Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

Otto's Bierhalle

Otto’s Bierhalle is a larger, boozier incarnation of Otto’s Berlin Doner run by the same group of several friends. They came up together in the electronic music industry, and the doner place started as nostalgia for greasy food after nights out in Berlin.

You won’t find any doner on the menu here but don’t be disappointed if you come looking for German food: they’re doing huge BBQ-style platters of schnitzel or ham with piles of pickles, veggies and sauerkraut.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

Some of the owners also own a lighting company, so that aspect of the design is especially breathtaking, huge rods curving in a pattern across the ceiling and illuminating the bar, funky bulbs entangled with vines and metalwork.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

There’s an incredible range of both local and imported beers here, creeping up on a hundred options with 24 taps and up to 50 or 60 bottles.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

The BrewDog Punk IPA ($8) comes from a nerdy experimental Scottish brewery, and it makes a great start, good on its own or with food. It’s fragrant, mildly funky and full-bodied.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

The monstrous Bavaria platter ($55) is found in a section of the menu literally marked “Feasts.” Obviously it’s for sharing, piled with schwienshaxe, weisswurst, potato and beet salad, sauerkraut, brussels sprouts and two mustards.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

The brussels sprouts ($4.50) are a unanimous favourite, sweet, oily and crunchy.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

Order spatz and cheese ($8) as a side, a sort of nod to mac that would normally be a side on a BBQ menu, but made with traditional egg noodles, tied together with crispy shallots.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

The weisswurst sausage is really good, that smooth, tender and juicy thing that a sausage should be, dense without being too heavy.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

Schweinshaxe is basically just German for ham hock, the lower portion of a pig’s leg. The meat is tender and delicious and goes really well with the mustards, and the skin is stretchy, crispy and indulgent.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

You can get your cocktail on at this industrial beer hall too with offerings like the Chunnel Vision ($11) named for its French and English ingredients, an orange bomb made with Cointreau, Grand Marnier, orange bitters, orange zest, and London dry gin.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

Don’t skip dessert after your feast - order their play on black forest cake in the form of a dacquoise ($7) made with luscious chocolate whipped cream and juicy sour cherries.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

It’s a spacious, well-lit breath of fresh air on West Queen West, where the only options are often cramped, dark, and clubby. Lots of big tables including a long communal one in the centre are perfect for giant groups.

If you’ve been to Otto’s Berlin Doner before, you can expect the same bathroom disco experience here at the Bierhalle.

Ottos Bierhalle Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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