Bar Volo

BEER AVG
3.71/5
Bar VoloBar Volo
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

587 Yonge St
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1Z4
Canada

(416) 928-0008

// CLOSED //

Notes:
After 28 years of business on the corner of Yonge and Dundonald in Toronto our family received an eviction notice to make way for a new condo development at 587 Yonge St. The last day of business was October 1st, 2016. We are working on re-locating Bar Volo to a new location in the new year. In the meantime you can visit our sister location Birreria Volo located at 612 College St. in Little Italy. Ciao!


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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BEER STATS
Beers:
20
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
19
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
6.88%
 
 
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We finally made it to Toronto this past Saturday after waking up at 5 AM, experiencing an extensive TSA search at Logan, an extensive search at Canadian customs in our drive from Buffalo and after checking in to our hotel a few blocks up on Yonge at Bloor. Needliess to say, around 2 PM we were ready for lunch and a beer or 2.

The sun and the nice moderate temperature (around 20C) made dining outside a preferred option - you're still under cover but can take in all the activity on Yonge. Very relaxed, a little upscale and the jazz tunes going were a solid kicker.

Beer list does have a wide selection - about 15 taps, 2 cask and a pretty wide range of bottles across the globe and style map. Very strong in Canada's range as well - lots of Unibroue in addition to the more English-style offerings of Ontario's craft brewers. Maybe a little wider range in the tap selections would be in order, but that's it.

Service was solid...took a few minutes to get settled but there was pretty much only 1 or 2 people covering the whole place...including pouring. Our waitress was very courteous and helpful; maybe not the most knowledgable about some of the taps but I gotta be able to figure it out for myself anyway, especially when I'm so unfamiliar with the local names.

The beers were good. The food was great. An appetizer of grilled calamari imparted the great char flavor by remaining lighter on the stomach than a traditional fried offering loaded with batter. The Beautiful Bride had a chicken panini with olives and artichokes - the bread was awesome and so was the rest of the thing. For me it was penne with fennel sausage - the sausage was in very small links and cut up but that didn't harm the crisp fennel flavor. The red sauce - almost a ragout - was hearty, clean, spicy and fresh. Nothing to complain about there.

Prices were reasonable pretty much - maybe getting into slightly pricier territory, but definitely not something to bitch about. This is a very cool place to lunch at and the beer list, although solid, almost became secondary. Not that it's a bad thing. Excellent stop deserving of a return engagement.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

A rock solid craft beer destination. Nestled in a funky little neighbor off the university, the tap list is great, the cask options unique, particularly for someone from the States where such things are rare, and the bottle list is impressive, if sometimes pricey. It was a friendly place, and I'll look them up in their new digs, hopefully. This is a place you need to visit if you are in Toronto.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located right near the highways in downtown Toronto, this is a quaint little bar, all dark wood, slate, and antiques as far as the eye can see. There's a tap for every letter of the alphabet plus a few, and the selection seems to be well-curated and varied. Service is restricted to going up to the bar to get your beverages, but it's hardly a negative, especially when the bartenders tend to be helpful. I did not try the food, but I did find a spectacular Canadian-brewed hefeweizen. I also didn't bother with the bottle selection, as when I'm out at a bar, it's for the draught experience.

Will definitely return on any subsequent trips to Toronto.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beerdrinkr
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Bar Volo gets great reviews and having been here I can now see why. It is a marvelous venue located right on Yonge Street. I stopped by on a quiet Sunday night, my first night in Toronto. There is a busy patio; however, the humidity drove me into the dim and intimate interior and a place near the small corner bar area. There is a chalkboard detailing the draft selection. I enjoyed: their house ESB on cask, Great Lakes Thrust IPA, Nickelbrook Headstock, Black Oak Saisson and O'Keefe Dry irish Stout. Delicious all. (There are water bottles at the bar that allow you to hydrate and cleanse the palate. Good thinking.)
Food-wise, the menu was pretty eclectic; I opted for the filling muffaletto sandwich. The bathrooms are downstairs - past the glass doors to the left of the bar.

A must for any beer lover when in Toronto.

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Photo of KidBlast74
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of rale
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of ABrewtifulMind
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Ridiculously good - friendly, knowledgable staff, great beer selection. Out of the way for me but completely worth the trip!

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Photo of HJayS
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

If you find yourself in T.O., go to Bar Volo. A selection of beers as good as anywhere and a great atmosphere.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Solid choice for beers in the T-Dot. Good selection of Belgians and locals. 30 minute walk from right downtown or easy Subway ride.

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Photo of cam477
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Gotti311
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of AugustusRex
4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Bar Volo in Toronto, ON, Canada
3.71 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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