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Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 61
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
587 Yonge St
, M4Y 1Z4
phone: (416) 928-0008
barVolo has recently begun brewing house beers on premise, under the guise of House Ales. However they are not always available. Call ahead to confirm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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Nova Scotia (Canada)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited Bar Volo this past weekend on my trip to Toronto and loved the place. Myself and four friends arrived around 5pm on a Saturday and where immediately greeted and offered a patio or inside seat. We opted for the inside to avoid the sun. Our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive. She apologized on a couple occasions because the kitchen wouldn’t be open for supper until 530pm. She also was very knowledgably about there beer menu making suggestions to our group. She was also not afraid to admit it when she was not sure about a question or specific bottle and return to the bartender for the information.
Once the kitchen the kitchen opened we all order our food ranging from pasta to sandwiches. Everyone was happy with their order and had no complaints. The food was good, not a 5 star restaurant but what one would expect from this type of bar.
Coming from the East coast and having limited beer selection I loved this place. We ended up spending four or five hours their drinking. Their selection ranges from local draught beer to one off barrel aged stouts. Prices are reasonable for the most part, however harder to get one off bottles get very pricey ($50 or so).
I would definitely recommend this place and will return on my next visit to Toronto.
07-20-2011 15:10:32 |
More by mmurphy525
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The service staff annoy me when you must sit down but then have to wait ages for them to recognise that you need a beer. You can't walk up to the bar and get your own - you're stymied by their lack of attentiveness. And then you pay them a tip which reinforces bad behaviour.
The food was fine, but the pizza base seemed to be pastry-based (like puff pastry). It should be a form of bread not kneaded twice!!! The Neopolitans had a great idea - why mess with it?
Apart from these issues I thought the place was OK. Being of a West Coast USA origin in terms of North American beer culture I expect a richer menu. Did I get offered a bottle menu? No. Did you get the most revenue from me for the visit? No. Will I invite people to drink here with me? No.
07-19-2011 01:04:24 |
More by marcday
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Bar Volo has a really good selection which changes quite frequently. You get a lot of obscure Belgian and Ontario brews. They even make their own, which are really good. I've had plenty of my favorite beers that I couldn't find elsewhere.
The atmosphere is great, especially with the patio open, but there is pretty limited seating.
Staff is knowledgeable and informative.
Food is good, but mostly very Italian (pizzas, pastas, olive plates, etc). I'd really love be able to get some richer food,, like belgian or even some more substantial meat dishes.
07-17-2011 20:38:10 |
More by Rijtjeshuis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Volo has one of the best selections of Ontario craft beer in the province. Their long tap list is almost entirely Ontario, and has included one-off or hard to find selections whenever I have visited. On my last visit I had Durham Hop Addict and Simcoe Silly, a one-off cask IPA from Great Lakes.
The place is usually packed, but I have always been able to find a place at the bar to sip on a pint while I waited for a table. The staff, from the hosts at the door, to the wait staff and bartenders, have always been very welcoming and pleasant. The bartender is usually too busy pouring beer to talk much, but seems to know his stuff.
The food, at least that which I've had, is solid comfort food. Well-prepared and promptly served. It is a little on the pricey side, especially the appetizers and snakcs, but I would still say reasonable for downtown Toronto.
05-09-2011 22:11:41 |
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Volo has one of the best selections of on-tap beer in Toronto, focusing on alot of hard-to-get gems from across Ontario and usually one or two from Quebec. Great cask options too.
Atmosphere inside is pretty lively as its a rather small space and usually fills up pretty fast. Kind of an old-world traditional italian restaurant vibe going on inside with wooden tables and chairs and eclectic decor. Nice little patio outside that provides a bit more capacity for the place. Cozy bar area where you can order a pint and wait for a table to open up.
Every time I've gone service seems to be quite slow to non-existent at first when sitting down at a table, but I've only ever been there on weekend evenings/nights. Once seated and first approached by a waiter or waitress, the service tends to pick up.
Real reason to come here is the fantastic selection of on-tap Regional Ontario brews, and great cask ales. Fair pint prices considering the quality of product and location in downtown Toronto. They have a beer menu with some rare treats, but be prepared to pay quite a premium for anything imported.
Food is quite good but a tad on the pricey side. Also, every time I've ordered food I have had to wait an incredibly long time for it to arrive, so be prepared. Not a place to go for a quick bite.
Overall, despite the questionable service, would definitely recommend this place if you're looking for the best of the Ontario brewing scene (and you're not in a rush). Tasty food, and a lively atmosphere are other pluses.
04-10-2011 20:51:06 |
More by Digimaika2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Bar Volo is my new favorite beer bar in Toronto--I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
I was in Toronto for a conference and was looking for precisely a place like Volo, which had a varied and tantalizing selection of craft beers from all over Canada.
Food was fine, but service was pretty terrible when we went there for dinner (forgotten/mixed up orders, difficulty getting the server's attention for drink refills). The bartenders were good, and service was fine when I was there for late lunch at a calmer hour.
Any faults are more than made up for by the incredible selections on tap and in bottles. Any beer geek could find plenty of little surprises to enjoy at Volo. I wish I could get there more often!
01-15-2011 19:20:20 |
More by TaddyPorter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In Toronto for my bachelor party this past weekend.
This was our first stop on the seemingly never ending Yonge Street. A cozy little bar with bottles decorating the place and Trappist Rochefort proudly displayed. We sat outside as it was a nice evening. Only a few servers on staff but he was friendly and very attentive. A nice tap list with mostly Ontario brewed beer which was what we were looking for. I had the Great Lakes Armadildo IPA off cask. A decent brew. Another cask IPA and some hefe's were ordered and all were received well. The menu was quite extensive with beers from all over the world readily displayed by country and variety, but bottle prices were a little steep, especially for Belgians ($16 CAD for Trappist Rochefort 8 330 ml). Otherwise a great stop for any BA and I recommend it.
08-03-2010 15:29:00 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Updated my reviews based on a number of visits between my first visit and March 2011.
I have generally found that their tap selection can be very hit or miss, the service tends to be slow, food takes forever to arrive, tables can be very hard to come by and ordering from the bottle list can often lead to less than fresh beer. For example, a Great Divide Titan IPA that was served in Feb 2011 was bottled in October 2008! Seriously. Still a great beer bar and one that i will visit again for sure, but it is not withouth its flaws.
Finally made my way to Volo yesterday and it was everything that I expected (and my expectations were HIGH).
The tap selection was very good, including two casks and a couple of ciders. All local product more or less with the exception of one Unibroue tap. I had a pint of Publican House Square Nail Pale Ale, Duggan's #9 Cask and King Pilsner.
The bottle selection was almost surreal for a Toronto beer bar, including numerous selections from Half Pints, Central City, Unibroue, Rogue, Southern Tier and Stone. There were also one-offs or a couple of styles from breweries such as Tree, Great Divide and others.
Perhaps my biggest surprise was seeing the 5 different Moylans bottles that they offered, including Hopsickle! Sure it was a steep $25 for the bomber, but I will be returning to try one shortly.
A lot of the US craft bottles ran pretty expensive - between $15 and $30 on average for a 650 ml bottle, but the demand must be there at that price and it is great to see someone bringing these across the border.
The servers were very friendly and knowledgeable, but the service was slightly slow.
I will be heading back here many, many times.
The food was very good
07-17-2010 13:38:05 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$
A nice pub like atmosphere, with a ton of cool bottles lying around and a chalkboard list of beers on tap. During our visit they were not terribly busy and had run out of some beers, but never took the time to wipe them for some odd reason...
The quality of the beers I had was pretty good... Casked IPAs. They did serve me one drink filled with trub from dry-hopping. I also have to wonder about the quality of some of the other beers on their menu. They had a pilsner from back home (Half Pints) that hasn't been around since last summer and their Oktoberfest from 8 months prior. I can't imagine they will be particularly fresh nor hoppy. Also I had 3 cask beers served to me without head. How can you pull that trick off? Their selection was second to none in Canada though... Stuff that the LCBO doesn't have, must have been special orders.
Service? Awful. Hadn't had any this bad in a long time. SLOW. Took forever to let us know that some food was out. Words cannot describe how pathetic the service was.
The food was good and tasty, albeit small portion sizes.
The beers though are crazy expensive. Aphrodisiaque which can be had for $2.5 4 hours away for $11? Central City which is $2 in MB for $10? Do I need to list more ludicrous prices? If you aren't drinking tap beer, bring gold bullion...
07-11-2010 03:23:42 |
More by kjyost
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
So far my favorite Bar in Toronto, or Canada for that matter...
Been here a few times now since moving to Toronto so I'll just sum it up:
Atmosphere: very rustic and utilitarian, but in a good way. I wish the place was a little bigger and the bathrooms not so far away and smelly/small. otherwise its very nice.
Service: knowlegeable and attentive every time I've been.
Selection: Always somthing tasty and new on tap, and if your bored with the taps and casks, they have a "few" bottles as well. The new website btw is fantastic. they take a photo of the cask and keg board and update the website very frequently - that way you know what to order before you go.
Food: Only ordered food once before. it's definitly adequeate.
05-16-2010 03:42:15 |
More by uno99
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