barVolo | Toronto, Ontario
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barVolo
World Class based on 121 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

587 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada M4Y 1Z4 [ print map ]
416 928 0008

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Hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 2pm-12am


Mayor: Sammy (25) | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 70


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Beer Available At barVolo (arranged by most recent)
Oast House X Cuff the Duke Bound to Your Own Weisses , Great Lakes Brewing Limp Puppet 82, House Ales Park Bench , Barn Door Tombstone , Great Lakes Brewing Opa , Left Field Sunlight Park Saison 55, Shacklands Citra IPA , Stillwater Existent 94, Sweetgrass Session Saison 83, Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESB 56, Stillwater Import Series Vol. 5 ’Debauched’ 97, Stillwater Classique 93, Kasteelbier Cuvée du Chateau 95, Half Pints Isolator 63, Amsterdam Testify (Mosaic) , House Ales Staff Brew’it , Lavery Belfast Black 86, Thiriez Etoile Du Nord 79, Thiriez L’Ambrée d’Esquelbecq 85, Durham LA Pale
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121 reviews for barVolo
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  81%
 Selection  88%
 Food  75%
 Value  73%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  98%
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86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
shintriad  (8) Toronto, Ontario | November 19, 2006| Updated November 28, 2006
Very small place, but a warm atmosphere. The tiny size makes it hard to find a seat in peak hours, and service can thus be a bit slow, but they do try their hardest to be polite and accommodating. Very reasonable food prices, and the quality of the meals are excellent -- simple but delicious Cal-Ital. Finally, while the beer selection isn’t the longest in town, it’s got the highest average quality in my opinion. Only place I know that serves beer from the mysterious British Columbia region. For that alone, it gets top points for effort!
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
kwoeltje  (86) Manchester, Missouri | October 11, 2006
Very cozy, rustic Italian interior. The menu is small but what I had was excellent. I don’t usually think of beer and Italian going together (except perhaps pizza), but I had a nice combination. Excellent beer selection, including a cask ale available on draught.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | October 2, 2006| Updated January 18, 2010
Cozy, middle aged inspired interior which opens to patio seating. It seemed to me that this is were those who are serious about beer, but also somewhat trendy come to spend their weekends. Our server was excellent. He made very good recommendations and was very attentive. On my visit they had the best draft list (of volo, beer bistro, and smokeless joe). They also have a very extensive bottle list. If you sit neer the bar, which is elevated overlooking the small but nice restaurant below, you will find numerous books on beer to flip through, a simple, but nice touch I thought. I cannot comment on their dinner menu, but I had a dessert which was very good. If you just want to drink good beer head here first when in toronto.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22  (21) Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario | October 1, 2006
Have hit Volo several times, usually without any beer plan in mind. Ok patio, kinda scummy Yonge street locale, but nice beer wares. Service was good, waitress fairly knowledgable and good micro and worldly selection. A little bit out of synch with menu / theme.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely  (143) Sanborn, New York | September 25, 2006
Smaller inside area with a good sized patio. Limited bar space and while the overall atmosphere makes up for the small bar, I do often prefer to sit at the bar. Friendly and pretty knowledgable staff, I really didn’t have to wait to be checked on for more beer. Nice selection of Canadian micros, a couple cask ales, decent Belgian selection, and a few real solid American micros like DFH and HotD. Definitely an essential stop in Toronto.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
TheRoot  (4) Brantford, Ontario | August 26, 2006
Ralph has certainly done a great job here! I have yet to try any food here that I did not love. Even their hamburger is great! The selection of beer always impresses me and I love the number of micros that are always on tap (it doesn’t hurt that even blind drunk I can be home and in my ned within 5 minutes of leaving... I love having a great bar at the end of my street) The service can some times be hit or miss although Ralph is certainly not above getting in there and taking orders when he sees that his staff is slammed. Excellent patio, wonderful cozy atmosphere. A definite must see if you are ever in Toronto!
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
rudolf  (104) Buffalo, New York | May 31, 2006
Why did it take me so long to get to Volo? While the place isn’t huge it isn’t anywhere near as cramped as Smokeless. The patio is wonderful for a warm spring/summer day (you might want to get a Denison’s Weiss with that) I can see it getting crowded in the winter but hey.. crowds are OK. The service was good - we never sat around long without someone coming up to see if we needed anything. Selection was great in terms of local (odd beers from Church Key, Scotch Irish) and exclusive imports for the area (Southern Tier Ja-Vah, HOTD) Bottle selection does not seem as extensive as Joes but what they have is very solid. Food was great - we ordered a pizza as an appetizer. I know.. I know. You’re thinking "meh." It was really nice, I swear. For dinner I had a great pasta dish. Prices aren’t high. Overall I loved this place. Ralph was a great host and is obviously extremely dedicated to beer.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
HogTownHarry  (28) Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario | June 21, 2005| Updated April 29, 2006
Ralph’s a terrific host - nice guy, generous with his time, will join you for a small glass now and again. Volo is my favorite in Toronto bar none right now.I expect to re-rate in a month or two after several more visits and I will likely tweak a little higher. Not a large place, but comfortable, VERY inexpensive, food is very good - best place for american micros I’ve found, plus an excellent cross-section of Canadian craft brews on tap, two cask pumps (more to come?) - PLUS he knows his wine and is promoting lesser-known VQAs. My wife loves coming here too (her second favorite in Toronto - see BeerBistro). Worth the 30 minute walk from work, and the 10 minute transit ride home ...
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow  (12) Toronto, Ontario | June 20, 2005
It’s only been a year or so since Volo got a name for itself as a beer-friendly establishment, and it’s already become one of the Toronto’s two or three essential beer destinations. Atmosphere is cozy, although it can get noisy inside when it’s busy. Patio is nice if you can stand the smokers and busy Yonge St. traffic. Service is always friendly, especially when owner Ralph is around. The selection is great, and just gets better and better as Ralph brings in more and more private orders. I’d say that they must have the city’s best selection of micros from the US and Western Canada, and there seems to be new stuff coming every couple of weeks. The cask ale is always in good shape as well, as they rotate selections often and won’t sell it if the cask has been on for too long. Food is Italian, good and reasonably priced for the most part. Kudos to Ralph and co. for creating such a fabulous place for beer lovers.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (537) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005
Up-and-coming beer place in convenient though not prettiest part of downtown. Rotating bottles and taps. Was decent appearance and mid-sized. Very good though limited selection of on-taps, and though local ,not the usual suspects. Probably the 3rd best selection in Toronto.

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