This is where you go for your taste buds. Great beer selection with belgians and rare beers on tap. The beer menu like the cheese and wine menu is broken down by adjectives if you know what sort of taste you want and/or are lazy and donít want to comb or read the menu. The cheese and food are excellent. The only downfall is that it can be sort of pricey. I have been on weekend nights with parties ranging from 2 to 5 with little to no wait for a table. The atmosphere makes it a good place to take your yuppie friends, but not your punk rocker or hippster friends. Oh yeah and the service is always very good.
Some great beer here, a small but well-curated list with a nice high-end, and bartender really knew her beer, but I hate hate hate the kind of customers there when I visited - the "young professional" with more money than brains, trendy date types, and the deathly-still middle-aged wine bar crowd that wouldnít be caught dead in a neighborhood dive. Granted, only a single visit from me, but a strong impression; maybe itís better for lunch? Have to admit, the food menu looks very inviting.
Two places Iíd rather visit on this part of Spruce, Greenstreet two blocks east for coffee and Mercato just to the west for Italian.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 17, 2015| Updated January 18, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014.
What I had: Bottle of Vanderghinste Oud Bruin and a draft pint of Sly Fox Oktoberfest Lager for me, two glasses of 2013 Decibel Sauvignon Blanc for my fiancť, some waters.
What I liked: Had no trouble finding seats at the bar on a weekday night and we enjoyed our drinks.
What I disliked: Snooty, mostly middle-aged crowd on our visit; tap lineup was very pedestrian; the Vanderghinste was the only bottle that caught my attention (hence why we left after two); bartender seemed disengaged and we had to wait a while for drinks; just a mediocre experience all around.
Would I go back? Considering this was the worst bar that we visited on our trip (including the D.C. spots), probably not.
Overall Rating: 60
Stopped for a drink and an appetizer on a Thursday afternoon. They had a decent selection of craft beer on tap with a few interesting bottles. Prices were just a tad high but still reasonable. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed, they have a small patio. The food was delicious. I wouldnít call this place a beer place first, but itís definitely a nice beer-wine-food compromise, probably one of the best. Worth it.
I really prefer this location, bigger place with high ceilings. Spacoius curved bar with up stairs. Menu is great for snacks and sandwiches. I hade the sliced meats and an Italian hard cheese. Awesome. A bit pricey but worth it. Beer selection is not deep but all good stuff.
This was a nice little suprise next door to our hotel. They are mainly a wine bar but their beer selection is well thought out.The service was top notch. I stopped here twice and both times were great. We did a take out and they didnt have plasticware but let us have the flatware.The place is small and quaint, a place I can see myself hanging out at.
Lovely place! If I lived here I would be here often. We stayed at the hotel across the street and ordered here twice.
They were ALWAYS packed.
The food tends to be more Tapas style, smaller portions, which we loved.
Had the smoked chicken salad, a tuna salad sandwich, and the dried meat tray. ALL were excellent. The service was spectacular, the food fantastic, and the beer list was awesome..Nothing I didnt like here.
Went here during Philly Beer Week 2011 so this review is may be biased but I loved the shit out this place. went here once at night and shared a supplication and came back the next day when they had hill farmstead on tap. Amazing food, very moderately priced for the quality, very sexy and attractive ladies who actually know their shit with regards to beer, wine and cheese. Iím a fan, Iíd be a regular if I lived in Philly. Itís a little busy, but you lose yourself in the delicious beverages and edibles.
Just like the other tria... Small bar with 20+ tables. Kind of feels like the classic first date place. Usualy a good draft list with some good west coast or semi-rare stuff on. Bottle list is good as well. Food menu is small, just sandwhiches and apps but pretty tasty. Well worth the stop. (good wine list as well)