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Beer Ratings: 61
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
587 Yonge St
, M4Y 1Z4
phone: (416) 928-0008
barVolo has recently begun brewing house beers on premise, under the guise of House Ales. However they are not always available. Call ahead to confirm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just walking in the door put me in the throes of ecstasy. Right there was a cooler full of fine beers, plus the top of said cooler was loaded with great, spent bottles. Holy Tintin, Batman, Ive really arrived! The whole place was free-form, with seat yourself seating; an open-air quality with the doors wide; the randomness of the seating area, which was split by a blonde wood divider; and the extremely short bar, which looked more like a wine bar than anything else. I settled for a marble-topped table for two, tangentially overlooking the patio to my right. The breeze kept me alert and the washrooms were to my left, down a flight of stairs. The kitchen was all of the way aft, on the right side.
The selection was amazing! They had so many things that I wanted to try, but many of them were in either bombers or cork-conditioned bottles, any of which would have been too much for this solo traveler at Volo, wearing a bolo (tie). As to the atmosphere I felt as though I was sitting in a Parisian café circa the 1920s. I kept awaiting the arrival of members of the Lost Generation, but at least the headwaiter came over to see how I was doing. Pen and ink notebooks have that effect on people. I just sat there, astounded, listening to the great banter among the staff and contemplating a return visit.
08-24-2006 04:15:51 |
More by woodychandler
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This was a nice place in downtown TO on Yonge street. I visited here with BA Dr. J and we had a good time. Atmosphere is nice. Kind of fancy, dark woods, dim lighting. More restaurant in feel than pub, but nice. Quality of our brews was very good, and the service was certainly fast and courteous. Selection was good with a nice BIG selection of Canadian micros, cheap European imports, and pricey American imports. We shared a bomber of the "hoppiest beer in Canada" Philips double ipa from Victoria, BC. We also got some pints of Sgt. Majors IPA, which was very tasty as well. Prices were a bit high though with draughts at $5+ and the bomber going for $16 bones Canadian. A nice bar, i'd come back to when in TO.
05-22-2005 22:45:19 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped for a few pints at barVolo and had a very nice time. Service was very good and attentive while my niece and I sat and chatted through the late afternoon. Good selection of taps with a range of the better Canadian beers, including the two double IPAs that I had. A few outside drafts thrown in, but basically a really good local craft bar. Small, but nice atmosphere with just the noise of patrons talking in the background. My only complaint is the tab added up very quickly. A bit pricey, but good if you're looking for the best local beers served well.
07-28-2011 18:43:16 |
More by FightingEntropy
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: 4.5 | 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
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: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$$
BarVolo stacks up with the best. It is honestly one of the best beer bars I have ever been to.
They have quite a few rotating taps, I'd say about 35 or so, wich 6 or 7 beer engines. Fantastic! Love me a good cask ale now and then. The taplist consists of a mixture of Ontario beers and a few from other Canadian provinces. Just a really nice, well rounded selection. A little short on Stouts, which was surprising seeing how it's November, and beginning to be a bit chilly. They had quite a few APA's and IPA's, which I see isn't just an American thing, even the Canadian's have bought into the hop rage...it's all good. I didn't have any Pale's at all.
Their bottle selection is where it's at. Freaking amazing bottle selection. Things that you will not find anywhere else, aside from some of the really great beer bars around the world.
I didn't try any of the food on my first visit, but I know I will be back and want to give the food a shot, sounds and looks tasty. The service was fine. The bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly...I like the fact that they don't take your order at the table. Don't be a lazy D-Bag and get off your ass to order a freaking drink and a snack, bro! It keeps the staff to a minimal and that means taking up less space and less overheard for this bar.
Will recommend to people I want to visit...all others stay away.
11-22-2013 13:43:52 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Spent every evening during the Toronto stop perusing the various wares from this place. Great mix of local, regional, US, and European choices. Several selections are not even available in this part of the world, but appear to be brought back on the carry-on of the owner. Sampled local Russian imperials, rauchs, APAs, and a hopped up Canadian "dark ale."
Part Euro-cafe meets beer bar. The place was generally quiet and filled with locals. A quick conversation on the first night spread out to several. Food was more of the cal-Italian type you see in many areas now. Had a pretty good personal pizza with goat cheese followed by some sundried tomato enhanced tapenade.
By far, the best beer-infused location found downtown with a good attention to everything. With the exception of some harried waitresses outside--just appeared to be "weeded" the entire time--the barstaff were spot on.
05-02-2006 14:25:00 |
More by Dithyramb
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
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