteren12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Dude.

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.

MarcatGSB, Nov 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Lilwiza, Oct 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of FEUO
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

FEUO, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of beersnoop
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

What a treat for my recent business trip north of the border to Toronto. Bar Volo is my new favorite beer bar in North America, seriously. Granted, part of the appeal is the local (Canadian) selection of beers of all types that I don't find in the USA, but these guys really know their stuff and care about their inventory. I hung out with the owner a bit on one of my visits, too, and he really conveys his passion for this excellent beer bar. Unmissable when in Toronto.

beersnoop, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of 307x
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%

Great selection with 30 taps of craft beer available. Mostly Ontario but there's a few Quebec brews available as well. I've been here a bunch of times but never had food - so I can't adequately rate it. Service is a bit limited - I've been told a couple of times that there was no wait staff so if I wanted anything I'd have to order from the bar - but when they do have waited tables, the staff is cordial but not brimming with excitement or friendliness. Patio is excellent if you get the end table facing Yonge St to people-watch, but even if not it's a nice covered patio, great for spring and summer months!

307x, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of paulie
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%

Nice corner bar with a great beer selection. But I doubt I'll bother going back.

Positives:

Enormous beer selection. Lots of local stuff. Good range of styles on the tap list, including cask ales, ciders, and sour beers. There is something for everyone. Fast service at the bar. Low-key, comfortable atmosphere. Mostly young customers who are lively but not rowdy. Relatively efficient (although not terribly friendly) service.

Negatives:

Very limited food menu, and much of that was "not available tonight". I ended up ordering a burger when I got tired of asking for unavailable things. The place was full but not what I'd call "crowded", yet it took 35 minutes for my burger to show up. Not large, or special, and nothing with it except some olives, for 15 Loonies.

Bottle list is heavy on Belgians. I didn't see much else. And the prices were ridiculous. Sure, some of the stuff is rare. But beer has to be pretty effing amazing to justify $30 - $60 per bottle. And most of the stuff on the blackboard was, indeed, in that range.

There is an outdoor patio where people can smoke. Every time the door opens, the smell of smoke blasts in. Yuck.

Overall, I do like the vibe and the tap selection. But it is overpriced for what you get and not good enough to justify a return trip.

paulie, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of EspressoGuy
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%

Thank goodness i googled for cask beers Toronto and came across this place. AMAZING! But that is really based on being fortunate enough to get the one and only seat at the bar and then to be "hosted" by Tomas, co-owner and beer/coffee geek extraordinaire. He was working flat out pouring beers and talking to customers and still made time to tell me all about their AMAZING "nano-brewery" and more importantly to offer tastes. I wish the info about the beers was on their website but it's not so feel lucky just to taste them at the time. My visit this time included -- and excuse me if I don't have all the details right; we were chatting across the bar -- a FANTASTIC brun that was aged in wine barrels for 6 months and a equally good Berlinerweisse. So many taps, so little time. I don't give a rating of 5 very easily but really this may be the best beer bar I've every visited -- or at least equal to Hair of the Dog in Portland. And if you're into good coffee too don't forget to ask for his recommendations. He knows his stuff!

EspressoGuy, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%

A nice little corner bar just up from Dundas square. My wife and I stopped by after dinner. They have an outstanding tap selection of local Canadian craft beer with a couple on cask. A few of them are even brewed in house. The 16+ taps are augmented by an extensive bottle list. Prices are quite reasonable. We went Tuesday evening when it really wasn't busy but often felt forgotten by the server. Other than that it was a great little bar with a nice outdoor patio section and unparalleled selection. If you're in Toronto and can spare a moment, this is a worthwhile stop.

ThickNStout, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Can't say enough good things about this place. By far the best tap selection in the city and for the most part is made up of offerings not available in stores. Usually about 3 cask offerings from around Ontario with the odd Quebec or Fullers offering. The House Ales they brew on site are all interesting and for the most part very good. They get the best offerings from Great Lakes (ONT) that no other bar in the city gets. Impressive bottle list that includes a wide selection of styles that includes some rare and harder to find bottles. The owner is very friendly and will chat and have a beer with you, the staff are all friendly and knowledgeable. They also host some great events as well, tap takeovers and themed evenings. It does get a little busy here on the weekends and sometimes the service can be on the slow side but that is to be expected. Pretty solid menu, the pizza and veal burgers are delicious also a few good looking pasta dishes. Hands down the place to go for good beer in Toronto. Also, 5 dollar pints on Mondays.

peensteen, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%

Utterly fantastic, must-stop-in, 100% recommended bar. If you're ever in Toronto, and you love beer: GO.

The place was quiet when we popped in on a Monday afternoon, but that gave the visit a relaxing, all-to-ourselves kind of atmosphere. Despite so few customers at the time, the service was merely okay. No real effort to inform us of their beers, many of which are bottled and hidden behind the bar, but with the use of the chalkboard we sorted out our order. And when I did ask the guy some questions, he was extremely knowledgeable.

Volo specializes in GREAT BEER. Saw lots of stuff I never see in the states, and a big selection of super great stuff in bottles too (Pannepot, BrewDog's Tokio, etc.). There was even a cask offering, and everything was served at just the right temperature. The general vibe here is one that will make any diehard beer fanatic very comfortable, in terms of selection and atmosphere.

Like the Esplanade Bier Markt in another part of town, there's a very European vibe to the place, which is totally fitting. And like that other place, it's a bit pricey, but it was hard to feel anything but satisfied upon exiting the joint. Go!!!

Metalmonk, Sep 14, 2011
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barVolo in Toronto, ON, Canada
96 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.