The Rhino | Toronto, Ontario
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The Rhino
Above Average based on 17 ratings
Type: Bar

1249 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada M6K 1L5 [ print map ]
416 535 8089

Mayor: Sammy (3) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 205

The Rhino

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Innocente Cranky Zestive , Beer Academy Holiday Dubbel , Black Oak 10 Bitter Years (Tangerine) , Church-Key Holiday Spiced Stout , Wellington Walk The Plank , Black Oak Nox Aeterna , Flying Monkeys Cadillac Graveyard , Garden Piperales , Oast House Roasted Chesnut , Camerons Rye Bock 66, Camerons Auburn Ale 46
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17 reviews for The Rhino
 Ambiance  58%
 Service  54%
 Selection  69%
 Food  67%
 Value  81%
 Overall  61%
 Rating  65%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
JesseM  (43) Margaritaville , Ontario | December 20, 2009
Stopped in today with Derweg (Jonas). The place was mostly empty, largely spacious with odd clashing decor. Squared bar is right in the center. Got a pint of the Black Oak Ten Bitter Years which was awesome. Server was very friendly and attentative. The food Jonas ordered was very plentiful for what you pay and tasty. Great selection of stuff, but I can see the place getting super busy and less pleasant than it was today. Definitely has a hardcore bar feel to it, but my experience today was very good and I would easily go again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber  (241) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | July 24, 2012
I really like that place. It has rustic feel to it with bit of funk. They do have solid tap list, good bottle list. Service was always friendly and knowledgeable. The Rhino supports local BJCP program.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg  (38) Toronto, Ontario | January 13, 2013
Tops the value-and-selection criteria for Toronto. Not exactly a beautiful bar and not exactly the most helpful information for ordering a beer (like they won’t list what’s on tap, or have updated bottle lists.). Hellish bathrooms right out of SAW. For all its quirks a huge dive bar worth getting to know and love. Notable - food can vary from great to sometimes borderline ’meh’. Hit or miss to eat there, although very cheap so explore the better menu items or check the specials. Excellent, almost too-big patio with some street exposure. Free parking. Casual as hell and I like it.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Imperial-John  (4) Mississauga, Ontario | April 9, 2008| Updated June 2, 2008
Very Queen Street West feel, all sorts of different people. Been there a few times now and service has been inconsistent between excellent and indifferent. Blown away by such selection in Parkdale westend, almost brought a tear to my eyes. And at reasonable prices, only 2 times retail, as opposed to the 3 times downtown. Unfortunately, many not available. The food was great too!!! The biggest downside, do something about the men’s washroom, wow did it stink of urine, is that where the Rhino goes. Not sure where to deduct the points off for that so will take it from Ambiance. Drive by it everyday on the way home and never realized how good it was. ill be having dinner there many times in the future to avoid rush hour traffic home.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk  (192) Washington D.C., Washington DC | November 18, 2011| Updated June 24, 2013
There is a great list here, even if a lot of the titles aren’t always updated. Servers dont know a lot about beer here and some give attitude avout going into the cellar. The older woman usually knows what’s going on - try to deal with her. Prices are the best thing about this place other than the selection.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere  (459) Ottawa, Ontario | April 12, 2013
An old school tavern on Queen St. West with a bric a brac ambiance but with a certain charm, friendly staff. decent selection of beer, a nice little place out of the beaten path.
mephisto  (53) , Taiwan | August 1, 2007
very nice selection of bottled brew and enough on tap. a large bar with patio, the service is good enough and overall is nice place to have a drink.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 12/20
hopwartz  (32) Toronto, Ontario | June 5, 2010
This place accommodative to many crowds, and it tries to balance them all. Which is why everyone’es experience at the Rhino is different everytime! When I first went here, it was slammed packed! It took us a good 20 minutes to get drinks, but that didn’t really bother us because we bought 3 Southern Tier Pumpkins for $18 dollars! Retarded cheap. The second time wasn’t as good as the first, the server didn’t know much of antyhing... food and beer? I asked her what was on cask and she replied ’ What’s Cask?’ I laughed, and ordered Black Oak’s Ten Bitter Years which eventually shut me up. Overall, this place is cheap, but go in with no expectations.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (570) Toronto, Ontario | August 25, 2008
A nice and large round bar. Bottles from what you missed at the LCBO in other parts of the province, basically. Away to the west of downtown.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | July 7, 2011| Updated July 11, 2012
EDIT - APRIL 2012: Went to The Rhino while waiting for a table at Grand Electric across the street. It took 15 minutes to get a menu and another 15 to receive our drinks. I actually went to cancel the order but she had already poured the beers when I got to the bar. I used to think this place was underrated but I now see it for the shithole that it is. 2011 Review - Visited with Baird and Farmer after the Session 99 Craft Beer Festival. Large open bar and dining area greets you at the door with the patio off to the right. Crowd is diverse in age. We grabbed three pints of Black Oak 10 Bitter Years and I noticed Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA and Great Lakes Lackey’s Cask on tap. Bottle list is massive with stuff from Brooklyn, Thomas Hardy’s, Southern Tier, Les Brasseurs de Gayant, and Rogue, among countless other breweries. Many craft offerings. Service was a bit grisly, but we got our drinks and take out in reasonable time, and the waitresses are quite attractive. The food was surprisingly good - I enjoyed my Thai chicken pizza and the beef nachos were tasty as well (thanks Nick!). Overall, this place is highly underrated IMO, and if the service was slightly better, I would’ve rated it even more favourably. The Rhino has a very respectable tap lineup, a huge bottle menu, solid pub grub, an eclectic crowd, and a fun, welcoming atmosphere. For a so-called "dive bar," you could do ALOT worse.

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