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Bier Market - Esplanade
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
58 The Esplanade
, M5E 1A6
phone: (416) 862-7575
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Very expensive but worth it as a special treat. Very good place for a business party that you can write off owing to the large capacity. Much attention to service but the waiter/waitresses are really not knowledgeable about the beers. LIghting was not too dim. A small tasting session set two of us back $67 CDN ($50 USD) with a tip. We were able to get some brews we haven't seen elsewhere, so there is private buying. 90% of their stock is available in the LCBO but they will buy up some of it (so Ontario BA Group: these guys are waking up a bit earlier or have good connections with LCBO store managers, likely the latter). Busy and noisy all the time.
12-19-2003 19:56:24 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Possibly my first place to go where there was a dress code. The sign out front said no ratty jeans allowed, and I couldn't decide what mine were so, I took a chance and entered. This restaurant looked very flashy and up scale, in comparison to most bars I have been to. Overall I felt very comfortable for just wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans, this seemed like a dance club with louder music. I put aside all of the afflictions about dress code, once I saw the beer menu I felt right at home.
Our waitress was very good to us, she was upfront about her beer knowledge, but she offered to help us in anyway we needed. The bar was full of taps ranging from your belgiums Hoegaarden, Chouffe, Stella to Fuller's London Porter their special. A wide variety of beers macro to micro to just about anything. They even had some Victory products in the menu. You could be here just about all day and not spend as much as you would in an American wannabe beer bar.
We ordered some oysters and flatbread with smoked chicken and portebello mushrooms. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the flatbread. The menu was not the most extensive, but they did have mussels steamed with beer "a true belgium style delight". Very well done in the food category.
Overall I was very pleased, and I also became acquainted with a bar that cares enough about their beer to order authentic glassware. My Aventinus Wheat Dopplebock was amazing in its quite strangely shaped glass.
02-17-2003 07:38:13 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I have visited this place a bunch of times over the years.
The tap selection is abundant but the amount dedicated to craft beer is lacking. There are a lot of different macros available as well as a few rarer European macros (often a special beer of the month type deal) and a decent selection of good Belgian Ales on tap as well. You'll find a handfull of craft beer on tap here aside from the Belgian Ales but they are generally the more common offerings from the likes of St. Ambroise (Oatmeal Stout & Pale Ale for example) and Mill Street.
The food is decent, but nothing to go out of your way for.
The atmosphere is really nice - dark & classy - but if you visit on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night the place is packed and very loud.
02-28-2011 03:38:58 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
The inside of the establishment is quite large, with seating broken into 3 or 4 large sections. A huge bar runs the length of one wall and a full stage is present in the back. There is also a large patio in the front, often quite full during the warmer months. The beer selection seems to have suffered over the past year or so, with a heavier mix of macros on tap (Keith's, Sterling, etc.) as well as mostly common imports and some quality local micros. There are still some gems among the bottles though, with a good selection of Trappists. However, Belgium seems to be the only foreign country that is well represented, with the rest of the line-up consisting mainly of light lagers and very few darker beers of any style. All beers seem to be served a little on the cold side. Beer lists aren't updated regularly either, with many kegs going out of rotation without notice. Service is really hit or miss here. Out of one visit with great service, there will be another three visits where I leave frustrated with poor service. I often end up ignored for long periods, even when there are plenty of servers and few patrons. Servers are generally cordial, but their beer knowledge is very limited and extends mostly to pushing the latest trendy offering. Prices are a little on the high side compared to other downtown locations, especially for pints of local beer. Overall, a trendy and slightly expensive place to hang out and have a beer. I'm a bit disappointed with this place now... the first few times I came here I was quite impressed. But lately it just seems a bit overrated.
07-07-2005 02:16:24 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Walked in on a recommendation by a waitress at another beer site in Toronto, and I was not disappointed by the selection. Heavy emphasis on European brews, which usually means "hard to pick anything over the Belgians" for me, and that's what I did. Got an Urthel Hop It on tap, then the honorary Belgian, Netherlands' Trappist Konigshoeven Quad. We met a terrific girl named Sue who introduced us to Jager Bombs, so my friend and I left lit and primed for the Pearl Jam show that night. It was a wonderful place to spend some time, and the selection was one you could explore for days on end, if you were a Torontonian or regular visitor. We wouldn't have that opportunity, but we made the most of it.
Atmosphere is very European in character, matching the selection. Feels like a big German pub, several rooms and a large outside area in front, beckoning those on the sidewalk to come on in. Service might have been better. We were perusing the beer list, it was a formidable one, so I told the waiter "just need 2 minutes." I meant literally "2 minutes," but I guess he thought I said "10 minutes," because that's how long it took him to come back. But, once we were served the first time, he was attentive to our needs thereafter.
While everything is a bit pricey here, we had a great time and drank some truly top-notch beer too. Not much more you can ask for, really...
09-14-2011 16:24:26 |
More by Metalmonk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I had a whirlwind tour of Toronto Saturday. Esplanade Bier Market was our starting point. We sat at the bar and were handed beer menus, and proceeded from there.
I'd consider this an upscale bar/restaurant. Curves seemed to be the architectural theme. Very few straight lines. There are a couple televisions on the back wall, showing the Leafs/Habs game during my visit. The volume level was slightly loud, but not club level earbursting level. It's definitely on the trendy side of things, but I was still comfortable.
The beer selection is very slanted towards Belgium. Canada's brewers are second in prominence, then a sampling of the rest of the globe. I was most interested in the local beers. I started with a Denison's Weissbier, and finished with a St. Amroise Pale Ale. The belgian ale selection is the most remarkable aspect of the Bier Markt.
Service was solid and friendly, but nothing incredible. We got our beer, in proper glassware, quickly. One of the bartenders made affirming coments about our selections, but being a busy Saturday night, we didn't converse in depth.
I enjoyed this place. If you're downtown Toronto craving Belgian Ale, this is a good place to get your fix.
12-17-2007 21:32:41 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Popped in to get a nice refreshing beer after completing a charity run nearby. Bagged a spot on the huge patio at the front and soaked in the nice weather. This place has a lot going for it - the patio is one of the better ones in the city, and the inside is cavernous yet classy, like some sort of fancy German beer hall. I highly recommend coming here when its not busy unless you want to be surrounded by douchebags who think they're the shiz. Definitely avoid Thursday to Saturday nights - it becomes a total meat market and you will lose all your faith in humanity.
Extensive list of Belgians is without a doubt the largest in the city as of reviewing. Taps are a mix of not-so-exciting local micros and standard inBev/macro crap. A couple Belgians liven it up - DeKoninck and Delirium Tremens. I'm not so sure about the beer quality. The Denison's weisse we ordered was a mere shadow of every other time I've had it, and I got the impression that because it is a standard tap even though its contract brewed in batches, that the pub probably buys up a whole bunch at once and leaves it to fester. That said I've had no issues with the other beers I've had here, although I think a reduction in the number of taps would help improve the overall freshness. I've eaten there a couple of times and the food is quite good (and priced towards an upscale market).
Stick to the taps unless you've brought your bank manager. These are not prices you would be comfortable paying, especially if you're used to US pricing.
06-16-2008 13:57:13 |
More by bobsy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located just around the corner from C'est What?, I almost missed this place entirely and would have surely regretted that. Although the atmosphere does seem just a little new, corporate and sometimes clubby, it's one superb beer bar and restaurant.
Large dining area with an outside patio and a bar area deeper within the building, quite spacious all around even when crowded. The menu is limited but the food is excellent. Servers are also very well-trained and prompt, even when busy. Zagat rated.
About 40 taps and 100 bottled offerings, all kept in absolute pristine condition. Whomever owns this place seems fanatical about keeping the best beers in the best serving condition possible. Excellent worldwide selection, all with proper glassware and (surprisingly) even proper coasterware.
This place has the best beer menu I've ever seen. It's full color with photos, spiral bound, complete descriptions of beer listed both by national origin and by beer style -- the menu has a freakin' index! When was the last time you saw that? Do not overlook the "last call" listings on the back page, a list of limited editions or leftover bottles.
06-20-2006 21:47:59 |
More by assurbanipaul
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I like The Bier Market. It's a nice place to go to on a nice summer's afternoon. You can sit out on the patio and enjoy a good Beer. The place does get a bit too crowded for the staff to manage at times though. I personally would not go there in the evening , mainly because I just don't like over crowded places where you can't hear your friends. But a lot of people do like that ,obviously, or they wouldn't get that crowded.
The Bier Market has probably the best offering of Trappist Beers that I have ever seen on one list. Their Beer list (or book) is very infomative which helps when you are trying to make a decision with so many choices at hand.
I usually go there if I'm spending a day in To. and want to kill some time before I go someplace a little more quiet for dinner.
05-02-2007 21:29:00 |
More by BrewSomerville
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
It had been a few years since my last visit to the Bier market but seems as if things have changes somewhat.
On Friday eveing the after-work crowd is huge. The place is pretty much packed by 6pm. The tables are full and people are standing at the bar and everywhere in between. And it's loud.
On this particular day we stayed for dinner which was better than in the past. I had the schnitzel and my wife had the mussels. And of course there were a couple orders of frites involved here too. The entire meal was very good. The frites have improved greatly.
The beer seelctio was not the best around but it was hard to argue with what they were offering. My only complaint, i ordered a Rochefort 10 and they were all out.
A great Belgian sytle bar/restaurant to visit but be careful on wknd evenings & nights. It gets so busy, there may be a line up out the door. And be prepared for NOISE. This turns into more of a meatmarket then a bar on wknds. For a more relaxing, strictly beer drinking experience, head to Smokeless Joe.
06-21-2003 06:23:56 |
More by Popsinc
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