Beer Bistro (Toronto)

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Yup – when the Beer Bistro has their “Christmas Beer” menu out, it REALLY feels like the holidays!

I was there on Wednesday for a quick bite to eat with good friends (Hi Lynne!) and was SO excited to see the special beer list. I remember drinking “Bière de Noël” in a café on the Place de la Sorbonne the first time I was in Paris (in 1991 *cough cough*), and it’s a tradition that I think more countries should embrace.

To start with, I had this:

I have very fond memories* of a trip to Bruges (Belgium) with my best friend Liz (hi!) in about 1997 where we drank our way through the list of a cute little bar and ate a lot of cheese and – miracle of miracles – didn’t even feel hungover the next day. Those monks know what they are doing, I tell you. I still have an empty bottle of Delerium Tremens lurking about somewhere in the basement – the flying elephants are soooo cute. The other night, the Delerium Noël came in a pretty glass… (that I really wanted also…)

With this highly amusing warning:

Thanks for that.


Since it only came in a tiny bottle (33cl), I followed it up with this:

Another “extra strong beer” which was much darker than I normally would order but it had notes of liquorice which I absolutely LOVED. Even Lynne, my non-beer drinking friend, thought it was delicious.

And what’s a couple of bières without some frites?

These were VERY good fries with a barbecuey sauce and lovely thick eggy mayo. Mmmm! (there was also other real food – mussels and a beautiful curry – but the pics I took would not do it justice). I like the Beer Bistro both for a quick bite to eat or a drink at the bar. Having lived in Belgium, I really appreciate seeing some of my old favourites on the menu and they have a huge selection from all around the globe too. Definitely worth checking out in the summer again when I know how to use my DSLR and the light is better!

* Don’t you love how some of my fondest memories are about beer? 😉

18 King Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
(416) 861-9872

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1 thought on “Beer Bistro (Toronto)”

  1. Here are the 7 comments that did not import from Blogger:

    high low said…
    Loved going to Beer Bistro over the summer and I just know Jeff will be so excited that we’ll be in Toronto just in time for their Christmas beer menu!
    December 18, 2009 2:26 PM

    Simply Life said…
    oh this looks like a great place to go!!!
    December 18, 2009 3:23 PM

    Lynne said…
    The Beer Bistro was a great suggestion Mardi….we really enjoyed it. Looking forward to all your blogs and pictures from Paris. Hope you both have a great holiday.
    December 18, 2009 4:08 PM

    5 Star Foodie said…
    I would love to visit this Beer Bistro and have some of that “extra strong beer”!
    December 18, 2009 4:44 PM

    Conor @ HoldtheBeef said…
    Ooh “extra strong beer”, they need to have one of those labels on La Fin du Monde (which I happen to have chilling in the fridge, oh yes I do). It is 100% beer drinking weather here now, woo!
    December 19, 2009 3:15 AM

    Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said…
    High Low I hope Jeff enjoys the Xmas beers!

    Lynne – glad you could make it!

    Simply Life – it’s definitely one of my faves, yes!

    5 Star – You would love all the different flavours you find in some of these beers

Conor – that’s my girl!
    December 19, 2009 11:53 PM

    Cathy said…
    So you didn’t try the bah humbug then???? Only a British beer could be SOOOOO ironic!
    December 20, 2009 5:54 AM


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