Milos' Craft Beer Emporium

Milos' Craft Beer EmporiumMilos' Craft Beer Emporium
Milos' Craft Beer EmporiumMilos' Craft Beer Emporium
Bar, Eatery

420 Talbot St
London, Ontario, N6A 2S2

(519) 601-4447 | map

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 17
Photo of PCarter99
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

While Milos' has a very dynamic energy and attracts a good selection of customers, the setting is often too noisy for proper conversation. Likewise they don't have a specific "aesthetic" or "image" that dominates the space. Their late night food is your typical pub fare with a bit of a twist (duck fat popcorn for example), which goes well with the beer offerings. Their craft selection is the main draw, as they have really impressive selection of unique offerings that is always changing. This is both their greatest strength and weakness however. Constantly changing kegs means there's always something new to try, but kegs don't stay on rotation long enough for repeat visits if you're looking to have the same thing over again (keeping in mind they do have a few staples that you can regularly get). Overall a pretty fun place that's worth checking out.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was by far and away the best place in London (Ontario) for craft beer. They even had bottles of Westy 12, which I haven't seen elsewhere. The selection of bottles was awesome, and the tap list was impressive. Lots of sours and European breweries. Food was very good, and the service was good.

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Photo of Ford_Prefect2nd
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Simply the best place in London to get great beer. Sadly its popularity has soared and it is not a huge place. Better enjoyed when the patio is an option. Main barkeep is great at his job, knows his stuff. Some of the waitresses are good, some less so.

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Photo of buridan
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

This is not a pub, but it is a beer bar with excellent food. They currently have two cask ales, both esoteric brews from local breweries that you'll be lucky to see again, but beyond that they have 20 other taps of quality canadian craft brews with three international taps, Sitting at the bar, the bartenders are everpresent but not pushy, and wiling to give trials and suggestions. The mix of craft brews on taps is about 60 percent lager variants with 40 % ales, with currently one sour on tap, which is sad as it is fall and the saisons could have a bit of sour but are fairly pedestrian. The food is locavore mainly and superbly prepared. Overall, i think there is something here for ever beer drinker from the classic Czeck Budvar to the super hoppy Smashbombs.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

A nice spot and definitely worth a visit if you are in London.

Nice atmosphere. Was in there in a busy night so the service was slow, but it was understandable. Good selection of beer from across Ontario with the likes of Flying Monkeys, Great Lakes, Nickelbrook, Black Oak, House Ales and Grand River all represented. I like the TV monitors with the up-to-date beer menus on them.

Had the burger, which was fantastic!

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Photo of Watershed
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Easily the best place in London to drink craft beer, with a regularly rotating selection of 23 taps and 2 casks drawn mostly from Ontario micros -- with a sprinkling of Quebec (esp. Unibroue and Dieu du Ciel) and international imports. Living in the area off and on for several years, I've been here dozens of times and always found something new and interesting to sample (in truth, usually two or three things...).

Having had friendly chats with the owner and many of the staff, my impression of the service is likely biased, but even as an unfamiliar newcomer, I was always treated well and (almost as important for a beer bar) have always found the staff knowledgeable in regards to the ever-changing tap list.

The food, too, is excellent, with a menu emphasizing local, seasonal fare and a lot of in-house preparation (house-cured meats, for example). As a vegetarian, I'd like a few more options, but at the same time I've never failed to find something good to eat. It's not cheap, but still affordable, and in fact besides its preeminence in the beer area, Milos' is one of the better places in London for casual yet gourmet-quality bistro-style food.

All in all, a must-visit for anyone finding themselves in the London area.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A very comfortable place to have a beer in London, this would be a very good bar in Toronto. Clean, neat, organized, good lighting. Tables and a decent sized bar. Electronic lists of taps and bottles, signature great Milos Army service. London is a relatively safe whitebread city and this place reflects that safety and comfort. Best part is having some laughs, drinking a beer with Milos, one of the most Gregorius beer people in the country that explains the loyalty of his quality staff year after year.

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Photo of dipso123
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

23 taps and a growing bottle list. Focused on Ontario craft beer. Open about 100 or so days and getting better all the time. In the past Milos has had a number of Meet and Greet events with local craft breweries and night in which these same breweries have "tap takeovers" in which beers brewed just for the occasion are served. Milos has promised this will continue. These are a great chance to try some unusual and adventurous beers from local breweries.

The food deserves special mention because it is so much better than the average craft beer place. I have eaten there twice and been amazed at the quality of the food - really one of the best craft-beer-focused places at which I have eaten dinner. Even if you are not a beer nut this is a great place to eat.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went here with my wife's family, including my mother-in-law, while in London for a few days. Only a few customers on a Thursday night, but the whole London downtown seemed to be pretty slow that evening.

A - We sat out on one of the patios, but the interior was fairly modern albeit dimly lit. A giant projection screen displays the 23 draft offerings, but it'd be nice to have a few paper copies for those sitting outside so that we don't have to keep walking in and out of the bar for additional info. Things seem a tad Spartan at the moment, but I assume they'll decorate more over time.

Q - Beers were served in appropriate glassware at reasonable temperatures. I was surprised how generous a pour of Great Lakes' BA Porter I received.

Sr - The server was quite nice, and was willing to humor my mother-in-law's ignorance about craft beer and occasional odd request. He also seemed knowledgeable about both the beer and menu items.

Sl - The tap selection is certainly the best in London, and rivals anything you'd find in Toronto as well. Bottles are of course limited by the draconian LCBO, but are well chosen and cover styles not made by Ontario brewers (notably sours and Belgians). Westvleteren XII was available, but somewhat overpriced at $35.

F - We only had fries, but they were pretty good. I only saw the bar menu, so I'm going to hold off giving this a score.

The bill was quite reasonable for Ontario, with most drafts in the $6 range and half-pints available as well. If I'm London again I will definitely return.

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Photo of cratez
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is London’s premier beer destination, owned and operated by award-winning publican Milos Kral. The bar has an open tap room layout with a large projector screen that displays all of the draughts. A beautiful two-sided patio overlooks Carling and Talbot streets and seats about 40 people.

They serve 23 micro taps and 2 casks with excellent style variation and representation from across the province. A limited bottle menu consists of private order Belgians and high gravity brews like Southern Tier Iniquity, DDC Rigor Mortis, etc. The latest rotating draught is Nickel Brook New World BPA.

In terms of food, Chef Matt Reijnen has created entree and bar menus that focus on smoked dishes (meats, veggies, soups), house-made sausages, and upscale pub grub. I recommend the Smoked Wings, Steamed P.E.I. Mussels, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Prices are fair as most pints are under $6 and mains run between $14-19.

What really distinguishes this place, though, is the superb service and knowledge that Mr. Kral, Adil Ahmed, and Nick Farmer provide to their patrons. If you have a question about a beer or food pairing, these guys are more than happy to answer it. I look forward to watching this bar grow as Milos and crew continue to put more Londoners onto craft beer. A mandatory stop in Southwestern Ontario.

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Milos' Craft Beer Emporium in London, ON, Canada
Place rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 17 ratings