I was sorry to see this place has closed because I really liked it and it was a chance to see an “alternative” area of town. Moreover, Harry (who kindly escorted us round the best bars in Toronto) had his own chair there.
(Visited 6 November 2012).
New rising star, in the Kensington market. Though its concentration is food, Rob has made a firm commitment to Ontario craft beer. Always a cask on, tonight something I never saw before, served at the correct temperature. Eight taps, an the server/bartender was a trained gal from Ireland, no tattoos. everyone working hard, in a funky cozy place with a small bar. The patio, though cozy, will come in handy. The Augusta beer was good and is the base to build their own product line on. A few decent bottles as well. This place will have to expand.The scene was laid back and young couples.
A cool bar on Augusta and College, with a nice terrace in the front (no umbrellas though), a small eating area, and a bar made of one slice of tree. Service is very friendly (and cute), good tap selection (9 taps), nice burger menu, all good. Pleased to discover this place. Excellent flight for 5$ for 4 4 once tastes!
Finally checked this place out on the first sunny day of spring. Small outdoor seating area with communal picnic tables. The interior is quite dark with some 50s-esque paraphernalia on the walls. Really tasty burgers to be had in here. I had the blue cheese burger and my sister had the six cheeseburger - both of which were juicy and awesome. The tap list is pretty solid as well - I got to try the new Augusta Ale from Kensington Brewing which will eventually be housed in the back of the restaurant, but for now is being brewed out at Black Oak brewing. The service was friendly (if oddly slow at times) and the prices, although a bit high, seemed fair given the quality on offer. A solid spot.
Not a huge place it gets cramped with a crowd of beer geeks, both times I have been here has been for a beer event so I’d like to try it again. Selection is not extensive but you should be able to find at least one solid Ontario micro to catch your interest. Had a regular cheese burger on my latest visit which was one of the best, possibly THE best burger I have had. Granted this was in the middle of a pub crawl so I may have just been hungry but I plan to come back and find out! Grilled Cheese my wife had was decent, and the onion rings were pretty tasty too. Well worth a visit. Wierd William Shatner movie on the tv was intringuing!
A good cozy place to get a drink. They do a good job of getting new stuff - most of the beers I had here were more or less new, or at least mostly unrated. Good service, and got pretty busy on a saturday night.
A small restaurant-like bar near College Street. It was really dark inside - the lamps they had just didn’t seem to be emitting much light. The draught list is fairly short, all Canadian beers, but an interesting amalgamation with enough different styles to choose from. Although this place serves beer, it is not a beer destination, and mostly it is all about the burgers. The burgers are pretty awesome - I had the Brunch burger (really really good) and my husband’s Lamb Burger was also excellent. So come here for the burgers and enjoy a craft beer at the same time.
Came here for dinner and drinks with my girlfriend in May 2011. Tiny little spot that resembles something in between a pizzeria and deli. Maybe ten tables with a few seats at the bar. The patio was busy on our visit. I ordered the Brunch Burger (fried egg, bacon, maple syrup) and arugula salad; the lady had a custom Cowpoke and fries. Everything tasted fantastic. Our waitress did her best to please us but she was spread way too thin, so they should put on more staff. Food took a while to arrive and at one point I went to the bar to get my brew. However, the beer selection is very good. I saw St. Ambroise Pale Ale, Railway City Roundhaus Pilsner, and Lake of Bays Rousse on tap, a Great Lakes cask, and a number of quality bottles from Southern Tier, Bruton, Dieu du Ciel, Brooklyn, and various Ontario crafters. No Randall when we came. Prices are extremely fair for Toronto (bordering on cheap), as two burgers, two appetizers, and six drinks came to $60 with tip. Overall, Burger Bar really delivers on the food and beer, and I can see why this place is considered an up-and-comer on the T.O. beer scene.