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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 63
Beer Avg: 3.75

Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barvolo

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 cyrenaica:
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I first visited this establishment on July 11, 2007 with a friend. It is a small restaurant with as many seats inside as outside. The server brought both a food menu (mainly Italian) and a beer menu (over 150 varieties available). Checking the website, I discovered that 29 of the top 100 from this site were available. One of the things I noticed when reading the beer menu was that there were some listed on the menu not ono the web site. I chose a St. Bernardus Abt 12. Most of the patrons in the restaurant were drinking a wide variety of beer.

The food was very good but not great. The service was very good as well. No hovering.

Value? I found the prices for similar beers at Smokeless Joe's and The Beer Bistro to be less expensive at Cafe Volo. I find the atmosphere at Cafe Volo to be similar to that of Smokeless Joe's and more conducive to beer drinking than the Beer Bistro. I have already recommended this place to a friend.

07-15-2007 04:27:06 | More by cyrenaica
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-27-2014 02:09:39 | More by Dee13
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-23-2014 00:26:06 | More by Brendan10
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-13-2014 03:52:05 | More by yancot
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-11-2013 20:45:57 | More by toronto_beermaven
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-09-2013 23:27:26 | More by Westvleteren12
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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
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-22-2013 07:36:37 | More by Lilwiza
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-16-2013 20:37:45 | More by valianes
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Ontario (Canada)

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
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barVolo in Toronto, ON, Canada
96 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.