Very commercial with so many macro taps hard to take seriously. Location is also standard hyped up but very pedestrian modern pub. Saving grace was a good bartender who steered me to the right selections. Didn’t eat. If you are close and thirsty stop in, or else there are much better places.
Lots and lots of taps, but not a huge great selection of craft beer. Prices are ridiculous (not in the good way), and I don’t get how they price their beers (some pretty poor beers are rated four stars). We knew the people there when we visited, and this is the place that got me in to craft beer (via Delirium Tremens). It’s a fancy place, but not a craft beer drinking place.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | October 20, 2010| Updated October 22, 2010
I came here with my girlfriend and parents for dinner and drinks in May of this year. At first we couldn’t find the entrance so we snuck in through the patio door, which we then realized was the front entrance. Weird set-up.
Atmosphere wants to be upscale yuppy but falls short, with mostly young couples eating dinner and large groups of drunks getting hammered in the dining section of the restaurant. At around 8pm, loud music was blaring from the speakers and we all had to yell at each other even though we were sitting close together. Two people fell on the floor while we were eating and the place seems to get ’clubbish’ in the evening. Not my type of hangout.
The obvious strength of this bar is the absolutely gargantuan tap list, which the owners claim is the largest in Canada. I went with the Church Key Black IPA and Paulaner Original Munchner. However, I had to get both of the beers myself because our waitress didn’t know anything about beer. When I ordered the Paulaner, she said they didn’t sell it. I then went to the bar to ask for it and sure enough the bartender poured me a pint. To avoid being told they were out of the Church Key, I did the same thing for my second pint. So the beer selection is good if you can access it. If not, I guess you’ll have to settle for a pint of Bud.
Food is above average, maybe slightly better than what you’d get at Boston Pizza or Montana’s. I ordered the Bourbon Street Jambalaya and it tasted fine, no complaints on that front. Seems like you’re in the clear if you’re a meat eater, as there are no vegetarian entrees, but my girlfriend and parents weren’t overly impressed with their pizzas and salads.
Overall, we were pretty underwhelmed with our experience here but there’s no denying that the tap list is monstrous and worthy of respect. Also, I’m told that it’s not as loud in the daytime, so visiting in the afternoon or before the late dinner rush is probably advisable. West 50 is worth checking out if you happen to be in Mississauga or the west end of Toronto (we were staying overnight at the airport), but if you have the time and interest, you’re better off heading to the top-notch bars further east.
Was pleasantly surprised to se over 100 taps there. Tried the calamari appetizer (was ok). Server was super attentive and friendly.
RC8 (18) Toronto, Ontario | December 3, 2009| Updated February 15, 2011
The manager was a complete idiot. Thick as a rock. I regularly visit the likes of Beer Bistro and Volo with my friends and they never ask me to show an ID. I’m 20. Last night they asked me for one and I showed them it - then they went after my friend (same age) who had forgotten his. Not only did they not serve him, but they ’kicked’ him out of the place. They were as rude and unpolite as possible. The manager and the waitress and everyone else was clueless about beer. Small town mentality. After I went on a rant against the manager, he followed me a good few metres OUTSIDE the door of the establishment, at which point I had to ask him to keep his distance.
Prices are acceptable and selection is decent (not great). But the people who run the place are nausea-inducing.
Visited on late on a Saturday afternoon in October 2007. Very open sports-pub feel, lots of big windows and modern seats and a long, long bar with taps the length of it. Boneless buffalo chicken wings were quite tasty. Beer selection is numerous and interesting to any palate my first 10W30 experience, which always catches my eye (thanks to memories of Crappy Tire). Overall, seems a great place for a party.
Visited just after they opened for the day on a Saturday afternoon and it was fairly quiet then. Shared an appetizer of Buffalo Chicken which was tasty but pretty basic fare. They had an Octoberfest menu available which looked like it was probably pretty solid. Tap list is impressive. Pint of Church Key West Coast seemed to be in good shape. The waitress brought us out little sampling notes which did not particularly interest me but it is a neat touch for people trying new things. Service was friendly and seemed reasonably knowledgeable.
They had Hacker Pschorr Original Octoberfest/Marzen on the menu, but they either brought me the Edelhell by mistake, twice, or they are pouring the rarer but far less interesting HP Octoberfest Lager despite the menu clearly describing the Marzen. Atmosphere is cozy yet swanky, lots of tvs showing sports was nice but a bit overbearing at the same time. Would go back, but would not make a special trip for it. Definitely the best beer selection in Mississauga, but most of those are easily available elsewhere, including the LCBO.
The food was middle of the road, a little overpriced, but ok, however I didnt go for the food. The service was good, albiet the servers could be more knowledgable (a la Bier Markt) the speed and quality of service was 100%. I think they have somethign over 100 beers on tap, nothing really rare, but definately some that you cant try on tap anywhere else. The prices are decent. I talked to the manager and he seemed like a real beer lover to me, so the bar should be going in a good direction, they seem to add a couple new beers a month. The place has a euro/modern feel to it, which is a bit pretentious, and doesnt really seem like it would appeal to the same crowd as the beer selection, but the girls I was with liked the atmosphere, and I liked the beer, so it works for me.