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#2068 Elephant & Castle, Toronto, Yonge St. from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 3.2 | Atmosphere 6 | Selection 6 | Value 6 | Service 8 | Overall 6 |
As wityh many other pubs in the Toronto area, I quite enjoy this establishment. The beer list mainly consists of macros, but there are a few micros available from beweries like Mill Street and Cameron. A good place to take friends for beer and decent pub fare.
5/18/2009 6:18:48 PM |
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#2067 Fox and Fiddle from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 3.7 | Atmosphere 7 | Selection 8 | Value 7 | Service 7 | Overall 8 |
I like this place. With the beer list going over 30 when draughts and bottles are taken into account - you have a larger selection than most pubs. The food is good, always hot, and the atmosphere is conducive to having a beer with friends. I would definitely recommend it.
5/18/2009 6:15:20 PM |
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#2066 Esplanade Bier Markt from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 2.8 | Atmosphere 5 | Selection 7 | Value 5 | Service 5 | Overall 6 |
The beer list is pretty good here, but nothing exclusive. The food menu is pricy and you get small portions for what you order so no value there. The service is average at best, and the atmosphere is very high end. There are many other bars in the city of Toronto that I would recommend over this one.
5/18/2009 6:12:18 PM |
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#2065 Elephant & Castle, Toronto, King St. from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 2.9 | Atmosphere 5 | Selection 5 | Value 5 | Service 8 | Overall 6 |
This is a decent place to have a meal and a decent brew. They have mainly a bunch of macros on tap, but thet also have a few decent Ontario micros like Camerons and Mill Street. I've never had bad service at ANY of their restaurants. IF you want good food while out with friends, and decent beer. I recommend this place.
5/18/2009 6:09:00 PM |
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#2064 C'est What? from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 2.8 | Atmosphere 5 | Selection 7 | Value 5 | Service 5 | Overall 6 |
The staff are awful. This is not a place I would recommend as the staff cannot be bothered by anybody they don't already know. The first time I went, I waited 20 minutes to be served, and once served, the waitress felt put out because I asked about a particular beer. The next time I went, asking what was on tap received a glare from the waiter who then responded you can read the traps yourself. Not my type of establishment
5/18/2009 6:06:38 PM |
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#2063 Smokeless Joes from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 4.1 | Atmosphere 9 | Selection 9 | Value 7 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
Smokeless Joe is a unique experience for any beer lover. It is a basement in a row-house in Toronto's enytertainment district.

Selection: The selection is supposedly Toronto's largest (as indicated by the plaques on the wall stating such). The selection includes 250+ brews from several countries around the world including far-flung places like Vietnam and Slovenia. If there is any downside...........it is that Joe doesn't seem to know that America exists. Sam Adams lager is the lone American selection.

Atmosphere: Smokeless Joe is about as cozy as you can get. The entire area is about 10 feet wide and maybe 25-30 feet long. There are probably 20-25 seats inside.

Service: I find the service to be very good, kind of Cheers like as they know my name. The small size means that the bartender welcomes almost everybody as they enter through the door.

Value: Some of the beer is steeply priced, and some aren't so steeply priced (i.e. Orval is more expensive than both Beer Bistro and Volo, while some of the German beers are cheaper at Joe's than Beer Bistro). The food is good and priced decently as well. The German beer salami sandwich is highly recommended.

Based on the claimed selection (and I have no reason to dispute it) this place is as much a beer lover's dream as Volo and Bistro in Toronto. It has it's charm.

8/8/2007 9:28:41 AM |
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#2062 Cafe Volo from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 3.7 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 9 | Value 7 | Service 5 | Overall 8 |
I have had the opportunity to visit Volo many times. It is located on a street corner in downtown Toronto about 3-4 blocks south of one of the city's busiest intersections (Yonge/Bloor).

Selection: The selection is excellent with beer from many different styles. Unlike other restaurants in the city (Beer Bistro/Smokeless Joe) the geographic selection is smaller, primarily Canada, US, Britain, Belgium, and Germany with some fringes her and there.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very publike. There is a dank inside and a spacious patio outside. Some of the the bankettes are covered with fake animal fur (they remind me of skins). U like the Beer Bistro, Volo has more of a Pub feel to it where you can sit and talk among several tables.

Service: The service to date has been nothing to write home about. It can be excellent, it can be poor. I've had my beer brought to me within 2-3 minutes when the place has been packed, and I've waited 10-15 minutes when the place was close to empty.

Value: I find the prices at Volo reasonable for both the beer and the food. The food menu is outstanding with pastas and pizzas (and some vegetarian fare) to suit almost anybody's palate.....and it's very good (not great, but more than enjoyable).

All in all, if you are looking for a great beer selection, and a cozy atmosphere, I believe that Volo is the place for you.

8/8/2007 9:16:10 AM |
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#2061 The Beerbistro from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Score: 3.7 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 7 | Value 5 | Service 9 | Overall 8 |
I have been to the Beer Bistro many times over the last year or so.

Selection: The selection is very good with a wide selection of brews from a wide range of styles

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is slightly upscale with high ceilings, nice artistic touches here and there. This is to be expected for an establishment located in Toronto's Financial District.

Service: The service is very good. I have found the waiters and waitresses knowledgeable about their beer, the food combinations, etc............and the most important aspect is that they don't hover.

Value: The value I am not completely sold on. I find some of the beer to be more expensive than other establishments in the city (Volo for example). The food is good, but not great. Certainly not worth the price you pay for the burger, pork pulled quesadilla, etc.

I would certainly recommend the Beer Bistro to somebody who wants to enjoy a fine beer in a fine setting...and doesn't mind spending a few extra bucks to do so.

8/8/2007 9:05:10 AM |
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