The Town Crier/Halfway Beer House

Taps: 50 | Bottles: 55
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
samzim  (70) Ontario | November 23, 2013
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
crazy_cat_lady  (21) , | July 6, 2017
This place is notorious for not having a lot of the beers they list in their beer book. If you go here and order off the bottle list, be sure to have at least one backup beer selected since it’s very likely they won’t have what you want. There’s been a few times where we went through 4 beers before finding something they actually had! We were ordering bottles we hadn’t seen elsewhere in Toronto, but this still very frustrating, especially because the servers don’t seem to know what they have available, so turnaround time between ordering and being told they don’t have it makes for a long ordering process. Food is good, especially the German dishes, but the service is quite slow. There are better places to go that aren’t far from here.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers  (27) Toronto, Ontario | October 28, 2015
Good location and nice selection of Euro/Belgian beers. A bit lacking in the local selections and you know the neighborhood isn’t cheap, but it has lots of wood inside and is near the theater. Pretty good place.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Ferris  (1414) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 14, 2015
Nice large patio up front with a dark comfy European style pub behind it. A hue European selection of beer. Likely nor muxh you haven’t tried, but all on draft which is rare. A nice treat if you are in the mood. Service was good and of course everything in standard European glassware. Prices are a tad high but on par for what you would expect from a place like this.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Sammy  (694) Toronto, Ontario | June 29, 2015
Some serviceable european beers. European physical setup. Nothing Interesting for me to dtink.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs  (543) Toronto, Ontario | December 28, 2014| Updated June 17, 2016
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 decor 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.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
Radek Kliber  (314) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | November 4, 2013| Updated January 4, 2016
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. Update - went over last week. tried to get Westy, out..tried to get 6 more beers from list - out ....every single thing I asked they were out. They don’t bother updating their website, or beer list. Beer tourists might be going there just to be disapointed. Do not bother going there.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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