barVolo | Toronto, Ontario
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World Class based on 123 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

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

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

Mayor: Sammy (30) | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 70


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Beer Available At barVolo (arranged by most recent)
Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe du Printemps 97, Dieu du Ciel Disco Soleil 96, Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Été aux Cerises 96, Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Été à la Mangue 89, Dieu du Ciel Le P’tit Blanc , Dieu du Ciel Cascade Blanche 84, House Ales Bike Thief , House Ales Flying Solo IPA (Galaxy Hop) , Dieu du Ciel Saison St-Louis 85, Dieu du Ciel Nativité Rousse 85, Dieu du Ciel Nativité Blonde 91, Dieu du Ciel Élixir Céleste 89, Dieu du Ciel Païenne Cascade , Barn Door Summer Storm , Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel 100, Dieu du Ciel Pionnière 98, Dieu du Ciel Charbonnière 95, Great Lakes Brewing Belgian Farmhouse , Granite Brewery Hopping Mad 83, Great Lakes Brewing No Chance With Miranda 76
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123 reviews for barVolo
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  81%
 Selection  88%
 Food  75%
 Value  73%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber  (236) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | January 1, 2007| Updated December 9, 2012
If you are in Toronto this is the place to go . You will feel welcome and respected. Mixed home style service with passion of true beer lover at very reasonable cost. Can’t ask for much more.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
RaphaelN  (6) Peterborough, Ontario | December 19, 2006| Updated May 4, 2008
Great place and a great environment. The waitress was very knowledgable and the owner Ralph greeted us upon entry. The food is is satisfactory, and can vary from good to great! Very cozy and enjoyable atmosphere! Mind you though, you better be ready to shell out tips. Being students ourselves, I will admit that we left a small $5 tip as we were running quite broke after the drinks (contrary to my usual payment). The waitress returned the $5 bill and demanded a higher tip asking if the service was bad! I was amazed by her nerve! We left after shelling out $15, and as sad as it does sound, we had left our bank cards at home and had to cancel our plans to play pool. That is my only gripe. Nothing to do with the place though, just the very offensive individual. The place looks great! And the prices are unbeatable!
  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!
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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!
  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.
  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 ...

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