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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
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Photo of cratez
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Came here before the Leafs/Devils game on December 16th. The bar opens at 4pm during the week and on this night it reached capacity by 5:20pm. Definitely a popular place, and for good reason.

The vibe is laid back. Dimmed lights give the bar a dark, relaxed, almost romantic ambience. The crowd was diverse, ranging from a middle-aged couple to a group of computer nerds to a businessman working on something. A display of bottled beer greets you at the door with a ridiculous variety of offerings. Vintage beer posters cover the walls, particularly near the stairs, washroom, and ATM machine. We sat at a half-booth table with a bear-skin rug on the back of the bench (amazing!). There were many people standing at the bar. Great atmosphere.

With respect to the service, our waitress was extremely knowledgeable, quick with the food, and very engaging. When she found out we're from London, she asked us about Milos' place and said she'd heard about the good things he's been doing lately. Made for a nice discussion.

Food is tasty. Quite a sophisticated menu for a beer bar (though beerbistro takes the cake). All of us enjoyed our pastas and garlic bread. There's a wide array of antipasti, pizzas, salads, and pastas on the menu.

Volo's drink selection is second to none. There were 15 beers on tap, Black Oak Pale Ale on cask, and 200 bottled beers. The wine menu is fairly extensive. I had a 2004 bottle of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, which was delicious. My friend had a La Trappe Quadrupel on tap.

In terms of prices, four beers, two glasses of wine, and four entrees were $125 without tips. Considering the quality of everything, that is decent value. Some beers are shockingly expensive but entrees are under $17 each. Overall this bar offers an excellent atmosphere, unsurpassed drink selection, tasty food, and respectable value. I will be visiting again.

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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%

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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
3.72 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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