MattB wrote:I was in the area yesterday about 4:20, and thought I would try them out. Their door was locked. The guy behind the bar looked at me blankly through the window and then continued talking to others stading at the bar, totally ignoring a potential customer. Their website says they open at 4 p.m. Not a good way to do business, especially for a bar that has only opened recently. I won't be back.
In fairness, they've been hiring new staff - I was also there last night, and there were people there for whom, I'm pretty sure, last night was their first...he may not have had instructions to open the door or something...
I think once you get in, you'll find the service much more pleasant.
i was there last night. we got there at 7:30.
-bar's pretty nice looking. the front's more attractive than the back, but its all good
-24 or so beer on tap. hey, its Ontario, so we're going to see the usual suspects and few surprises. but its nice to see La Trappe on tap somewhere. not a lot of crazy Ontario one-offs, which is a shame.
-bottle list is pretty decent as well
-$1 oyster nights. the oysters were small, but very tasty (very neutral - not overly briny or salty). we went kind of insane and ordered close to 30 for 3 of us.
-the have Colville Bay oysters as well - one of my favourite for size, value and flavour
-things were kind of disorganized. took 15+ minutes to get our oysters. staff was seen literally running to the kitchen. that's something that, as a patron, i never ever want to see
-food's a bit pricey. $15 for a grilled cheese sandwich. i kid not.
-staff means well. they're all nice. but yeah, product knowledge isn't quite there yet.
Barhop's not going to be a destination of choice for us. but for $1 oyster night, hell, i'd hit it again. but i can't see there being a reason for an east ender like me to choose it over some of my other favourite Toronto bars