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Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 61
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
587 Yonge St
, M4Y 1Z4
phone: (416) 928-0008
barVolo has recently begun brewing house beers on premise, under the guise of House Ales. However they are not always available. Call ahead to confirm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 56 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is the best beer bar in Toronto (so that basically means the best beer bar in Ontario in my opinion of course). Great cozy atmosphere not that big of a bar. Was in Toronto a few weeks ago with my girlfriend and I've missed out on going to Volo too many times (the hours are a little constricting). We got there around 7 just in time for supper. They have a great beer selection. I had a good buzz on by the time we left. Great service and great food as well. There pastas are not to be missed. It is pricey but worth it.
04-19-2010 13:04:20 |
More by irishkyle21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My girlfriend took me here as part of an early birthday present and man was this place great.
It was quite busy when we arrived but lucked out on a table right away. The atmosphere was cozy and homey with the majority of the lighting coming from candle and christmas lights. Old beer taps, bottles, posters, and boxes are placed in every corner, making it clear right away that this bar really prides itself on their beer.
Their selection is out of this world and by far the best I've ever come across. They had 1 beer on cask, about 10 solid locals on tap and an extensive Canadian and import menu with the local one being 2 pages. I ended up getting a pint of Durham's Hop Addict, a bottle of Half Pints Little Scrapper, and another bottle of Moyland Moylanders Double IPA, all of which were fantastic and served in the proper glassware at the proper temperatures. The food was also excellent. I don't eat pasta but that was no problem with a variety of other tasty choices on the menu.
The service was superb. The owner was there (forgot his name) and was very helpful in finding appropriate beers for both me and my girlfriend and seemed genuinely interested in how we liked them. As the night came to an end I ordered a bottle of Southern Tier's Unearthly, and the owner quickly came over and asked our server to wait a second. He ended up giving me a run through on almost all of their double ipa's and recommended the Moyland's because "it was more bang for my buck" and a bit cheaper. I ended up going with his recommendation and I was not disappointed. I was very appreciative of the fact that he cared more for what I liked than he did selling a more expensive bottle, and this is partly why the service is so excellent. Our server was just as nice and also quick, and very knowledgeable. I couldn't have asked for more in terms of service.
The only bad thing I could say about this bar is that the bathrooms are in need of a little work, but that's a minor complaint and had no effect on my overall experience there.
All in all, without exaggeration, Volo is the best bar I've been to in my life (although I only turned 19 last year). The service, selection, quality, and food were all excellent and everything was decently priced. I'm counting down the days until the next time I get to visit this gem of a place. If you're in the Toronto area, definitely stop by this place, you will not be disappointed.
12-30-2009 21:54:56 |
More by ludachris
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My brother recently moved to Toronto and I helped him move. As BA'ers, we figured we should hit the top rated beer bar in the city while i was there.
The place is smaller than i expected but the atmosphere was very relaxed and the focus was most certainly on the beer first and foremost. We sat at a small table on the upper level close to the bar and checked out the beer menu on a chalkboard on the wall. The tap list was obviously heavy on the Ontario breweries.
Coming from a border city next to Detroit i'm accustomed to all the amazing Michigan beers and have usually been dissapointed with most cratf brewers here as they are usually a bit soft.
Having said that the range of beer available at volo more than made up for the sometimes milquetoast Ontario offerings.
They had an impressive tap selection which our young female server had a good knowledge of and the bottle selection compared with that of any beer bar in Michigan altough the prices were perhaps a bit on the steep side. But considering this is Yonge St in (almost) downtown Toronto this shouldn't be a big surpurise.
We all ate and the food was reasonably priced and quite good while we were there on a November Saturday night.
All in all Volo is a very cool spot in the city for some relaxed atmosphere, great beer and all the hip Toronto crowd are out there on the weekends. Look forward to going back again
12-25-2009 06:02:11 |
More by exbrit
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is where I had my bachelor party, which I enjoyed immensely...
We had about 12 guys, and they managed to accomodate us with two long tables.
The beer list was spectacular. It offered a number of my favorites, and many more beers I had yet to try. What really made it for me was a the service.
Our server was very well-versed in beer, and very familiar with everything on the list... this made things a lot easier for the guys in the group that were unsure about what to order.
From what I remember (it turned into a very blurry night), I didn't want to leave... it was just too good!
Definitely check this place out if you're in Toronto.
07-28-2009 01:22:08 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Wife and son joined me for dinner here on a family vacation. Got a nice table on the patio that really fit the bill. Started with a Mike Duggan No. 9 IPA draught and worked my way through a couple of Wellington Iron Dukes (wonderful from the cask) before finishing with a Mort Subite gueuze. Had a nice bruschetta to start for before a good house salad and an excellent pasta dish. Wife and son had great (so they said) chocolate desserts while I savored the Mort Subite. The waiter claimed they actually had the Westvleteren 12 listed on the beer menu (at $35 for 330 ml), but I couldn't see my way to spending that, much as I'd have liked to.
07-07-2009 01:39:11 |
More by BKotch
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We finally made it to Toronto this past Saturday after waking up at 5 AM, experiencing an extensive TSA search at Logan, an extensive search at Canadian customs in our drive from Buffalo and after checking in to our hotel a few blocks up on Yonge at Bloor. Needliess to say, around 2 PM we were ready for lunch and a beer or 2.
The sun and the nice moderate temperature (around 20C) made dining outside a preferred option - you're still under cover but can take in all the activity on Yonge. Very relaxed, a little upscale and the jazz tunes going were a solid kicker.
Beer list does have a wide selection - about 15 taps, 2 cask and a pretty wide range of bottles across the globe and style map. Very strong in Canada's range as well - lots of Unibroue in addition to the more English-style offerings of Ontario's craft brewers. Maybe a little wider range in the tap selections would be in order, but that's it.
Service was solid...took a few minutes to get settled but there was pretty much only 1 or 2 people covering the whole place...including pouring. Our waitress was very courteous and helpful; maybe not the most knowledgable about some of the taps but I gotta be able to figure it out for myself anyway, especially when I'm so unfamiliar with the local names.
The beers were good. The food was great. An appetizer of grilled calamari imparted the great char flavor by remaining lighter on the stomach than a traditional fried offering loaded with batter. The Beautiful Bride had a chicken panini with olives and artichokes - the bread was awesome and so was the rest of the thing. For me it was penne with fennel sausage - the sausage was in very small links and cut up but that didn't harm the crisp fennel flavor. The red sauce - almost a ragout - was hearty, clean, spicy and fresh. Nothing to complain about there.
Prices were reasonable pretty much - maybe getting into slightly pricier territory, but definitely not something to bitch about. This is a very cool place to lunch at and the beer list, although solid, almost became secondary. Not that it's a bad thing. Excellent stop deserving of a return engagement.
06-08-2009 09:40:59 |
More by IBUnit63
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Small cozy Italian bistro that also specialize in beer. List of taps is quite impressive even though I didn't' choose a good day to stop by with quite a few taps that were out. Bottle selection is quite impressive with loads of rare imports. Prices are reasonable for their taps and the imported bottles are expensive but it is to be expected. Service was good and attentive. I didn't try the food but from what I saw it looked quite good. Great place to stop by for beer in Toronto and also well located since it is close to downtown.
04-23-2009 20:18:34 |
More by Phyl21ca
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I went here in august of 08. I was initially blown away by the extensive beer menu, but after 10 minutes without any service on the patio, I decided to move to the couch near the bar where I flipped through a copy of michael jacksons beer guide. I had bottles of hair of the dog's Adam, southern tier IPA, and alley cat old Deuteronomy barleywine. But I also asked for three bottles from the menu that they didn't have instock. The bartender/server wasn't that knowledgeable, but he was definitely trying. Overall, a great beer bar and a cool place to spend an evening.
12-27-2008 04:57:31 |
More by AndersRM
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Came here before the Leafs/Devils game on December 16th. The bar opens at 4pm during the week and on this night it reached capacity by 5:20pm. Definitely a popular place, and for good reason.
The vibe is laid back. Dimmed lights give the bar a dark, relaxed, almost romantic ambience. The crowd was diverse, ranging from a middle-aged couple to a group of computer nerds to a businessman working on something. A display of bottled beer greets you at the door with a ridiculous variety of offerings. Vintage beer posters cover the walls, particularly near the stairs, washroom, and ATM machine. We sat at a half-booth table with a bear-skin rug on the back of the bench (amazing!). There were many people standing at the bar. Great atmosphere.
With respect to the service, our waitress was extremely knowledgeable, quick with the food, and very engaging. When she found out we're from London, she asked us about Milos' place and said she'd heard about the good things he's been doing lately. Made for a nice discussion.
Food is tasty. Quite a sophisticated menu for a beer bar (though beerbistro takes the cake). All of us enjoyed our pastas and garlic bread. There's a wide array of antipasti, pizzas, salads, and pastas on the menu.
Volo's drink selection is second to none. There were 15 beers on tap, Black Oak Pale Ale on cask, and 200 bottled beers. The wine menu is fairly extensive. I had a 2004 bottle of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, which was delicious. My friend had a La Trappe Quadrupel on tap.
In terms of prices, four beers, two glasses of wine, and four entrees were $125 without tips. Considering the quality of everything, that is decent value. Some beers are shockingly expensive but entrees are under $17 each. Overall this bar offers an excellent atmosphere, unsurpassed drink selection, tasty food, and respectable value. I will be visiting again.
12-18-2008 19:46:53 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My work has me in Toronto quite often, and yet I had never heard of Volo until the other day it dawned on me that I should have checked Beerfly for a joint a long time ago. It was extremely refreshing to find a bar that served more than your usual Rickards/Molson lineup, with the occasional cream ale.
I ordered a Koeningshoeven Quad (tap) and Chimay Blue (bottle). The Blue was perfect temp and as great as its storied acclaim. The quad was a bit disappointing as it was served a bit too chilled for my liking.
Ordered a pizza - which was certainly interesting, but not my favorite.
Service was so-so, as she wasn't very attentive and stretched out over her tables.
That said - will definitely be back to to try more of their incredible selection.
09-23-2008 18:31:01 |
More by bigkahunas4
barVolo in Toronto, ON, Canada
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