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Bar VoloBar Volo

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

587 Yonge St
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1Z4

(416) 928-0008 | map

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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4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

volo is a great little place conveniently located right on the subway in downtown toronto. whether you're a local or just visiting, it's a must-visit place if you want good beer.

the restaurant is fairly small, with seating for approximately 35 people, and a bar area with room for about 10 more. when seasonally appropriate, there's also a patio available. the atmostphere is cozy, like an small cafe, and always busy.

as for beer, there are approximately 10 taps that are usually most/all local offerings, perfect for anyone new to the city. if you're looking for more variety, the bottle selection is where volo really starts to shine. the menu changes regularly as new things become available and contains a great mix of canadian, US, and international offerings. ralph goes out of his way to make sure that the beer is fresh and the selection is top notch.

while the beer would be more than enough to draw you here, the food is also worth the trip. whether it's a nice appetizer while you're sipping a beverage or a nice bowl of pasta, you won't be disappointed by the food at volo.

service is great, and the staff are always very friendly and knowledgeable.

i think volo is a great value too. the food is priced reasonably and even beers that could fetch top dollar are comparably priced with other offerings.

all of that aside, where i've seen volo really shine is efforts like ralph's "cask days" festivals. he gets most of the ontario brewers, many of whom don't even usually do casks, to create interesting and unique cask beers. some of them are variations on their standard fare, others are complete one-off experiments created specifically for the fest. there is simply no better source of cask beer anywhere in ontario and no better cask fest. ralph is a true "beer advocate" in every way possible.

in summary, volo is a must-visit spot for anyone visiting the area and a frequent stop for locals too.

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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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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%

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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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