Teena and I used to be fans of Smokeless Joe when it was on John Street, north of King. It was a very small pub in a basement with friendly staff and an excellent assortment of beers on tap and in the bottle. They moved this summer to College Street just west of Bathurst and just recently re-opened. We decided that it would be fun to check it out.
I'm glad we did.
They did an excellent job of doing the decor and the place has a warm cozy feeling even though it is larger than the old place. They also have an upper floor but we didn't go to have a look.
The staff is friendly as before. Not just the bartender who served us but all the staff were friendly and fun. There are 19 beers on tap and a good selection of bottled beer which they say they are continually expanding. The staff seemed to really know their beer.
In the old place, they were known for their mussels and oysters and they carried this over to the new place. The oysters were quite popular and kept Rob, our bartender, quite busy shucking them. I came close to ordering a couple myself.
It was a fun night. I'm glad that they have re-opened and that we went. I really wish they were closer to our neighborhood as this would be my regular spot. Although it is a distance away, it is a place worth going out of our way for.
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