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Beer Available At C’est What? (arranged by most recent)
Wellington Quick Brown Fox ESB , Underdogs All or Nothing Hopfenweisse , Lake of Bays Lake Monster , Camerons California Sunshine 78, Wellington Root Down Ginger Beer , Cest What Mother Puckers Ginger Wheat 32, Hogtown Brewers Hogwild IPA 59, Oast House The Mayor’s Craic , Camerons Rye Bock 67, Camerons Auburn Ale 46, Cest What Big Butt 64, Neustadt Springs Joan’s Dark Secret 46, Durham Black Eye 87, Great Lakes Brewing Etobichoker 97, Kensington Brewing Santa’s ’Stache , Great Lakes Brewing Lake Effect IPA 98, Northwinds Three Stage XPA , Double Trouble Prison Break Breakout Pilsner 37, Wellington Shadowplay Schwarzbier 47
cyrenaica (9) Milton, Ontario | May 16, 2008
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Selection: Most of the beers on the current menu can be found at either Smokeless Joe’s, Cafe Volo, or the Beer Bistro. About 50 beer total, and all Canadian br
Atmosphere: It’s a windowless basement pub in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market district, and has been done up decently. It’s more a candidate for Restaurant Makeover however than any awards. br
Service: As a previous describes, the staff is quite snobbish, to the point of insulting. I asked for one particular beer and the response was ’We don’t have it anymore....nobody bought it....you should have been here two weeks ago. Made me wonder why they didn’t update the menu that cost them a maximum of $0.05 to make. br
Value: The beer value was excellent. $5.00 - 6.00 for a 550ml draught of a Canadian craft brew. The food value...........not so great. My burger was very good, but I can get a similar burger at other restaurants for less (and more meat). br
I would recommend this place because the beer value is excellent and the beer selection beats a chain restaurant like Kelsey’s/Casey’s/Jack Astors
Randy4Beer (15) , | August 20, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A fairly dimly lit, sub-street level place divided into a more restaurant side and a more bar side with pool tables.
Hard to rate the ambiance, as the three times I have visited it, it was very, very quiet, with only a handful of other patrons present.
Service is very good and the staff quite knowledgeable about their beers.
The selection of beers is very good, although not outstanding. You’d take a few trips to run out of new things to try though.
Food was tasty, but not overly remarkable.
Very good value as it wasn’t expensive at all, compared to similar establishments my wife and I have frequented.
Overall, this is a place I worry about, as I like going when in Toronto, but it always looks like it isn’t getting the business it deserves.
pushkinwow (123) Ottawa, Ontario | January 30, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Went on a Tuesday evening for dinner and some beer. You have to go downstairs into a basement environment that is split into 2 separate rooms. The food is nothing special and I would probably avoid eating here (more because there are much better places nearby but if you want generic decent pub food its fine); our server was friendly, knew a decent amount about their beer, and was happy to provide samples. Mostly Ontario beer and a decent selection but once again you can tick many of these elsewhere (Bar Hop would be my favourite new place fo rsure). That being said have to mention that I love the house blend that pokes fun at the mayor. Would say that if you are in the area this place is worth visiting for a couple ticks but unless there is a special event there are better places.
PatIrish (13) Toronto, Ontario | August 26, 2013
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 10/20
Re-rate, stopped in with a larger group, with plenty of space available to sit. Our server was down right rude and so disinterested in serving us. Probably the last time I ever come here. Really a shame.
Boudicca (694) London, England | August 25, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
A large, down-to-earth, downstairs bar in downtown Toronto with a good reputation for having an extensive range of craft beers, including Al’s Cask Ale brewed specially for them by County Durham Brewing.
(Visited 6 November 2012).
jercraigs (314) Toronto, Ontario | August 12, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pros: Selection of Ontario micros is extensive, merely good in terms of the world.That said if you are visiting its probably one of the best places to try an assortment of the core Ontario micro brands. Food is reasonably priced and extremely tasty, good comfort food, or upscale pub grub with a touch of ethnic thrown in. Comfortable relaxed environment generally, nice bare brick walls. Great spot to try a bunch of local brews for visiting Ratebeerians. I come back fairly regularly to eat with friends and family since it pleases a wide audience.
Cons: Has a historical reputation for surly staff but I find that has improved recently. If coming in a large-ish group be aware that it can be obnoxious getting a table on a busy weekend evening or during one of their festivals.
Gethinbeer (120) Nova Scotia | April 23, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Basement pub in a nice area of down-town Toronto. Good selection of beers. Some made by themselves and lots of locals. Nice clean place. I’m not sure on the decor, but who cares. I’m here for the beer in a chilled out atmosphere. Nice place.
ads135 (170) Lawrence, Kansas | April 13, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the better beer bars and microbreweries in Toronto. Their own beers are some of the best available which includes a modest selection of other Canadians beers, especially from Ontario. Not bad food either.
Arizont (7) Toronto, Ontario | January 15, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
shaynsawchuk (7) Mississauga, Ontario | December 7, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
Went on a night with live music, great beer selection; if only domestic, knowledgable staff and good service.
LilBeerDoctor (335) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | October 24, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is a cozy bar/brewpub in downtown Toronto. It is set in a basement and there is an area of couches around a fireplace, which is right where we headed on a rainy, dreary, day. It was so cozy, I just wanted to settle in and stay there for the rest of the day. Anyway, they offer quite a few drafts, about 5 of the C’est What? beers, some regulars, and then about 15 rotating taps. All Canadian offerings. They also have 4 casks on regularly. The food menu is mostly standard pub fare - I got the shephard’s pie which was cheesy but very tasty. Prices are on the high side for beer (I think around $5 for a 300 ml pour) but probably comparable to the rest of places in downtown Toronto. Service can be a little slow when you’re in the couches section, but I didn’t mind. Overall I had a great time here and strongly recommend it (especially if it’s a nasty day outside!).
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