Smokeless Joe

125 John Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1B5, Canada
(416) 728-4503
Latitude: 43.64824, Longitude: -79.39044

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Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.50 | Atmosphere: 4.50 | Service: 4.50 | Food: 4.00
90.0
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 2 reviews.
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dpaxson2 (74)
Saturday 30th of October 2010 03:27:14 PM
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Smokeless Joe is in the entertainment district of Toronto. It's a small bar in the basement of a building. There are a couple of chalk boards full of beers on tap and when you sit down you get a multi-page book of available beers, listed by country.

The bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers and able to talk through different aspects of the beers I had questions about.

For food I tried some of the mussels, made with different beers on tap. There seemed to be 10-15 different types of mussels which was pretty cool.

The absolute best part of being there was trying the County Durham Brewing beer called Durham Black Katt. It's a milk/sweet stout and probably THE BEST stout I've ever had. It's was truly amazing. Perfect flavor, perfect after taste, just a really really high quality beer. The bartender was able to tell me it was made from a local brewery which pretty much is run by one guy. The bartender said if I come back and see the ESB beer available from County Durham to absolutely try it. He also said that beer sells out so quickly that the brewer has trouble keeping it in stock.

The knowledge of beer, the selection of beer, and offering mussels are the high points of Smokeless Joe.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.0
90.0
Overall

osh (15)
Friday 29th of October 2010 12:27:38 AM
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Amazing, amazing place! The beer selection was fantastic! The wait staff know their beers (as should be expected) and they are friendly and always available to help suggest something that I may not have tried before.

Food: N/A I had dinner previously so didn't try any of the mussels. Though they did smell delectable...

Atmosphere: Feels like I stepped into a small European pub. The place was tiny (really tiny!) and it was loud, even for the limited number of folks there. But I'm told it was the first non-smoking bar in Toronto. And one of the first (if not the first) European Beer Bar in Toronto. I just loved the atmosphere, and the folks there are friendly as well.

Service: Yup. Great! They know their beer!

I highly recommend this place!! If you can find it... I wandered around the area for a while and finally found the number and called them. Don't ask any of the locals either (bouncers or other establishments. This place is too well hidden.)

Look across the street from Hooters and to the left. There's a small awning and they're down a few steps to get into the place. You will not be disappointed!

Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
90.0
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