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Bar Volo

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BEER AVG
3.72/5
Bar VoloBar Volo
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

587 Yonge St
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1Z4
Canada

(416) 928-0008 | map
barvolo.com

Notes:
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
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
48
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
87
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
6.88%
 
 
Taps:
32
Bottles/Cans:
76
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Although this is located directly on the major street of Toronto, Volo would not be out of place in the middle of Europe. A quaint small sidewalk cafe, candlelit by night with a European-themed decor. I could see this being a great place to take a special date.

As a cafe, the food is elegant and extraordinary. True, the portions are a little small but all ingredients are the best available, very farmhouse and artesianal. Service is just as good as the food, very well educated about what they serve and can make intelligent recommendations about both.

I counted 14 taps and somewhere around 150 bottled offerings. One thing I would like to mention about Volo is that this seemed to be the only BeerFly place I found in Toronto that was not afraid to carry a lot of US beers (US selection was abysmal everywhere else). Kudos to them for recognizing the US is more than just pisswater macros.

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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%

Photo of hunterjames
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of denisetodd
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mjacquard
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of terrec
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
3.72 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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