HogTownHarry (28) Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario | June 21, 2005| Updated May 17, 2006
I used to quite like this place - a walk-down in an interesting area (St Lawrence Market) with exposed brick walls, fireplaces, decent pool tables, a good single malt selection and more than 2 dozen taps, reasonably priced, funky menu (lamb burger and yam fries), but ... Itís gone downhill. Thanks to Torontoís smoking ban, they are bifurcated - two separate bars, one smoking, one non - and there are different taps in each. Itís busy, noisy, you feel rushed, the staff, never "friendly", now seem positively surly. They wonít bring a beer from one side to the other any more, they wonít let you sit at a table unless youíre ordering food, their bottle selection is poor, and frankly, even though most of their taps are "craft" brews (including several of their own, including hemp, coffee porter and so on), I find most of them boring. I doubt Iíll be back, which is a shame. *Update 2006 - Hell will freeze over twice before Iíll ever go back - any place where the best you can say about the service is "well, at least they didnít pull a weapon on me" deserves no trade whatsoever until they shape up. Shame all around, 4 horrible experiences in a row (over two years, thatís THREE "last hances") are enough to judge - avoid.
good pub. Three of us had seven beers and some food and walked out for less than 50 CDN (38 USD). Smoking and non-smoking areas, lots of tables and sofas and billiard tables. Servers not beer knowledgeable,
shintriad (8) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005| Updated February 25, 2008
Iíve had too many problems trying to get my group a table here, because they always close off half the joint for a local band. Reservations are a good call on weekends, although weekdays are very pleasant. Decent food and the price is right. I find they serve the beers warmer than most places, which beergeeks might appreciate (just not in the summer). Cozy atmosphere and no-nonsense, informal service.
This place is nice, they had 35 beers on draft which is nice but half of them are under 4.5% I think the highest was 6% and all 3 I ordered were garbage but there still was a big selection to choose from. Really nice pool tables in there I think 4 of them, one being in the smoking room. Service was excellent, went on a sunday so it was really quiet, the burger was awesome and the fries were even better.
Best place for beer in downtown Toronto. I found most places in the city served the same old tasteless Canadian lagers, OR were trying their hardest to be a British pub. Cíest What though had a unique selection of homemade, micro brews, and imports. Bartenders are really friendly too.
Live music some nights too.
Been there a couple times now. Beer selection is nice, as they always have good stuff on tap, and they have a few casks as well which is cool. Bottle selections is average. Service could be better, as I havent seen any of the employees smile yet. Decent place.
JoeMcPhee (533) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 24, 2005| Updated December 15, 2007
I liked this place. Lots of taps, most of them good. Seems like a cool place to kill an afternoon. Worth stopping by if in the area. Service can be a bit slow, but still a good place. The food is pretty solid. Rotating taps with some stuff that you donít see in many other places.
An interesting variety of food, most of which is under $10. A lot of Ontario micros on tap, probably more than any other place boasts. 75% of my visits to Cíest What the service has been atrocious, yet I still go back.
Cíest What has always been one of my favourite places to hang out in Toronto, even back before I was a serious beer geek. I love the atmosphere, and the food is good quality and reasonably priced. The service isnít as good as it used to be, but is still better than some places. As for the beer, you wonít find a better selection of Ontario & Quebec micros on tap anywhere else in the city. Itís just a shame that many of their house beers arenít so hot.