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Smokeless Joe

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 17, 2011 / review policy

Smokeless Joe TorontoSmokeless Joe has moved to College Street. No longer compact in size, Smokeless Joe boasts over 200 different bottles and a dozen beers on tap that are constantly changing. Their beer list chalkboard isn't a style choice, it's a necessity.

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colin gross / June 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm
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you have the wrong phone number listed here. It's 416-728-4503.
Matt Zukowski / July 18, 2009 at 03:17 pm
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Unfortunate location, but this is a great place, especially in late fall and winter when walking down into the cozy underground pub feels like an escape into a warmer, better world -- a world well stocked with triple-fermeted trappist beers.
AnnieD / July 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm
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This is one of absolute favourite places to go - they always have a fantastic selection, and the staff is great!
Jo Magpie / December 23, 2009 at 03:46 pm
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Over-priced. Im sure if you look up the beers they serve on LCBO's site, you can find it somewhere...for half the price.
Bacchus / February 18, 2010 at 06:14 pm
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Jo you're an idiot. Any place you go to will have the beer or booze more expensive than the LCBO. Just like you'll never buy a coke for more than you could buy it in the grocery when you visit a bar
Anti-bacchus / April 10, 2010 at 03:44 pm
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Bacchus you are the IDIOT and BATTIMAN lover...you are full of shit...
lizlee / July 20, 2010 at 10:17 am
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Great place!! I love the beer selection and the mussels are fantastic. It's a super cozy joint and the vibe is totally laid-back. Great place to go with great friends.
Erin / August 8, 2011 at 05:22 pm
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I love this place to bits. The beer list is fantastic, the muscles are deee-licious and the wait staff are knowledgable about both.

The patio is fantastic on a summer's evening as you get to judge all the Club District people going by. ;)
Colin Gross replying to a comment from colin gross / February 18, 2012 at 05:12 pm
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The phone number has changed again.
New number is 416-966-5050.
Colin.
Marlo / September 5, 2012 at 06:58 pm
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I feel that maybe most of the comments here are talking about the old smokeless joes on John...now that was a classy joint. The new place just seems sanitized and expensive without any uniqueness or character that the old place had. Too bad, the John location was rose in a weedpatch.
Jon replying to a comment from Marlo / October 3, 2012 at 03:44 pm
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It is too bad, but from what I remember them telling me was that they didn't move by choice. I thought I remember them having their rent increased or being kicked out by the owner of the building. In any case, you're right, the old place was better though I won't complain too much because they are now closer to where I live.
Beer Guy / December 1, 2012 at 02:52 pm
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In the past year ownership has single-handedly destroyed one of the cities original and iconic beer bars. Gone are the loyal staff members that made Joe's such an inviting place to be...they've all been driven away by sheer embarrassment or frustration. Draught taps no longer rotate, or to clarify, only rotate when Joe's account has been cut off by a beer company for failure to pay. Oh, and there's only about 8 selections of 20-someodd available taps. And the once-famous bottle list? That's a joke. Last time I checked he had a few off the shelf selections from the LCBO across the street.

I've never in my life witnesses the wholesale destruction of something that worked so perfectly well. Why?! Truly a loss to Toronto's beer scene.
Old Joe Fan / December 31, 2012 at 12:34 am
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I went to the new Smokeless Joe's a few weeks ago, and while the food was good the atmosphere was not what I remembered of the old place. I hadn't been to the old place in a very long time, but remember the original Joe fondly. He would always be in overalls and great us at the door by name. The jazz was playing loud and he would chat away with us while giving us free samples of beer.
I was told at the new place that Joe was there that night, the waitress pointed him out to me and I said it wasn't the original Joe. She assured me it was, but it wasn't.
I knew it wasn't for a few reasons...but mainly because as we were leaving...he was outside...smoking.
The original Joe hated smoke...and lived above the bar...hence Smokeless Joe's.
Sad I didn't go there more when he was still around.
Beer Lady replying to a comment from Beer Guy / February 8, 2013 at 10:34 am
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AMEN, BROTHER
Smokeless Joe Fan / February 21, 2013 at 09:43 pm
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Dear "Old Joe Fan",
The man you knew as the "original Joe" was the original owner of smokeless joe's, but is not joe. The original owner sold the bar over 12 years ago to a gentleman named Joe. Ironic as the original owner was not named Joe.
The 'new' Joe typically still walks around and speaks to customers, gets to know the regulars, and yes - talks and samples beer.
Just thought you needed to know.
Andrew / December 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm
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I'm disappointed to see that Smokeless Joe's has closed.

I randomly stopped in one night last fall and had a great conversation with the bartenders about beer. I went back a couple times and it seemed like a pretty chill place.

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