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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 145
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
18 King St E
, M5C 1C4
phone: (416) 861-8242
(Place added by: Popsinc)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Stopped by here with a friend to try some new beers. The bottle selection is quite incredible for Ontario. Sadly, the prices are through the roof though. But there are beers that you might not be able to find elsewhere. On this occasion I went with Port Brewings Old Viscosity and the Wipeout IPA. I ended up paying over $50 for the two bombers. A little pricey, but you have to understand the costs they have to go through to get the beer here in this province. Its a great place to visit now and then, but you can go broke very quickly if you stay long.
08-24-2010 16:52:07 |
More by WeedKing4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is a nice little beer bar/restaurant in the heart of the city. I visited it on a Saturday night which happened to be very busy but we still managed to find a spot by the bar and have a pint.
They had a great tap list (about 20 taps) of local craft beer and a long list of bottles. I was happy to see Great Lakes Miami Weisse on tap and had a pint of that.
Prices are a little higher than other beer bars downtown, perhaps due to the location.
Didn't have any food, but I would to return to do so.
08-23-2010 02:18:58 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited on 4/18 and 4/19/2010:
Upon entering the place it seemed a little just a bit too upscale for my taste. It felt like it was trying to be one of those trendy bars where all the suits go after work, not that being a suit is a bad thing, as I actually did just that one day, but I guess this would not be a place that I would typically like to hang out in for some beers, unless lived in Toronto, then it would probably be in the rotation, but not heavy.
The beer selection on the other hand was massive. A good number on tap and a very large number in bottles and even a selection of cellared beer. Some of the prices on some of the bottles seemed a little out of line from what I have seen, but overall not that unreasonable. The beers that I ordered appeared to be fresh and served in the appropriate glass ware.
The service was a bit slow. I went on a Sunday night (not all that crowded, but there was a hockey game in progress) and a Monday early evening (crowded, almost SRO) and found the service to be the same no matter the crowd. The first night I did get a chance to talk to the server and he seemed to know a good bit about the beers, but was more knowledgeable about the local brew.
The food was perhaps slightly above average pub grub. Nothing all that special or memorable.
Overall, if I find myself in Toronto again, I will probably go back due to the beer selection.
04-29-2010 14:54:34 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Since moving to Toronto, this has been on my hit list of places to visit, and I just happend to walk by it today and got sucked in the revolving doors by the sight of beer pron in the windows.
A: upscale, but not too trendy. You know this is a serious beer hall by all the beer porn around. its definitly not cluttered however and you are immediately comfortable in your seat.
S: since we were sitting in the bar section, service wasent as quick as the resteraunt partition would be, so no points taken off for that. The bartender came to take our drink orders, and from then on I went to him when it was time to order food and pay the bill. I did have a couple chats with him however, and he was definitly a beer geek. thats a huge plus!
S: Could be the best selection in toronto for bottle list (assuming they have everything in stock). not as many taps as I expected but thats ok I usually like to order obscure bottles anyway. Bonus points here for the beautiful beer menu. all the 100+ bottles they sell are accompanied by 5-6 line descriptions of the beer, and also organized not by style, or country, but by occasion and flavor profile. Whoever is in charge of this place has a true passion for beer and it shows.
F: As it was lunch time, my fiancee' and I decided to order a couple apps. The belgian frittes were excllent. the duck fat makes all the diffrence, and the kosher salt seasoning was perfect. The homemade ketchup and mayo take them over the top. The cheese fondue we ordered was a little rich for me, but my better half loved it... Oh i forgot to mention, everything on the menu uses beer in some form. It noticably gave the cheese a little lift.
Value: not as expensive as I would have thought. the frittes are $6 and you get a boat load, the fondue was $13 and carefully created and plentiful. the beer is expectedly expensive being that we are in Ontario, but not much or any more expensive than other Toronto beer bars.
An excellent resteraunt and bar in a great location. Can't wait to go back!
04-25-2010 01:45:59 |
More by uno99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Another great spot for some hard to find beers in Toronto. I had some great beers from Pizza Port and Lost Abbey when I was there. A fair sized place and rather busy during lunch time (I would assume the same goes for supper). Fancy upscale decor. Good friendly service. Great beer selection both bottle and taps. I had the soup of the day (a three cheese soup, good for the heart) and a duck sandwich very tasty stuff. A little expensive but the crowd they draw doesn't seem to mind (not to toot my own horn but I probably had the biggest tab that day though for one person not a group of course).
04-19-2010 13:23:20 |
More by irishkyle21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm glad I went a little out of my way to stop into the Beer Bistro for lunch after reading the reviews on BA.
The place is upscale and modern yet still has some casual feel to it and caters to the business crowd.
The selection was very good and came with great pairing suggestions for food on the menu. In Toronto I've only been to the Bier Markt and I noticed that the Beer Bistro has many unique oferrings. This makes for a good local alternative location (however I'm not sure what the evening atmosphere is like).
I had lunch at the bar and my server was very helpful and attentive. The lamb curry was moderately portioned but great quality. I'll definitely endulge into the basket of fries next time...
02-17-2010 02:58:47 |
More by ecoastman
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Large modern, classy place in downtown Toronto. Spacious bar area and a separate restaurant. Had the mussels and frites at the bar, both were outstanding.
Draught menu was large and well chosen. Two beer refrigerators had a few unusual selections and a range of local brews. They had a separate "beer cellar" menu with a number of Cantillon, including Cru Bruscella, Iris and Fou' Foune. Bartenders were exceptionally enthusiastic, but not very knowledgeable about the bottle range. Still well worth a visit.
12-08-2009 01:29:44 |
More by Travlr
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is a must for beer advocates. I live in Toronto from 2001 - 04 and go back regularly. The beer scene has improved quite a bit over the years and beer bistro is a welcome addition. Outstanding selection with a good variety of international and Canadian craft brews, with a beer cellar containing some gems. I wasn't there long, but did have a Maudite on tap and am looking forward to coming back to sit at the hidden little side bar, down the hall leading to the restrooms, that overlooks the kitchen.
Crowd is usually made up of young professionals- to be expected given the southern Bay Street location.
12-05-2009 04:58:27 |
More by RedBeerchetta
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
Was lucky enough to stay 1 block from Beerbistro on a recent trip to Toronto. Great selection of local beers on tap and a decent bottle collection including some cellared bottles (had a 1999 Rogue Old Crustacean while there). Wide open layout makes it loud during busy times, even in the dinning room. The service was friendly and, at least 2 of the 3 times I was there, informative.
Only downside is the food. They've got a cool philosophy of trying to design the menu to specifically pair with beer but unfortunately the execution doesn't live up to the concept.
Still, I was more than happy to go here each and every night I was in Toronto and I never ran out of new beers to experience.
07-29-2009 17:44:00 |
More by brushtachio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
On my last trip to Toronto -- in mid_January -- I was able to hit four pretty decent bars in two nights -- Beer Bistro, C'est What, Smokeless Joe's and the Irish Embassy.
Beer Bistro was the highest-end of the four places, and well worth the stop. I'm more of a mid-end bar kind of place (nice pub like C'est What), but I loved the Beer Bistro, which is all pleasing sightlines, polished steel and the like.
I was going solo on a business trip, so I sat at the very small bar, eight stools the night I sat there and watched the snow fall outside throUgh the big plate-glass window closest to me.
The draft list is very good and all I can speak to because I did not try any bottles. The service was perfunctory, but not bad. I prefer my bartenders to be a bit more social, but that may have been because I was alone at the bar and hoping for some conversation with my drinks.
I had three drafts with dinner -- a Hop Addict IPA, a St. Ambrosie Ale and a La Maudite from the people that make Fin du Monde. All beers, I should note, that are not readily available anywhere by me back home. And, that is the one knock I would make on their tap selection, the fact that several of their beers are commercially accessible in any major city (Hoegarden, Hacker Pschorr, Pilsner Urquell and Sam Adams. But, that is just a minor complaint.
The food is amazing here. I had the mussels, of which their are several different presentation styles, and the belgium frites. Everything was spot on. The kitchen is open, and you can see the chefs doing the cooking from anywhere in the dining room. There are also a couple of bar-like seasts right up against one of the windows into the kitchen that looked like a cool place to sit. Many of the entrees also work the Beer Bistro's beers into the recipes.
As I was getting ready to leave, to head off to smokeless joe's, a three-piece jazz band was just setting up in the lounge area. I woiuld have happily stayed.
As it turned out, I had to come back -- on the way back to my hotel -- to pick up my credit card, which I had left behind.
03-13-2009 17:58:02 |
More by hammerhead24
Beer Bistro in Toronto, ON, Canada
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