CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby midlife crisis » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:15 am

I walk by it almost every day. Still looks like there is a fair bit of work to do. I could see evidence of tap handles this morning though, so they must be getting there!
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby TwoPint » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:44 pm

Their twitter says that they "officially open this Wednesday, December 6".
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby midlife crisis » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:41 pm

There may be a soft opening before that too, not sure. There have been private events in there this week. Looks like it's all set to go.
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby TwoPint » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:29 am

The menus are up. 14-ounce pours with the cheapest being $6.75.
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby Cask » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:06 pm

Including $6.75 for 14 oz of Bud Light. Bring it on!
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby cratez » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:52 am

I've had good experiences at the Edmonton and Ottawa CRAFTs, and the T.O. location is very convenient for me, so I plan to visit soon. Disappointed to see them offering macros, but the rest of the tap lineup looks promising.
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby lister » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:02 am

I went last night. Very busy for a Monday night! Supposedly a 40 minute wait for a table at about 6:40pm. Bar seating, if you could find it (I did), was right away.

Someone stopped me as I was walking around the bar to some empty seats. He noticed my Redline t-shirt and asked if I worked for them. "Nope. Just a fan." Turns out he was the manager of the bar. Very friendly and enthusiastic about bringing good beer in. I recommended Redline's Leather Interior.

I don't necessarily mind a bar going the Loose Moose route of having some macros on tap if half or more (more in this case) of the taps are craft. They have a few beers I've never seen elsewhere yet. Their collaboration brew with Wellington, Banana Split stout, needed more banana and was dominated by the typical roasty chocolate etc characteristics of stouts. That gave me an idea to make a banana white stout sometime.

The Granville Island Lions Winter Ale came out yellow instead of it's usual dark brown colour. The bartender assured me the keg was correct and double checked it. Must have been mislabelled at the brewery. I drank it regardless though I have no idea what the beer was.

Food was okay. Not outstanding, not crappy. Given the location, prices are what they are.

Bar service was friendly.

My one criticism is the music level. It's loud. A notch or two lower would be better. I understand, though still don't support, having things loud on Friday and Saturday, but on a Monday?

I'll be back.
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby JerCraigs » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:31 am

I tried going in for a quick drink last Friday night after work. There was a ten person deep line up to TALK to the person about maybe getting a seat. I didn't stick around. In fairness i tried Batch and 3 Brasseurs on the way to my movie with similar results. I guess I should have known better for a Friday night before Christmas! Will try to visit again at some point.
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby Gedge » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:21 am

Reviving an old thread.

Craft has become our go to place downtown when we are taking in a show, especially if we have our 7-year old daughter with us. Food is always decent or better. Beer selection is extensive with more than enough, ahem, craft offerings. Service is consistently good. Kids menu is a major bonus (all items $8). Daughter loves the place and always asks if we can go when we are downtown.

One thing they could improve is having better visibility on their rotating taps. You have to ask the server. Not sure why they don't have it up on the big chalkboard at the back on the main floor.

Not a drop-in place at lunch during the week or after work lets out. You need to make a reservation which can be done online easily. Weekend afternoons you can usually just walk in.

Definitely prefer this place to the other office crowd pubs downtown (3 Brewers, King Taps).
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby Tapsucker » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:27 pm

I agree except for one big issue, which is the noise level. It's bad enough the tunes are often cranked, but then they have all those screens with adult age children being paid to play children's games on them and the moronic announcers blithering away, sometime two or three different games at he same time cranking out inanities. It's seems to be the corporate policy to be a bro bar, because I've seen the exact same thing in their Western Canada locations.
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby BeerIsGood » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:57 pm

I was there for a while at about 1:00PM Saturday and it was virtually packed on the lower level. Conversely, Beer Bistro was virtually empty when I walked by five minutes earlier, so I think some damage is being done. Craft Beer Market is a loud place, not just from the music. Voices seem to resonate in that space. Anyway, I enjoyed the experience.
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Re: CRAFT Beer Market - Toronto

Postby mgmoney » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:28 pm

It’s very loud in there when it’s busy, food was ok...service was not the best for a party of 8...they add the gratuity but the service got worse...beer selection was great for Toronto macro drinkers in my party were happy as was I with the craft.. good addition to the scene
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