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The Rhino Restaurant + Bar
Taps: 23 / Bottles: 246
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$ - inexpensive
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1249 Queen St W
, M6K 1L5
phone: (416) 535-8089
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $
Try this bar. Just because it's bad doesn't mean s**t. The thing you need to know about the Rhino is that it has a f**k load of beers (in theory) but it's as unpretentious as a place can be. I like to get my drink on with world class beers and hammer down some Rain In Blood on the juke box that, as far as selection goes, puts their 350+ bottle list to shame.
So over all this place is pretty much a tribute to Parkdale's dumpiness. And I'll tell ya another thing, they do have some of the cheapest s**t in town. I've spent many nights there and I'm always surprised how low the bill is in the end. The access to good beer is there in spite of a very poorly managed beer list. Anybody who's ever been there knows that you have to choose at least 3 beers and if you're lucky they will have one. Most times its more of a struggle if you want the rare and unique. I always find something. If you come when they roll out the seasonal menu you are stylin' because they probably have the beer in stock. I pretty much ignore the big blue list of bottles and go for the seasonals.
Food is cheap too. Get the burger, its dirt cheap everyday, you can't go wrong. Slam some of the cheapest beers in town, take home an ugly person for some sexualizing and try not to let the piss poor service get you down. Its only drinks, not the f**king end of the world.
Some breweries I've successfully ordered:
Mikeller, Dogfish Head
Rogue, Dieu Du Ciel
Charlivoux, Trois mousquetaires
Half Pints, Westmalle
Flying Monkeys, Southern Tier
Nøgne, Central City
plus they usually have a cask offering.
and some other stuff including labatt's 50 for $3.60. Check'r out with your pecker out.
11-21-2011 23:15:15 |
More by beerSexualizer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
An interesting beer bar. The place is huge inside with a lot of TVs (not typical for a craft beer bar) and has a pub feel to it.
The beer selection was interesting. A HUGE bottle list that was largely comprised of current and past LCBO offerings but also had a few interesting offerings from Southern Tier, Brooklyn and Mikkeller (among others). The tap tap list, however, was disappointing. The selection was very average and did not feature many of the better Ontario offerings. The only IPA on tap was Big Rock IPA (disappointing) and the tap list was dominated by more easy drinking styles.
I generally drink draft beer when I am out but the taps were so weak that we ended up sharing two bottles - a Phillips The Hammer and a ST Oat. And followed that with a Beau's Nightmarzen.
The service was friendly but VERY SLOW. Ordering from the bottle list made it even worse. It seemed to take 20 minutes to "go to the basement" and check if something was available.
I would go back if I was in the neighbourhood but not sure I would go out of my way to return here.
10-29-2011 17:29:44 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
EDIT - APRIL 2012: Went to The Rhino while waiting for a table at Grand Electric across the street. It took 15 minutes to get a menu and another 15 to receive our drinks. I actually went to cancel the order but she had already poured the beers when I got to the bar. I used to think this place was underrated but I now see it for the shithole that it is.
2011 Review - Visited with Baird and Farmer after the Session 99 Craft Beer Festival. Large open bar and dining area greets you at the door with the patio off to the right. Crowd is diverse in age. We grabbed three pints of Black Oak 10 Bitter Years and I noticed Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA and Great Lakes Lackey’s Cask on tap. Bottle list is massive with stuff from Brooklyn, Thomas Hardy’s, Southern Tier, Les Brasseurs de Gayant, and Rogue, among countless other breweries. Many craft offerings. Service was a bit grisly, but we got our drinks and take out in reasonable time, and the waitresses are quite attractive. The food was surprisingly good - I enjoyed my Thai chicken pizza and the beef nachos were tasty as well (thanks Nick!). Overall, this place is underrated IMO, and if the service was slightly better, I would’ve reviewed it even more favourably. The Rhino has a very respectable draught lineup, a huge bottle menu, solid pub grub, an eclectic crowd, and a fun, welcoming atmosphere. For a so-called "dive bar," you could do MUCH worse.
07-07-2011 19:48:24 |
More by cratez
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
On the wrong side of town for me but I've been a couple times now and the story is the same each time - poor service and unable to deliver on the promise of big selection.
The Rhino trumpets 341 different beers on their bottle menu which is now hopelessly outdated and picked clean - I would be shocked to find that more than 41 of those are in stock. Our group ordered around 10 different bottles before we found one that was in. Of course the better selections and seasonals are long gone but even selections such as Molson Stock or Southern Tier IPA which are still in the LCBO as regular offerings are no longer available.
Their tap list looked quite promising when we arrived but we were informed that most of those had changed as well. Why keep outdated lists in your menus, what's the point? Still, each time there's been at least one or two worth checking out on tap.
Each time service has been atrocious. Either sit right at the bar or expect massive wait times for your drinks. Why does it take fifteen minutes every time I order a beer when I can see the tap handle fifteen feet away and the place is a quarter full? Some of the worst service I've had in Toronto.
Food has ranged from poor to passable, nothing too exciting. The vibe is slightly cavernous as there are often large sections empty and not in use. The patio is spacious and awesome in the summer. The prices are low, especially on the bottle menu. If you're in the area pop by (and order all your drinks at once) but certainly not worth any amount of travel.
06-30-2011 14:29:29 |
More by ritzkiss
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $
Popped in here with a group of people during the midst of a huge thunderstorm. The Rhino was taking part in the Cask Crawl weekend, and had around 8 casks on for this event, so it seemed worthy of finally making the journey out there.
Cavernous place with a large island bar that seems to have a fairly decent Ontario-focused micro list. The focus was the casks, so we didn't waste too much time on it. I did, however, peruse the legendary menu, which I'm informed is ridiculously out of date and drastically overstates their actual inventory. It came as a huge surprise, then, when my Brooklyn Local 1 actually arrived at the table.
Service was ridiculously sub-par. Drinks took forever to arrive, and the solitary food order of nachos arrived after 70 minutes, and looked like someone had upended a bag of chips on a plate and melted cheese on tap. Really, really lame, and while not rude, not exactly a model of efficiency.
Clienetele seems like the usual west end mix of deadbeats, hipsters and old wannabe hipsters.
A decent spot if you're in the neighbourhood, but not worth the trip from downtown. Huge plus is the stupidly low prices.
05-17-2010 20:23:55 |
More by bobsy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a nice little spot, I really enjoyed sitting on the patio and having a few brews. They have a fairly large seating area outside and inside. The beer menu is one of the bigger ones I've seen but a lot of the beers I wanted to order were unavailable (she must have came back and forth a good 6 times once). I enjoyed the food but I cant really remember what I had, I think it was a chicken burger and a caesar salad. The service was good, she was quick and fairly knowledgeable. The prices were even with most other beer bars in Toronto. I would recommend The Rhino to anyone heading for Toronto.
07-09-2009 18:15:30 |
More by irishkyle21
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Sorry for the half-assed review. Kinda stumbled upon this one while waiting for a halloween event to open... hope to come back and update this sooner rather than later.
Generally a nondescript sort of place. Tables, bar, pool tables in the back. Didn't try the food. I hear it has a reputation for being cheapish. The bottle beer selection is very good though - many, many bottles including European imports unavailable from the LCBO. Beer menu easily eclipses the food menu. Some 10 or so micros on tap including a cask when I visited. Pints clocked in at $5.60 I think, which is not bad and served at an appropriate temperature. Bottle markup was pretty good too IMO, based on what I know the LCBO sells for.
Went back here a few weeks ago. Very disappointed with the number of items on both the bottle and taps list that were not available. Had some food - was ok, but nothing spectacular.
02-12-2009 19:05:36 |
More by allergictomacros
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
In the reviving Dufferin/Queen area, a large facility. You want to sit in front of the bar-lots of space. Outside patio-good size. Sports bar? It's here. And no smoke Toronto. Well over 200 bottles of beer, about 8 taps, including a confidentially made lager that was drinkable. Good service by ladies of all ages. I wouldn't eat here. A place to have a decent beer and get away from it all. A number of bottles of microbrews to try that I wouldn't want to buy a six-pack of. Prices a bit less than downtown.
07-09-2006 17:03:33 |
More by northyorksammy
The Rhino Restaurant + Bar in Toronto, ON, Canada