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Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 61
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
587 Yonge St
, M4Y 1Z4
phone: (416) 928-0008
barVolo has recently begun brewing house beers on premise, under the guise of House Ales. However they are not always available. Call ahead to confirm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$
A nice pub like atmosphere, with a ton of cool bottles lying around and a chalkboard list of beers on tap. During our visit they were not terribly busy and had run out of some beers, but never took the time to wipe them for some odd reason...
The quality of the beers I had was pretty good... Casked IPAs. They did serve me one drink filled with trub from dry-hopping. I also have to wonder about the quality of some of the other beers on their menu. They had a pilsner from back home (Half Pints) that hasn't been around since last summer and their Oktoberfest from 8 months prior. I can't imagine they will be particularly fresh nor hoppy. Also I had 3 cask beers served to me without head. How can you pull that trick off? Their selection was second to none in Canada though... Stuff that the LCBO doesn't have, must have been special orders.
Service? Awful. Hadn't had any this bad in a long time. SLOW. Took forever to let us know that some food was out. Words cannot describe how pathetic the service was.
The food was good and tasty, albeit small portion sizes.
The beers though are crazy expensive. Aphrodisiaque which can be had for $2.5 4 hours away for $11? Central City which is $2 in MB for $10? Do I need to list more ludicrous prices? If you aren't drinking tap beer, bring gold bullion...
07-11-2010 03:23:42 |
More by kjyost
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$$
Nice corner bar with a great beer selection. But I doubt I'll bother going back.
Enormous beer selection. Lots of local stuff. Good range of styles on the tap list, including cask ales, ciders, and sour beers. There is something for everyone. Fast service at the bar. Low-key, comfortable atmosphere. Mostly young customers who are lively but not rowdy. Relatively efficient (although not terribly friendly) service.
Very limited food menu, and much of that was "not available tonight". I ended up ordering a burger when I got tired of asking for unavailable things. The place was full but not what I'd call "crowded", yet it took 35 minutes for my burger to show up. Not large, or special, and nothing with it except some olives, for 15 Loonies.
Bottle list is heavy on Belgians. I didn't see much else. And the prices were ridiculous. Sure, some of the stuff is rare. But beer has to be pretty effing amazing to justify $30 - $60 per bottle. And most of the stuff on the blackboard was, indeed, in that range.
There is an outdoor patio where people can smoke. Every time the door opens, the smell of smoke blasts in. Yuck.
Overall, I do like the vibe and the tap selection. But it is overpriced for what you get and not good enough to justify a return trip.
01-13-2013 16:17:48 |
More by paulie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Bar Volo is my new favorite beer bar in Toronto--I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
I was in Toronto for a conference and was looking for precisely a place like Volo, which had a varied and tantalizing selection of craft beers from all over Canada.
Food was fine, but service was pretty terrible when we went there for dinner (forgotten/mixed up orders, difficulty getting the server's attention for drink refills). The bartenders were good, and service was fine when I was there for late lunch at a calmer hour.
Any faults are more than made up for by the incredible selections on tap and in bottles. Any beer geek could find plenty of little surprises to enjoy at Volo. I wish I could get there more often!
01-15-2011 19:20:20 |
More by TaddyPorter
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My work has me in Toronto quite often, and yet I had never heard of Volo until the other day it dawned on me that I should have checked Beerfly for a joint a long time ago. It was extremely refreshing to find a bar that served more than your usual Rickards/Molson lineup, with the occasional cream ale.
I ordered a Koeningshoeven Quad (tap) and Chimay Blue (bottle). The Blue was perfect temp and as great as its storied acclaim. The quad was a bit disappointing as it was served a bit too chilled for my liking.
Ordered a pizza - which was certainly interesting, but not my favorite.
Service was so-so, as she wasn't very attentive and stretched out over her tables.
That said - will definitely be back to to try more of their incredible selection.
09-23-2008 18:31:01 |
More by bigkahunas4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Great selection with 30 taps of craft beer available. Mostly Ontario but there's a few Quebec brews available as well. I've been here a bunch of times but never had food - so I can't adequately rate it. Service is a bit limited - I've been told a couple of times that there was no wait staff so if I wanted anything I'd have to order from the bar - but when they do have waited tables, the staff is cordial but not brimming with excitement or friendliness. Patio is excellent if you get the end table facing Yonge St to people-watch, but even if not it's a nice covered patio, great for spring and summer months!
06-07-2013 23:28:21 |
More by 307x
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A neat little italian-fusion establishment with one of the best beer selections I have ever seen. The taps host mainly local micros, but I've seen lots of other stuff on (Unibroue for example). The bottle selection is amazing, and Ralph really tries hard to get US micro stuff in that no one else is getting.(Hair of the dog, Southern Tier ) The festivals are also a great opportunity to try the local brewery one-offs. I didn't get a chance to try the food, but I have heard good things from the locals.
12-07-2006 12:23:53 |
More by mrmanning
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A nice little corner bar just up from Dundas square. My wife and I stopped by after dinner. They have an outstanding tap selection of local Canadian craft beer with a couple on cask. A few of them are even brewed in house. The 16+ taps are augmented by an extensive bottle list. Prices are quite reasonable. We went Tuesday evening when it really wasn't busy but often felt forgotten by the server. Other than that it was a great little bar with a nice outdoor patio section and unparalleled selection. If you're in Toronto and can spare a moment, this is a worthwhile stop.
06-13-2012 03:08:23 |
More by ThickNStout
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