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Type: Bar, Eatery

170 University Ave W
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3E9

(519) 888-9699 | map

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Added by notdan on 07-22-2009

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Reviews by notdan:
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

This place has quickly become my favourite hangout in Waterloo. Located just beside the university, it's an ideal spot to grab a beer with some friends after class or to watch the game in the evening.

The walls are covered in beer posters, soccer flags, and pub crawl T-shirts. There's a few high-def TVs that will show any relevant sporting events, with a bit of a focus on soccer when possible. There is not usually music playing, but it's quiet when there is. This place is far from pretentious.

The beer selection is probably the best I've seen in Waterloo so far. There are about a dozen taps that will include a rotating bunch of Ontario craft beers (often Mill Street, Wellington, Flying Monkey, Grand River, F&M, etc.) along with some nice imports (Hoegaarden and Fuller's are common) and some standard lagers (Keith's, Stella, etc.). The fridge holds about 40 or 50 different beers, including a nice selection of Unibroue, Mill Street, Wellington, and decent imports such as Hacker-Pschorr, Pilsner Urquell, and a bunch of UK cans.

The service has always been great. The owner is usually the only guy working and is always happy to inform you about the beer offerings or sit down and chat if you're in the mood.

The food menu is limited but they offer some decent apps if you're feeling peckish. Standard bar snacks like nachos, mozza sticks, chicken fingers, etc.

The prices at Kickoff are reasonable but not particularly cheap. Good pints are usually $5.25, and even strong Unibroue beers are $5.25 (compared to $7 or $8 at some other bars).

Overall, if you're looking for a relaxing place to hang out for a few beers with friends, this is definitely a good spot. I don't think you're going to find much better of a beer selection in Waterloo.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of headlessparrot
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of terrec
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ghettobrown
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Exceptionally friendly atmosphere, including bartender and other patrons. Two large flastcreen TVs and foosball table liven up the room even more.

Beer is always good, kegs changed regularly, and kept clean. Lots of tables and chairs, but can get crowded easily.

Service is good, usually one bartender working, and can get very busy. Bartenders are extremely friendly and come and sit down with you and have short conversations. They know their beers well, and are always helpful in recommendations.

Selection is by far the best in Waterloo. Extensive bottle selection, but draught is cycled through regularly, bringing in new beers from local and craft brewers, as well as international beers, usually from Germany.

Food is not the major attraction here. Menu is limited and not impressive, but if you're really hungry you can always order lattice fries or onion rings (both my favourites). Price is fine for the amount/quality of food.

Prices are based on the beer, usually nothing higher than $6/pint. Compared to prices nearby bars charge for macro imports, Kickoff has a much better value. Higher end bars in Toronto usually charge $7 or $8 for German beers that Kickoff charges ~$6.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ever since the unfortunate demise of the Castle on King, it's been difficult to get a unique beer experience in the KW area. Most bars and pubs around here tend to be stuck in the Labatt-Molson-Coors selection, or the Guinness-Kilkenny-Harp import line. I prefer the latter, but it gets a little old. There are so many great beers around the city, it's been tough not having a wider selection in watering holes.

Kickoff is the exception; hardly ever do I enter the bar and see the same lineup as I have before. An excellent selection of local brews (Stonehammer, Mill St., Unibroue, Wellington) on tap, but the real excitement comes from its offerings of imports. In the last month alone, I've had, on tap, Konigshoeven, Gales Best Bitter, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, Ulther Hop-it, Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen, to name but a few. They do have a cask pump tap, which has featured Fullers Porter and Honeydew Ale in the past month or two. The bottle selection is also incredible - at least 100 varieties of domestic and imported in a doublewide fridge and in plain view for the customer to choose.

The food is not well advertized - the menu seems to be whatever the bartender that night feels like making - but so far I've yet to be disappointed. Usual bar fare, chicken fingers and chili fries, just something to keep you going. A restaurant it is not, but the food is decent.

The decor is beer memoribilia, footy scarves and two large flat screens that always have the game on. One of the few places guaranteed to have the Prem match on!

Kickoff remains my favourite spot to drink, just for the variety of taps and bottles to choose from. Prices are fair: the trappist ale was about on par with a Guinness at most other places, so it's well worth the expense. Worth a go!

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Kickoff in Waterloo, ON, Canada
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5 ratings