Bier Markt - Esplanade

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Bier Markt - EsplanadeBier Markt - Esplanade

Type: Bar, Eatery

58 The Esplanade
Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1A6

(416) 862-7575 | map

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by assurbanipaul:
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located just around the corner from C'est What?, I almost missed this place entirely and would have surely regretted that. Although the atmosphere does seem just a little new, corporate and sometimes clubby, it's one superb beer bar and restaurant.

Large dining area with an outside patio and a bar area deeper within the building, quite spacious all around even when crowded. The menu is limited but the food is excellent. Servers are also very well-trained and prompt, even when busy. Zagat rated.

About 40 taps and 100 bottled offerings, all kept in absolute pristine condition. Whomever owns this place seems fanatical about keeping the best beers in the best serving condition possible. Excellent worldwide selection, all with proper glassware and (surprisingly) even proper coasterware.

This place has the best beer menu I've ever seen. It's full color with photos, spiral bound, complete descriptions of beer listed both by national origin and by beer style -- the menu has a freakin' index! When was the last time you saw that? Do not overlook the "last call" listings on the back page, a list of limited editions or leftover bottles.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chrisjws
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of eberesford
3.59/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Beer selection good but overpriced and dominated by the big industrial brewers. Servers clueless about their product.

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Photo of sherillc
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of EMH73
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

The beer selection is fantastic but somewhat repetitive. The place is somewhat pricey, even by Toronto standards. We had a waitress that was in training so the service was slow and fair at best. The food was just OK. Many better places to go in the area.

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Photo of al_al1357
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of racingkenny14
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Went during Lunch on a Friday. Not very crowed inside more sitting outside Good large beer list. beer prices were a bit high. Almost like you were at the Ballpark. Food was expensive. I order 2 beers and 10 wings and FF the bill was 43 dollars with out the tip. Think that was the most expensive lunch i ever had. But overall i would come back if i return to visit Toronto again.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of talbotjf99
3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went in a few weeks ago with a friend I'd hadn't seen in almost a year. Pretty quiet on a Tuesday evening around 6pm. beer selection was very impressive, Belgians, American craft (Goose Island and Rogue anyone) and plenty of Canadian Micros on tap. Over 150 different bottles with many styles represented in some way or another.

Started with a Red Racer Pale Ale while my buddy got the same. Prices were high but not unreasonable. Unfortunately they were out of Houbolon Chouffe on tap, I had been looking forward to getting that amazing Belgian IPA on tap. Second glass was Delirium Tremens, also on tap. Price isn't too bad $8.50 for a 13 oz. pour, so it could've been a lot more.

Atmosphere was upscale but casual with a relaxed feel. Ended up going with German Schnitzel, which while $24 was a huge portion. Came with Spaetzle, Gracy and Lindonberry jam. For anyone enjoying Schnitzel, it's pretty good.

Overall service wasn't spectacular, our server knew the food side of the menu, but not necessarily the beer menu, but wasn't bad, took our orders reasonably promptly and was polite and timely.

Overall, a very good experience, especially if there's a beer on tap that you are looking for and while prices are high, it's downtown Toronto, so it's not altogether unexpected.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Walked in on a recommendation by a waitress at another beer site in Toronto, and I was not disappointed by the selection. Heavy emphasis on European brews, which usually means "hard to pick anything over the Belgians" for me, and that's what I did. Got an Urthel Hop It on tap, then the honorary Belgian, Netherlands' Trappist Konigshoeven Quad. We met a terrific girl named Sue who introduced us to Jager Bombs, so my friend and I left lit and primed for the Pearl Jam show that night. It was a wonderful place to spend some time, and the selection was one you could explore for days on end, if you were a Torontonian or regular visitor. We wouldn't have that opportunity, but we made the most of it.

Atmosphere is very European in character, matching the selection. Feels like a big German pub, several rooms and a large outside area in front, beckoning those on the sidewalk to come on in. Service might have been better. We were perusing the beer list, it was a formidable one, so I told the waiter "just need 2 minutes." I meant literally "2 minutes," but I guess he thought I said "10 minutes," because that's how long it took him to come back. But, once we were served the first time, he was attentive to our needs thereafter.

While everything is a bit pricey here, we had a great time and drank some truly top-notch beer too. Not much more you can ask for, really...

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Bier Markt - Esplanade in Toronto, ON, Canada
Place rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 45 ratings