Pull your socks up, Beerbistro, there are dozens of less snobby pubs within walking distance.
I’ve been to the Beerbistro at least four times since I started this blog. I took notes most visits, but I just kept going to better pubs in the meantime and I would slipped my review of Beerbistro to the bottom of my pub review notes. I recently decided that it was now or never as I hoped that my earlier meh experiences were just coincidences. The Beerbistro is loud, despite being carpeted, probably due to its high ceiling, and the pub is divided into two areas with a large bar and related seating in one part and a more formal restaurant feel in the other. The crowd is business people, understandably.
On my most recent visit to the Beerbistro, I told the greeter that I was meeting two people for dinner. After a while, I decided to check my telephone as my companions hadn’t arrived and discovered they had been turned away as they had been told that they would not be seated for at least an hour! I could see several empty tables near me and I couldn’t see reserved signs on them. I bolted down my second drink and ran across the street to the Office Pub, which was quieter and less pretentious and found my companions there.
Number of visits by yours truly: four and no more, most recently on a weekday evening in April 2017
TTC information: just a minute’s walk east from King Station
Booze selection: just shy of 100 beers on menu, including one cider, which is a rotating tap. They have a tasting flight (no Pimm’s)
Food selection: swanky with beer pairing suggestions
Service staff: on my second last visit about a year ago, we were rushed out as it was crowded and we were not encouraged to spend the evening drinking, in fact an empty glass sat on our table for a lot longer than usual and was ignored by our waitress, then see above for missed dinner with friends
Toilets: needed cleaning
Patio: on the west side, but very dark as between tall buildings
Wheelchair accessible: not really, hallway to toilets crowded and too many high-top tables for those who might not be able to sit at them
Televisions: three over the bar showing sports
Live music: doubt it
Piped-in music: Lenny Kravitz
Rating: three pints (out of five)