The Town Crier/Halfway Beer House | Toronto, Ontario
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The Town Crier/Halfway Beer House
Good based on 8 ratings
Type: Restaurant

113 John Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5V2E2 [ print map ]
416 204 9588

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The Town Crier/Halfway Beer House

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Beer Available At The Town Crier/Halfway Beer House (arranged by most recent)
Viven Imperial IPA 98, Alvinne Sigma 81, Grimbergen Double Ale , Westvleteren Extra 8 100, Grimbergen Cuvée Ambrée / Double (Dubbel) 83, Fuller’s Black Cab Stout (Cask) 81
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8 reviews for The Town Crier/Halfway Beer House
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  71%
 Selection  73%
 Food  66%
 Value  69%
 Overall  68%
 Rating  74%

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
samzim  (56) Ontario | November 23, 2013
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs  (330) Toronto, Ontario | December 28, 2014
2014-12-26. Walked in before an afternoon movie on Boxing Day and it was pretty empty. Cozy, I like all the dark wood and leather decore but it has the potential to be VERY busy and loud on a weekend night. Servers were friendly and moderately knowledgable. Tap list has a lot of German beers on which is unusual for Toronto. I was surprised to find a bunch of European imports in the bottle list that I was not aware of being available in Toronto, but the waitress warned us that only about 50% of it is available at any given moment. Our first two choices were available though so that worked out. It’s not bad, especially if you are in the neighbourhood but serious beer hunters should be heading to Bar Hop around the corner.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 9/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | October 4, 2014| Updated October 5, 2014
One of the only Toronto “beer” bars that sucks even more than Sin & Redemption is its sister bar, The Town Crier. Much like S&R, most of the people who frequent this place aren’t overly interested in good beer. They come here because the Crier serves some European beers and doesn’t serve Molbatts, and so in their minds this place constitutes a “good” beer bar. But be warned – nobody actually sits at the bar. Instead, the vast majority of patrons come in large groups and sit at tables, and if you try to sit at the bar you will very likely be treated as a bother by the servers. Amazingly, though, the smarmy crowd, bad service, and bizarre setup aren’t the worst things about this place: that honour goes to the Crier’s make-believe beer list, which advertises a dizzying array of beers that the bar doesn’t have. For example, the last time I came here I ordered an Ommegang Abbey Ale in bottle and was served a Hennepin on tap. When I mentioned the mistake to the server, she said she didn’t hear me correctly but never offered to rectify the situation. That was the last straw for me: I went down the street to Bar Hop and haven’t been back to the Crier since. Don’t waste your time here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber  (245) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | November 4, 2013
On side street of midtown. Tap list is very euro centric. Good selection of Belgian ales. Service was more than friendly. Food was good. Bottle selection was nice. Westy 12 was offered at 22$ plus tax. Underrated spot.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
PatIrish  (13) Toronto, Ontario | December 21, 2011
My experience at the Town Crier, was underwhelming. From the service to the ambiance, it just never really did it for me. The tap selection was a bit of a let down as well.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino  (50) Toronto, Ontario | September 28, 2011
Good selection of beer. Most European selections are served in smaller 250-330ml sizes, at quite reasonable prices.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer  (79) Sturgeon Falls, Ontario | August 23, 2011
Very very nice decor, very upscale looking, i’ve been here before whe it was called The Fat Belgian. Pretty impressive list of taps. Some nice german hefes and lagers yiu wont fnd very often. Service was great and friendly and knowledgale. The food is decent, but nothjng to write home about. I would go back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee  (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 31, 2011
Just south of where the old Smokeless Joe’s used to be (not sure when that place closed up) and has a similar layout. A small footprint inside (although with an upstairs dining area in addition to the downstairs pub, they’ve done a good job of not having the space too cramped, but is still somewhat cozy. Slightly upscale decor with lots of dark wood and red leather everywhere. The patio here is jumping most of the summer so you may have to wait if you’re planning to drink out there. There are a lot of taps - pretty much everything from Belgium or Germany (although it’s standard fare for Ontario - they certainly aren’t bringing their own brands in). Everything comes in the appropriate glass which is actually pretty nice to see. It’s not a beer geek place, but it has a solid selection and the prices are fair by Toronto standards.

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