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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 145
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
18 King St E
, M5C 1C4
phone: (416) 861-8242
(Place added by: Popsinc)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Had a few days to peruse the selection available to one in Toronto. An earlier review was pretty on when describing this place as somewhat "smoke and mirrors."
I arrived and sat at the bar. The only other person at the bar was an off duty waitress watching the Yankees lose to the Blue Jays. 10-15 minutes later, I was graced with a menu. 5 minutes or so later, I was lucky enough to order something local (Mill Street Hellesbock). Grunted answers. The 8 or so crowd of Miller Light swilling folks that arrived soon after me got a brighter reception.
Decor appears to be trying pretty hard and probably does well with a yuppie financial crowd. Beer menu was interesting as others have noticed. Food appeared experimental, but I'd already eaten for the night. Would've finally ordered the Raftman as I was very interested, but didn't have all night to await the unbusy, rude barstaff.
Overall, not bad and would be nice to clandestinely talk your coworkers into a nonbar beer bar. However, the spread appeared much more varied and a bit cheaper at Cafe Volo. Plus, they actually had good service there.
05-02-2006 14:18:20 |
More by Dithyramb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is in the financial district, almost exactly where you would expect to find a pretentious bistro type place, with a smoke and mirrors type food and a pricey wine selection; but lo and behold, pretty nice place, rather comfortable, and a terrific beer selection. And I thought volo was good; I mean its more comfortable sure; but the foods just not as good, Italian cafe and beer bar? I still love it but this place makes for a super night on the town dinner and beer experience.
The place boasts that 80%or more of its dishes are made with beer; I had a wurst platter for oktoberfest and I dont believe there was beer in the sausage; however, it was a terrific meal, and a flatbread pizza was terrific as well; as for the beer;
I had a flight to start; churchkey holysmoke rauchbier- superb. Scotch Sargent majors IPA; also quite good; Ste; Andre Vienna Lager- this was fantastic on tap; I read teh reviews and I cant believe it got so slammed; it was so vanilla and dark malts with a light body; anyway; I also had a Blanch De Chambly from Unibroue;
If you go, try the flourless chocolate cake made with Chimay Blue, black raspberries and whipped cream; its pretty damn good.
Safe to say; no matter how much of a beer geek or craft beer snob you are; they will have a bunch of beers you will like; and the food is first rate.
10-24-2005 13:25:25 |
More by andjusticeforale
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Decor is pretty modern looking, nice bar area right as you walk in, with the taps arranged behind the bar. Lot's of seating near the bar and plenty of seating for dinner inside and outside on the patio. Haven't really tried the food, but the beer selection is excellent although pricey. Their taps rotate very often and they get a lot of interesting stuff not found anywhere else in Toronto. Beerbistro has an extensive bottled selection, including a neat cellar selection with a few Cantillons and Rogue Old Crustaceans dating back to 1997. Be prepared to pay though, I've found the prices can deviate even a few dollars per bottle compared to Caffe Volo. Some have said the atmosphere is kind of snooty, I haven't experienced this but can understand that it might be that way occasionally. Anyways, Beerbistro is a good place to get some excellent beer, even if their prices are a bit high.
10-18-2005 21:56:26 |
More by Viggo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
The Beer Bistro is close to Cest Wha? but a little closer to the white-collared Skyscraping part of the city. A decent tap selection was complemented by a severely beer-geeked Belgian bottled selection. Pricey, but you are paying for ambiance too as they have a nice chrome-canyon beer garden outside and a swank, 4-star feeling inside.
I have to say that the Beer Bistros menu is pretty sweet for the aspiring beer enthusiast. Beers are categorized as quenching, crisp, sociable, satisfying, bold, robust, spicy, fruity, and unpredictable. Obviously I had some qualms about these categorizations but I found this an ingenious way to add to the image of beer for those who think beer is just piss-water. Moreover, all menu selections had relatively good complementing beers suggested. Our server seemed to know a good deal about beer and was attentive and speedy.
All in all I wish I had unlimited resources to dip into the bottled selections, but mostly to try some of the food dishes which were a little above our budget. The beers were also pretty expensive but they do a reasonable 3 samplers for $5.
Well worth a stop in Toronto if you want high-class beeradventures. A classy joint and one that in my opinion is really trying to raise the bar for beers image which is always a good thing.
07-01-2005 18:46:27 |
More by GreenWBush
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Helluva place to grab a meal and a beer. Selection of food was good, with everything somehow being related to beer. Even the friggin' desserts were made from beer! (How'd they make beer ice cream, and whats more, how'd they make it so GOOD?!). Service was good, as the nice waitress gave me a free sample of Beer Ice Cream as my woman wanted the chocolate beer cake and not Ice Cream That was nice of her. Both were outstanding. Nice selection of beers on tap and in the bottle. Me and the fiancee spent about 50 bucks on a nice meal, a beer for me and some dessert. It was worth it. Not an everyday place, but worth the stop when you are in the area.
06-08-2005 23:21:07 |
More by Frozensoul327
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Great food, great everything except for the service. Only been once so can't say if its normal. Very modern looking place, my wife really liked it. I thought it was pretty cool too. Problem was everytime someone came in a cold breeze would shoot thorugh the restaurant. The women near me would all reach for the sweaters at the same time. Food was excellent but the soup was served warm, the coffee in a cold cup and the waiter was pushy as fuck with the goddamn belgian cheese. Fuck off, i dont want it!
Also when they didn't have Rogue Chocolate Stout which my wife wanted he kept inisiting she get a Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout. Ok, they are similar but my wife wants something she has had before and knows she will like, so let her get what she wants instead of pushing another stout on her.
I asked for a Sgt. Major IPA and when they didnt't have it something else was suggested (by a waiteress this time). I wasn't sure so she informed me that "It's real good, everyone is getting it" so I went ahead and of course didn't think it was so great - just wish i could remember what it was. My fault on that one.
Amazing selection and awesome little booklet with a brief description of each beer. I had a German Racuhbier and it was incredible the way this smelled and tasted like salami. Seriously.
I liked this place very much and will try again despite the service.
Edit: Just reading xlperro's review - your suggestion was noted - they did have jazz band playing Sat. night.
02-28-2005 21:56:50 |
More by SaunaKing
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This is a really great place to get hard to find beers. The atmosphere is very trendy, but not nearly as pretentious as I was expecting (then again I was there late at night and it was pretty dark in the place). Theres quite a large dining area with a nice high ceiling. Theres a very angular, modern feel to the place. There are some gorgeous 3+ litre bottle of Fin Du Monde on the mantle behind the bar, along with other cool beer vessels.
As the restaraunt was closed, the only clientele I saw was a regular at the bar. I can imagine this place is filled with yuppies at dinner time though. The music was a nice mix of jazz and ambient electronic, at a low volume.
The selection is well balanced with an emphasis on the Belgiums, I noticed Rochefort 10 and Goudenband in particular. They just got a new shipment of American brews (including 5 vintages of old Crustacean) and I was lucky to try DFH 90. Of about dozen taps some standouts include St Major IPA, Delirium Tremens and Fuller's London Porter (Where else in TO can you FLP this on tap?)
The prices were average, a little cheaper than BierMarkt. The service was spectacular. The bartender was very friendly and knowledgable. This is a really great bar.
11-11-2004 04:27:30 |
More by CAMRAhardliner
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
While a patron of C'est What had assured me my army pants and t-shirt would be fine for Beerbistro, I made sure I changed into better clothes before I went. The fine glassy-classy entryway and the chi-chiness of the other patrons made me head to the hotel before perusing the extensive beer menu.
Others may be critical of the upper echelon, high-class feel of Beerbistro (and Trap Rock and upstairs at Brewers Art and the late lamented Bank Street,) but I think these types of locations help to elevate beer in the public perception. Yes, a pubby atmosphere is perhaps the best place to have a round of browns with friends, but arty glass-and-steel enclosures are very welcome to me. Clean, well laid out, proper glassware, inventive lighting: a place to survey at length while sipping an outstanding beer or ale.
Plus, the unusual food choices included choices that contained ingredients that would compliment certain beer flavors and for that matter, beer itself (I had a small pizza with loads of goat cheese and some mussels with cured salmon.) Food is served until at least midnight every day.
The beer menu is flat out outstanding (see the beerbistro website, there's no need to duplicate it here,) and the servers are educated. Our bartender had a funny laugh, and it erupted a number of times on a busy Friday night. We had a fine time.
08-20-2004 17:16:46 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
When you walk into Beerbistro, it doesn't seem like the type of place that would specialize in beer, but a quick glance at the ~20 taps behind the bar quickly removes all fears. The front of the establishment is a sizable bar area where people often congregate after work for a drink. Separated from that by a half-wall is the dining room, which in turn has an open view of the kitchen. The decor is very modern, with beer menus listed on mirrors and a very open concept. Despite the relatively high-class surroundings, it still feels quite comfortable.
I already mentioned the large selection of taps. Beers offered here range from quality local microbrews to very interesting imports. The bottle list is also quite extensive, with many items that are hard to find in most other establishments. The beer menu itself is quite impressive, more of an educational guide than a simple menu. It emphasizes the characteristics of the beer rather than just placing them in the same old categories.
Service is quite good, and for the most part the staff knows a bit about beer. I've eaten here three times now and have come in for drinks several times and have had no problems with poor service. The food is always excellent, with a menu that seems to change on a fairly regular basis.
The owner also holds regular beer-themed events, and this is one of the best aspects about Beerbistro. I recently attended an evening beer tasting and had the opportunity to try samples of many beers that I wouldn't have otherwise tried. There are also regular "meet the brewer" nights, but I haven't attended one of those yet.
If you're visiting the downtown area in Toronto, definitely take the time to check out Beerbistro.
Update June 23, 2005: There is now a fairly large, partially covered patio at the side of the building. Looks pretty nice, but I haven't had time to check it out yet.
07-08-2004 22:28:35 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a first class place catering up scale to beer (with a good deference to wine drinkers). Its conveniently situated downtown, service is very good, decor is nice enough to bring anybody too, including our wives. Selction was excellent and we were able to review some hard-to-get beers some which were likely privately ordered.
Although I did not eat here I am relying on others that the food was appropriate, reasonably priced and that the chef is a National class.
A must see if you are in Toronto.
01-13-2004 03:38:29 |
More by Sammy
Beer Bistro in Toronto, ON, Canada
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