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Bier Markt - Esplanade

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Type: Bar, Eatery

58 The Esplanade
Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1A6

(416) 862-7575 | map

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Reviews by crashdavisinoh:
Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here for a friends bday dinner on a friday night...

Atmosphere when we first got there was dead...we were there initially at 8 on a friday and the place was mostly empty...however, over the course of the next hour or so...that changed...was not overly crowded but all tables were filled, as was all stools and people were standing around the bar...we were seated at a large table kinda in the restaurant portion right in front of their stage. A cover band (pretty good for a cover band) went on at around 10 I think. It was relaxed upscalish.

The service was pretty good too...the server was great with making suggestions for me...as I had not heard of most of these beers b/c they were predominantly Canadian. She asked what style I liked, etc. Very helpful...she was also helpful in making sense of their menu. She was attentive.

Selection...was impressive...lots of things on draft...don't know how many but it was at least 20 I would think...plus a lot of bottles...small and large. Predominantly Canadian micro brewers but some US as well (saw some Rogue and others)...also offered BMC. I had an Alexander Keith's IPA...(see review) among a couple others...I mention this IPA here b/c it was the worst IPA I have had...it is not an IPA!

I had a flatbread for dinner along w/ shared apps for the table...everything I tried was quite good...my flatbread was 12...but that is where the value really does end...this place is PRICEY! Food...beers...drinks...everything...very pricey. I don't recall seeing a full entree for under $24 and most beers were at least $8.

I would probably go back here but cost could be prohibitive. Overall...good place though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of eberesford
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +16.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of EMH73
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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 -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of racingkenny14
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of talbotjf99
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

One of many beer haunts in Toronto I was hoping to explore in the coming months. A chance trip to T.O. this weekend gave me the opportunity to check the place out, and generally speaking I was happy with the experience, but with some strong reservations.

The bar was easy to find, and there is ample parking in adjacent lots nearby. Though it was dinnertime on a Sunday, the place was relatively busy. Staff were helpful almost to a fault. Our waitress in particular was very friendly, patient (two of our party needed a good ten minutes to whittle down a beer selection), and her descriptions of some of the more unknown brews on the bottle list were spot on.

The restaurant/bar is pretty large, dark, with stone walls and dark wood accents. Random kegs are found in piles here and there, probably as a decoration. Some Bruegel-style paintings adorn the wall. It looked more like a club than a biergarden, but it was still fairly nice.

The staff was great and the place looked good enough. However, I'd rate this place higher if even just one of the three following things had been better:

1) Beer selection: This place does indeed have a very large draught selection, far better than most places I've seen in the province, but there wasn't a lot there that really wowed me. All but a few brews on the list are available in regular rotation at the LCBO, although it was nice to see them on draught. Foreign lager heavy, although there were some nice rarer brews to be found in the mix. I had Spaten Munchner and De Koninck. The locals, however, were wanting: just Steam Whistle, Denison's and Welly Dark, possibly an Amsterdam blonde. Nothing from Mill Street, Granite, Duggan, Black Oak or beyond. C'est What is just down the road, and is a lot better for this. However, I'd have been be more happier with the selection this if it weren't for...

2) The Price. I know Toronto beer is more expensive than other places, but jeez... Even the pints on special were pushing 8 bucks before tax/tip. The single bottle selections were so tempting, but were nearly 10 bucks a pop. I splurged and had Hoegaarden Verboden Vrucht, which was excellent, but was about $9.50. It was also my third bottle choice, as the previous two were out. Hard to really sample the fare - I really felt constricted to only have one or two before my wallet gave out.

3) The Food. Holy mother, this menu is pricey. I mean ridiculously pricey. My wife ordered a cheese platter to accompany our sampling, and for $17 dollars we got three small wedges, barely enough to share, with a few grapes and some crackers. Yes, cheese is expensive, but come on... Everything else on the menu was ludicrously expensive, so we took our hungry stomachs next door to a pseudo Irish pub and ate there.

Worth visiting only so often, especially if you've got a hankering for a rare foreign brew that would otherwise require a trip to Belgium to acquire. But if the prices were more reasonable, if the food was better-priced and more diverse, or if the beer selection was more unique, this would have been an excellent spot. As it is, my beer hankerings will probably take me to better places in the area. My wallet and inner beer geek will thank me...

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Bier Markt - Esplanade in Toronto, ON, Canada
Place rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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