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I went to Caffe Volo for the first time last night and was generally pretty pleased with the food but the service left much to be desired. It took half an hour to get a glass of water (I asked three times) and a good 40 minutes to get the bill (we asked twice). So far, the service had just been sub par. As I only ordered a water (my friends all ordered beer, burgers and appetizers), I didn't pay attention to what went on for paying the bill. Apparently, though, the tip wasn't enough as our waiter chased us out onto the street and more or less demanded a larger tip (this was in front of everyone on the patio, by the way). I felt this was generally unprofessional; even if he'd received no tip at all, that's no reason to cause a scene, especially considering his performance that night (another waiter who was not ours did about as much work as he did). It's quite a shame because before then I had been planning on coming back and trying the burger. It's really too bad.
You won't find a craft beer bar more quaint than Bar Volo; it's more like a community of craft beer drinkers. This family-owned establishment first opened its door in 1985, and it has become one of the most well-known, respected craft beer spots in the country. What's on tap and cask rotates, offering local and imported craft beers.
Bar Volo has been voted one of the best pubs in the world by RateBeer. The historic exterior of the building (red brick strung with vines) sets the tone for the classy-meets-casual atmosphere inside. The menu encourages sharing between diners, allowing an “accidental” hand-brush with your date over a charcuterie board. But more importantly, take advantage of the twenty-six rotating regional craft beers and six casks on offer at this midtown bar.
Beer is what barVolo does best, with more varieties than you can imagine. The beer menu has dozens and dozens of choices, making the Beer Store look like a kid’s lemonade stand. Ales are one of the most popular and plentiful choices, but they also have a chalkboard filled with beers on tap. If you’re the least bit thirsty and want a beer that’s a cut above the rest, come here.