Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 61
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.88/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Was here on a Thursday night. A small joint on Yonge Street with a dining area and very small bar. There was a bench and a sofa as well where you could enjoy your beers. The beers were outstanding. Tons of different bottles available, about a dozen taps of mostly local micros as well as a cask conditioned ale.
The prices were very fair and the best deal was 3 5oz samplers for $5. What a great way to try a lot of new beers without making a big investment in the beer. Not sure whats worse when you get a pint you dont really like - the fact you shelled out your money or the fact that you have to drink a pint of the stuff.
I had a pile of beers that were new to me which i was pretty excited about. With the samplers I think I had almost all of the tap selections as well as a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
The bar was a little cramped but the service was great as was the attitude. I will defenitely be back next time I am in the area.
As an added bonus, after I had a Denison's Weisse, I was informed that the brewer, Michael Hancock was in the house, so I had to tell him what a great job he does on that beer. Hopefully he gets his brew in bottles sometime soon.
03-12-2005 17:00:24 | More by SaunaKing
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Up-and-coming beer place in convenient though not prettiest part of downtown. Was decent appearance and mid-sized. New server had attitude of someone who would send you scurrying for cover, but when the owner Ralph saw it was 2 web-based beer raters among others, everything immediately changed for the great, and a very good time was salvaged. Only other complaint which I found at other pubs was that it was on the cool side in the nice tables in the front. Very good though limited selection of on-taps, and though local ,not the usual suspects. Probably the 3rd best selection in Toronto.
12-31-2004 16:57:40 | More by Sammy
4.66/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This is hands down the best beer bar in Toronto, and its primarily an Italian Restaraunt, go figure. This small cafe is located on a street corner with a cozy eating area open to the street, a retro bar area and a nice little covered patio. Theres lots of vintage Italian prints, breweriana and a cool collection of beer bottles on the walls. Theres a good mix of music, I heard the Hives, Whitestripes and some Techno house stuff. The music was a little loud for me but it was 1 AM.
The selection is well thought out and very varied, with all the unibroues I ever heard of, lots of Belgians (including cantillons Rocheforts and Westmalles) and a good American selection (Rogue, Victory, Dogfish head). The taps are good with Apple Ephemere, Dennison's excellent Weissbier and my favorite, Sargent Major, among other Canadian micros. on September 23rd they are going to get Sargent Major and a Mill Street creation called 'Hop it up' on cask. I can wait, Sargent Major is one of the best IPAs Ive ever tried and its going to be amazing on cask.
The owners of this bar have a real passion for beers and have clearly put a lot of time and effort into the beer menu. The fact that they are going to intoduce casks is a testament to this, especially considering how unknown good beer is in Toronto.
The prices at Volo are always cheaper than the other bars Pints are a dollar or two cheaper than the Bier Market or Cest what and unibroue 750 mL bottles are 5 dollars cheaper than Smokeless Joe's. My Dogfish Head Raison Detre was only 6 dollars.
The servers are very friendly and insist you sample the beers you havent tried before you get a pint. They are also very fast and quite knowledgable (for Toronto) on beer.
This place is an absolute must visit for any beer lover in Toronto, its also relatively unkown which sucks because its so good. Dont waste your time at the pretentious Bier Market, come here instead. Next time Im gonna try the food.
09-15-2004 22:10:36 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a nice little quaint Italian restaurant on Yonge, between Bloor and Wellesley. They have a nice patio outside, that probably sits more than inside. Oh yes, and they have a tremendous beer selection too. Probably 12 taps of local micros, with a Stella Artois thrown in. Bottle selection is amazing, second only to Smokeless Joes. They have a good mix of Canadian micros, trappist ales (Westmalle, Chimay, Rochefort 10), and other LCBO available beers from Belgium, Germany and England. From the US, they have Victory's Storm King and HopDevil, DFH's Raison d'etre and a few others. Come September, they'll have their first cask ale available. They had a 4 page beer list.
The price was very reasonable. Definitely cheaper than Smokeless. Probalby the most expensive was the Rochefort 10 at $8.95 (excluding large bottles). All others ranged from 5 to 7 dollars.
The one problem I had with them was that they served my Storm King stout with a crappy ass lager glass that was dripping wet. Although to their credit, they gave me a proper glass after I asked without fuss, and even better, they let me keep the bottle and take it home! (I collect beer bottles)
We also ordered food, which was surprisingly good. I had a nice pizza ($10) while my girlfriend had a good pasta.
Overall, I enjoyed this place quite a bit. Ranks up there as one of the 5 best beer bars in Toronto.
08-14-2004 04:40:06 | More by baiser
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
A nice little place on the corner of Yonge & Dundonald. The interior is small but very cozy. Plenty of dark woods and a pleasant decor. The patio is quite busy and seats about 40 while inside, things are less busy and looks to seat about 40 as well plus 5 or so people at the bar.
Right off the bat I noticed a chalk board listing 12 taps all of which were local/regional brews ranging from Churchkey to Scotch-Irish to Unibroue to Dennison's to Robinson's. Not a bad list...they double the taps that Smokeless Joe's have. Overall about 100 bottled beers, 1/3 of which were Canadian and the others, European, American & UK.
The very next thing i noticed was that they had one of the lowest mark-ups i've seen in Toronto. $5.95 for a bottle of Delerium Tremens, $6.95 for a bottle of Westmalle or $4.95 for a pint of Blanche de Chambly on tap. Not too shabby i'd say.
I also took the time to order dinner as well. Very good pasta dishes at moderate prices....but worth the extra few dollars.
I enjoyed Volo Caffe very much. It was a nice suprise and i will definitley be back.
06-30-2004 02:36:09 | More by Popsinc
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
This is not your average beer bar. It's almost as though the establishment has two personalities -- on the one hand it's an extremely well-stocked pub, and on the other it's a cozy Italian restaurant. This unlikely combination works very well though.
The decor is mostly rustic, with an eclectic collection of small, accent furniture throughout the dining room. It's a little intimate inside, but for those that like a little more room there is an outdoor patio. There's also a small group of stools at the bar for those times when you're just looking for a nice pint.
And there are plenty of nice pints to enjoy here. There were a total of twelve taps running on my most recent visit, all with Canadian microbrews except for a single tap supplying Stella. There is an extensive bottle list, with an additional 30 Canadian micros, about 30 Belgian and continental European bottles, and more than a dozen US and British imports. On top of this there are regular beer specials and seasonals. I was also very impressed by the large array of glassware dedicated to beer, that allowed each style to be poured into an appropriate glass.
The food is also excellent. Dishes range from pastas to panini, and personal pizzas to more traditional entrees. We found the price to be very reasonable for the quality.
This is quickly becoming one of our favourite local destinations for enjoying both good beer and good food. Unfortunately, the service is rather poor. It is quite common to end up waiting more than half an hour with an empty beer glass for either another round or the bill.
(Edit April 11, 2005) We've continued to stop in on a fairly regular basis and I'm pleased to say that the service is very much improved. This is definitely one of the best places in Toronto to have a beer.
06-05-2004 20:36:50 | More by DrJay
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