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Beer Available At barVolo (arranged by most recent)
House Ales Fermium 97, Great Lakes Brewing Pompous Ass 89, Oast House Pitchfork Porter , House Ales Lil Swag , House Ales Pound Cake , Nickel Brook / Sawdust City 11/05 Barleywine , Bellwoods Table Beer , Amsterdam Starke Pilsner , Le Trou du Diable Le Purgatoire - Archťoporter 96, Le Trou du Diable Punkrauch 79, Great Lakes Brewing Lake Effect IPA 97, Indie Alehouse Glory and Consequences , Le Trou du Diable LíImpťrator , House Ales Eric , West Avenue Cherry Beach / Rose Cider , House Ales X Half Pints The Other White House , Les Trois Mousquetaires Hors Sťrie Gose 91, Indie Alehouse X Birrificio Bruton Italian Job 73, Great Lakes Brewing Slippery When Brett , Parallel 49 Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA 84
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rudolf (100) Buffalo, New York | May 31, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Why did it take me so long to get to Volo? While the place isnít huge it isnít anywhere near as cramped as Smokeless. The patio is wonderful for a warm spring/summer day (you might want to get a Denisonís 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. Youíre thinking "meh." It was really nice, I swear. For dinner I had a great pasta dish. Prices arenít high. Overall I loved this place. Ralph was a great host and is obviously extremely dedicated to beer.
HogTownHarry (28) Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario | June 21, 2005| Updated April 29, 2006
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Ralphís 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 Iíve 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 ...
GregClow (12) Toronto, Ontario | June 20, 2005
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Itís only been a year or so since Volo got a name for itself as a beer-friendly establishment, and itís already become one of the Torontoís two or three essential beer destinations. Atmosphere is cozy, although it can get noisy inside when itís 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. Iíd say that they must have the cityís 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 wonít 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.
Sammy (497) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
CapFlu (193) Victoria, British Columbia | June 5, 2005| Updated February 4, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I probably gave my server a tougher time than I needed to - as she likely hadnít served too many individuals whoíve had 1900 beers. The outdoor patio was fantastic. The selection of beers was excellent by Ontario standards (a lot of Esprit consignments) and the bathrooms were clean and very presentable. I found it somewhat misleading that they had certain beers advertised but not available like Westy 12, Westemalle Triple and Scotch Irish Captain Cascade... if you donít have the beer - especially if you have no way of GETTING the beer - donít advertise for it!!! But I was thirsty, and this was a place to drink, for which my brothers and I performed to the tune of $120 - Denisonís Weissen on draught is truly a Toronto pleasure. I could drink that all night if I was locked alone in a bar or if someone rolled a keg of it to my place in Ottawa. The Lagunistas were a nice addition to the menu, as I ordered two bottles (Maxim and Hairy Eyes)... though my sister-in-law didnít like the prices ($14.95 / 750ml). The price wasnít something I was terribly concerned about though... as I have seen far MORE expensive prices at Smokeless Joeís and elsewhere. I hope Volo looks at expanding east... Ottawa could use a bar like this.
JoeMcPhee (501) Toronto, ON, Ontario | May 18, 2005| Updated November 27, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Since Iíve moved here and this is the place I spend the most time in I figured itís time to update my rating a little bit. First off, this is head and shoulders above other beer destinations in the city. Iím still surprised by how much stuff they manage to get in and how much Ralph, Tomas and Julian have done to promote the growth of craft beer in Toronto. These guys "get it" and that attitude trickles down into everything they do. Theyíve pushed against the Ontario bureaucracy to bring beer in from all over the country, have hosted fantastic brewer events and have done all of this with an eye toward improving the scene for everyone in the industry. All of this doesnít mention the fantastic beer (UK style mostly) that theyíre brewing in back. I canít say enough good things about the place.
I managed to kill a whole day in here while the girlfriend was taking in shopping and theatre. Nice selection, both tap and bottled, although I was disappointed that the menu showed Westy on it, there was a half-empty crate of Westy bottles on display on the bar, but they claimed they had no Westy... I think they were holding out. Anyway, decent food but not as good as their reputation. Most of the beer was well-treated but there were a few problems. Definitely worth a visit while in the city.
Update based on a recent re-visit. The selection and quality has expanded dramatically since then. Lots more selection of US micros (although due to the LCBOs treatment of private order stuff, itís way overpriced). An excellent selection of tap handles and a server who really knew the product and was both friendly and efficient, even when the place got jammed. The best in Toronto right now.
Jan Primus (2) Waterloo, Ontario | May 14, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This is my new beer place when I hit TO. To start with, while the beer menu wasnít the biggest, it had all the top end stuff that Iím after plus everything I ordered was in stock. The prices were very fair compared to the other beer bars in TO, I think my beloved Rochefort 10 was $8.95 (thanks Tupalev). Another big plus for me was the patio, right on Yonge, great place to spend a sunny afternoon drinkin killa brews and checkin out babes.For the food, I had a burger and caesar salad, both very solid if not a touch gourmet-like. Service was solid too, especially considering how busy it was, canít wait til my next visit.
Gorbalev (57) Ontario | April 15, 2005| Updated May 29, 2005
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Volo is quickly becoming the go to place in Toronto and that has as much to do with Ralph, the owner, as it does with the excellent food and growing beer list. Ralph is always welcoming, tell him you like good beer or visit sites like this one and Bartowel, and heíll sit down with you and chat you up and pour a couple samples. I appreciate the efforts to bring in unique bottles that some of Torontoís other fine establishments are not pursuing. The cask Ale is a nice addition as well. A must visit when you are in Toronto.
Oakes (614) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 8, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Beer list is improving with special imports and a caring proprietor. The food I had was solid. The owner opened for me when they werenít supposed to be open so you canít argue with that. Turning into a must-visit place.
MrManning (60) Hamilton, Ontario | February 8, 2005| Updated June 24, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A neat little italian-fusion establishment with one of the best beer selections I have ever seen. The taps host mainly local micros, but Iíve 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 didnít get a chance to try the food, but I have heard good things from the locals.
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