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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 145
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
18 King St E
, M5C 1C4
phone: (416) 861-8242
(Place added by: Popsinc)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Had a few days to peruse the selection available to one in Toronto. An earlier review was pretty on when describing this place as somewhat "smoke and mirrors."
I arrived and sat at the bar. The only other person at the bar was an off duty waitress watching the Yankees lose to the Blue Jays. 10-15 minutes later, I was graced with a menu. 5 minutes or so later, I was lucky enough to order something local (Mill Street Hellesbock). Grunted answers. The 8 or so crowd of Miller Light swilling folks that arrived soon after me got a brighter reception.
Decor appears to be trying pretty hard and probably does well with a yuppie financial crowd. Beer menu was interesting as others have noticed. Food appeared experimental, but I'd already eaten for the night. Would've finally ordered the Raftman as I was very interested, but didn't have all night to await the unbusy, rude barstaff.
Overall, not bad and would be nice to clandestinely talk your coworkers into a nonbar beer bar. However, the spread appeared much more varied and a bit cheaper at Cafe Volo. Plus, they actually had good service there.
05-02-2006 14:18:20 |
More by Dithyramb
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$$
Corporate/business vibe. Turn off.
Staff was 50/50. Male bartender knew his stuff and was cordial, female was cold and perturbed about god knows what.
Nice to have Cantillon (had the 06 Grand Cru). Bottle selection was very good overall.
Dinner was edible, but not great. Had the southern chicken based on what looked good at another table. Mistake.
I doubt I ever go back. Way too stiff for my tastes.
08-07-2013 17:56:31 |
More by FEUO
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited on 4/18 and 4/19/2010:
Upon entering the place it seemed a little just a bit too upscale for my taste. It felt like it was trying to be one of those trendy bars where all the suits go after work, not that being a suit is a bad thing, as I actually did just that one day, but I guess this would not be a place that I would typically like to hang out in for some beers, unless lived in Toronto, then it would probably be in the rotation, but not heavy.
The beer selection on the other hand was massive. A good number on tap and a very large number in bottles and even a selection of cellared beer. Some of the prices on some of the bottles seemed a little out of line from what I have seen, but overall not that unreasonable. The beers that I ordered appeared to be fresh and served in the appropriate glass ware.
The service was a bit slow. I went on a Sunday night (not all that crowded, but there was a hockey game in progress) and a Monday early evening (crowded, almost SRO) and found the service to be the same no matter the crowd. The first night I did get a chance to talk to the server and he seemed to know a good bit about the beers, but was more knowledgeable about the local brew.
The food was perhaps slightly above average pub grub. Nothing all that special or memorable.
Overall, if I find myself in Toronto again, I will probably go back due to the beer selection.
04-29-2010 14:54:34 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This was the third stop on my Toronto Pub Crawl of 9 May 08. I agree with the other reviewers regarding the decor, service, selection, etc. I did not have a meal, so no reviews on the food. However, when I made a trip to the washroom, I passed the area where the staff was having their meal before the big dinner crowd rush. The aromas coming out of that zone made me stop in my tracks. The food looked as good as it smelled. And the staff was obviously enjoying it. Now I have another reason to return.
About the beers: I was there early enough in the afternoon to have the place pretty much to myself. There was only one other patron at the bar, and it turns out he is also a BA. My main aim of this venture was to have new beers, and the Beerbistro did not disappoint. My first was a Southern Tier IPA. I made the observation to my new drinking buddy that the Lost Abbey bombers were too big and too pricey for me to handle on my own, and would he consider sharing one. He promplty agreed and told me to pick one. So we had a Lost and Found. Mmmmm. Delicious. When it became time for me to move on, and to my pleasant surprise, he graciously picked up the tab. It will be my turn when he next visits Ottawa.
Back to Beerbistro: Highly recommended. Bring money.
05-19-2008 18:16:50 |
More by Conrad
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: 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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped here after dinner at Smokeless Joe, about a 5 block walk throught the frigid cold. The atmosphere is a little highbrow, with many suits and financial types distributed throughout. The bar is maybe 12 seats long, there are maybe ten tables sprinkled around the bar, and there's a restaurant section with seating for about 60-70. The tap list is roughly 25 deep, mostly very good selections. I tried Fullers Mr. Hairy and a Hop Addict. Service was OK, they were very busy but attended quickly when beckoned. A very nice bar that I won't hesitate to come to again if in town.
02-07-2009 22:22:35 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
It's difficult to review this place from a purely beer-bar perspective. Beaumont has developed a truly unique union of kitchen and bar that allows the food to support and showcase the beer and vice versa. Beer and food are integrated throughout.
The place is an upscale bistro near the financial district, so it gets filled with a lot of suits during the day. The food is top-notch and beer pairings are available throughout. In fact, the beer menu is organized by "mood" instead of the more pedantic beer style or point origin. Instead of trying for a one-of-everything approach, the beer selections seem to be the cream of the crop.
About 20 taps and maybe 50-60 in bottles, including some very esteemed Canadian and European choices. Shame they didn't include any of the finer offerings from the northeast US, as some beers brewed less than 100 miles away could easily compete and pair just as well. Service was a little slow but not terrible and the servers seem very well educated in what they sell, both food and beer.
06-20-2006 21:03:13 |
More by assurbanipaul
British Indian Ocean Territory
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Stopped in on a Monday afternoon for lunch. Tucked around the corner from Yonge - this place certainly caters to a higher end clientele - read Bay Street. As previously mentioned this is no local pub, or even gastro pub it's firmly in the high end restaurant category. (Noticed they had a chefs table in the back end) Sat at the bar overlooking King - where I had the pleasure of being serviced by a surly bartender. Ordered a fantastic roasted red pepper and tomato soup (it was freezing out) and the Kobe beef tacos - with the kobe part obviously being lost in amongest the taco...should've known better.
Give much respect for the concept - all items on the menu came with a beer pairing suggestion and were certainly well thought out. From their extensive list I just had a bottle of the Silly Saison. The prices are too inflated for my meager salary however I'm sure much of the clientele don't bat an eye.
Overall I appreciate the efforts put in and the healthy respect given to beer in this establishment and it comes as no surprise that Beaumont is behind this. However I'll give this a pass next time I'm in town looking for good food & beer and head to C'est What - as they are much more reasonably priced.
02-21-2007 16:34:34 |
More by CBA
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 |
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