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Beer Available At barVolo (arranged by most recent)
Kensington Black Market , Junction Craft Brakemanís Session Ale , Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown 81, Cheshire Valley Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale , Indie Alehouse Couch Surfer , Bellwoods Cat Lady 96, Thiriez / Jester King la Petite Princesse 87, Mikkeller Black Hole 100, Le Trou du Diable Dulcis Succubus 99, Thiriez LíAmbrťe díEsquelbecq 87, House Ales Pound Cake , Amsterdam X House Ales Rip & Run , House Ales Fermium 97, Camerons Rye Bock 56, Dieu du Ciel / The Alchemist Moralitť 99, West Avenue Sake Cider , House Ales Gucci Brown 71, Great Lakes Brewing Full Nelson APA , Amsterdam Order & Chaos 72, House Ales Hip-Hop Series #2 Tu-Hop 86
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wnp22 (21) Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario | October 1, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | September 25, 2006
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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 didnít 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.
TheRoot (4) Brantford, Ontario | August 26, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
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 doesnít 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!
rudolf (104) 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 (517) 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 (195) 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 (502) 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.
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