Bar Volo 2.0

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Bar Volo 2.0

Postby lister » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:10 am

The girlfriend and I stopped in for a pint during our Nuit Blanche romp on Saturday.

The space looks really nice. It's divided into two. The main area with the bar and seating and towards the back on the left additional seating and standing areas plus the washrooms. Similar A-Z taps as before and up to six casks. Beer selection is more broad than the College location. Didn't try any food but there's more food here than at the College location. Service is at the bar which I hate. Especially since people still hang around it after getting their drink. That's irritating as fuck. GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY!

The casks chalk board needs work. It was really hard to read. I wish more bars would go with digital screens. In this case also for the taps listings. Some people should not be writing with chalk (I'll call out the Tequila Bookworm chalk writer too, yes, yes fancy writing that looks cool but it's really hard to read!)

The music really needs to be lowered. It doesn't have to be at library levels but it would be nice to be able to talk to someone without having to raise your voice significantly especially given the type of music typically played.

We will be back on a less busy night. Despite the nitpicky criticisms I'm glad Bar Volo is back. 8)
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Re: Bar Volo 2.0

Postby Gleemer Imports » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:18 pm

arguably the nicest beer bar in the city.
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Re: Bar Volo 2.0

Postby Belgian » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:50 pm

lister wrote:Service is at the bar which I hate. Especially since people still hang around it after getting their drink. That's irritating as fuck. GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY!

^ I like your way of putting things, LOL. And sounds like V2 need a designated bar service area.

lister immediately thereafter wrote:The casks chalk board needs work. It was really hard to read. I wish more bars would go with digital screens. In this case also for the taps listings. Some people should not be writing with chalk (I'll call out the Tequila Bookworm chalk writer too, yes, yes fancy writing that looks cool but it's really hard to read!))

Totally valid 'nitpick' and actually a big one for any bar. The tap list chalk board at Kingston Brewing is abysmal, doesn't show half of what they got, and the bartender refused to tell me what else they had, just gave me the snarky 'what style do you like?' That day I walked out and haven't returned in 4 years.

It's the opposite of advertising if they obscure what the bar is selling. I really think half of going out somewhere is not just the beer but the experience so details matter. (PS: I'll for sure go to KBC again, I would not write off this venerable spot just for a few annoying, contemptuous staff.)
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Re: Bar Volo 2.0

Postby lister » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:37 am

This is a pet peeve of mine. When I ask what the rotating tap selection is I want to know the brewery and either the beer name or the style. Don't ask me what style I like. Don't mumble a couple of brewery names and that's it or "Oh a saison, a sour, ..." The most recent time this happened was at Belfast Love. I had to ask the guy three times for specifics but he kept rattling off the most vaguest things. Fine, you don't know what they are, go find out. Have them written down, read the list if you have to, I don't care. I just want to know what other taps you have that's not explicitly listed.

I understand it's probably annoying to rattle off the list often. Ask management to do something about that, have a board that gets legibly updated often with those tap rotations, preferably digitally.
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Re: Bar Volo 2.0

Postby cratez » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:30 am

Personally, I found my first visit to be very enjoyable. Sitting at the side of the bar, which seems to be the spot if you want to be at the bar, I received excellent service from all of the staff, and Tomasz in particular. As expected the tap list was superb, rivaled only by Birreria. Got to try Hair of the Dog Adam, Oxbow Venacular, and Sawdust City Numerals, and left a happy camper as a result. Also tried the Bruschetta and Salsiccia plates, both of which were delicious. The music was loud but still allowed for conversation, and I had no trouble reading the tap list from the bar. They also have an extensive wine list (my wife will like that). Overall it was a great experience, and I'll definitely be back. Nice to see Bar Volo leading the way again.
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