keithk (11) brooklyn, New York | July 15, 2009| Updated June 2, 2011
A must for microbrew fans...this place may not be Torontoís best for bottle selection or for Belgians, but otherwise I have come across none finer...about 35 taps, about 10 CASKS!!!!...very helpful and attentive bartender....modern, clean interior, pool tables, a coupla tvís but not overbearing...a super place to hang out and taste a lot of interesting beers...typical bar food is ok to above average, but nothing to write home about
Ask for Joan. She is a grumpy, lovely, knowledgeable curmudgeon, who knows beer inside out and backwards! The beer selection is extraordinary, with at least 3 on cask at all times. Lots of special events, including single malt tastings. The food menu could use an overhaul, but on the libation side you will noot be disappointed.
I visited on the evening of 10th June 2008 and found a welcoming warm and cosy basement pub close to Lawrence Market. Little prepares you for what awaits the discerning drinker here. A low ceiling, plenty of wood and bare brickwork greets visitors, under the subtle illumination of tungsten lighting. Recorded playlist music was at a very comfortable level, and included a selection of country, rock, soul and easy listening lounge tracks.
The beer drinker is offered no less than 35 draught beers of which I had the pleasure of enjoying at least 5, all brewed by Cíest What?ís own craft brewer at the Durham Brewery, Pickering, Ontario. A wide and varied food menu is offered, to satisfy all tastes and palates, and the prices are great value. Specials of the day included cream of zucchini and chicken soup which I enjoyed for $4.95. The soup was aromatic, full-flavoured and served at eating temperature. Superb value at less than the price of a pint in London. I chose a Greek salad as my main course, again, excellent value at $9. The salad arrived, coarse-cut, but at lightning speed and completely fresh. Very impressive.
Friendly, attentive and humorous staff kept me well looked-after throughout the evening, and as I sat on the bar, conversation was possible at times.
Also note the availability of pub games including chess, scrabble and trivial pursuit, alongside no less than four pool tables and a dartboard.
This is a MUST-visit pub when youíre in Toronto, you will certainly be glad you popped in. The high mark I award with this review is not without good reason
My other favourite place in TO! They have a more extensive tap selection than Volo, and a more extensive menu...enjoyed the Staggering Pig sandwich, pulled pork with Chipotle and wine reduction dip...mmmm! Service was friendly and attentive. The bar is huge , in 2 sections (one for shows and one for dining). Samplers are 2$ for 3 on. each, or 6 for 10$. I highly recommend this place...have to go back for the other house beers I didnít try.
Great tap list of mostly Ontario craft brews, with a few of their own. Some decent bottles, but why bother with this tap list. Love the cozy ambience with brick and stone walls and fireplaces. If youíre lucky youíl get a couch. Nice place to be if itís nasty outside.
A Toronto institution. Great ambience when the place is crowded, less so when it is slow. Always interesting collection of Ontario craft beer. Food is great. Really nothing bad to be said.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | July 12, 2010| Updated February 18, 2011
Awesome brewpub/beer bar in Toronto, ON. I visited Cíest What this past summer and it surpassed my expectations. First of all, this place is huge! Way bigger than I expected, with 3-4 large sections: a sit-down bar, lots of tables throughout the restaurant, a back/lounge section, and a performance stage with additional seats/tables (and I think another bar as well). Atmosphere is chilled-out, conversational in the restaurant with loud music in the stage section. Some rock band was performing when we came. Well-lit ambiance and a wide, approachable bar. Highly visible tap handles, though I donít remember seeing a chalkboard. Fast, competent, and friendly service as our drinks and dessert arrived quickly. No complaints here. Selection is arguably ísmallí - I didnít see the bottle menu - but the quality of cask and tap offerings is superb. I had Granite Hopping Mad on cask and Black Oak Saison on tap. My girl and I enjoyed a wonderful chocolate brownie dessert, which forms the basis of my food rating. Although I donít remember the exact amount of our bill, I donít believe it was expensive (4 drinks and 1 dessert). So, from what I recall, the prices were reasonable. I will definitely return to Cíest What again, particularly when I feel like drinking top-notch Ontario craft beer. I also want to try some of the barís own brews. Another great beer spot in T.O.
This place was quite cozy. It is down a flight of stairs, has two bars and a couple of pool tables. The crowd seemed young. Even saw a table playing cards at one of the tables. The service was good and the tap list was extensive. Overall, a really nice place to visit.