eBar at The Bookshelf

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eBar at The Bookshelf is a fun destination for dinner and a movie! Located on the second floor of a bookstore that shows movies, you'll find a cinema that serves dinner and a bar that launches books. Come upstairs to enjoy a glass of wine, one of our rotating craft beers, or our designer cocktails.

Special events are held at the venue such as live entertainment, art exhibitions and dance nights. Be sure to consult the events calendar on our website for details
What 28 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.1
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3.7
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4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Always a great time at the eBar

OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great inclusive atmosphere, pleasant staff who are very accommodating. Athena McQueen is an amazing local artist, Rupaul’s Drag Race wouldn’t be the same without her insanely specific trivia

JT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Service was slow and the room was cold. Food was good and the staff friendly.

BB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Our food was great. It ended up being more expensive than I thought. There are no real deals to be had. I booked it online and couldn’t see the movie and dinner deal or menu.

C
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food we ordered was so good. All of us loved our meal and are making a date for another visit.

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

eBar is a phenomenal location in Guelph to feel community and experience a wonderful evening out. Their social events are entertaining and unique within the city. There is a strong desire to create an accessible and inclusive space for everyone. The enthusiasm and energy of the staff is delightful. They make a concerted effort to get to know the customers, treat them well, and also don't put up with any nonsense. This is a great space to come and have a relaxed night, or an energetic dance celebration. You can make the choice and the space allows both of those nights to happen at the same time. A must visit place with a superb staff and atmosphere.

E
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

We booked a table to have dinner before the Burlesque show only to find that the only thing on the menu was Jerk chicken. Now don't get me wrong I like jerk chicken and it was very good but we had hoped for a bigger more choice menu.

S
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We loved the food, but the curries we ordered were a little "hotter" than "mild" which we had been told would be the case. Much, much better menu.

BS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Wasn’t aware the menu has changed and just not a fan of the new limited menu options all with a Caribbean flare. Preferred the old menu likely under different ownership. I’m sure others would love it, just wasn’t for me.

HS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Those chicken wings with the jerk sauce are fantastic! Kudos and much thanks to the cook!

JH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

We were disappointed particularly with the meal. The meats were over cooked and dry.

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is always a great time at eBar! The staff are incredibly friendly, the atmosphere is perfect for a social gathering, and it feels like one of the safest spaces to be queer in Guelph. So grateful for all the work eBar does to offer this kind of space, entertainment, and environment.

B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing for just about any reason....great music, close to everything downtown. Great spot!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rupaul’s Drag Race Holiday viewing Party hosted by the lovely Athena McQueen was a great and casual night out with a group of friends. We enjoyed a spinach and feta pizza with a few drinks. The bartender Jess always provides the best service even in busy situations. I love their drink menu made with exclusive drinks for the events and festivities. I’ll be back for more viewing parties and for Fierce, the monthly queer dance.🙌🏽🎉

B
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Dinner with friends before the show in the eBar

BF
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was a great evening for dinner and a movie with friends.

RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We had phoned to make a reservation but only got voicemail. I left a message with my phone number and time and date of reservation requested. I also made a reservation through Open Table. When we arrived we found it to be closed but with no information. Thankfully Mijiilda Bistro next door was open and took good care of us. Just go there!

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My friend got stuck in Toronto traffic and was really late for our dinner reservation. The ebar manager was very kind about it and then rushed our order when she got there so we could make the Bookshelf cinema movie. It was much appreciated.

AO
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I was in Guelph for a training event and wanted to make sure I was experiencing the best of the local scene. I found The Book Shelf on Trip Advisor, and it seemed like a good way to support a unique, locally owned business. I didn't realize that the eBar and the actual book store and on different floors, and not even really related (in terms of your experience) unless you go downstairs to browse the store before you eat. I didn't have time for that, since I made a 7:30 reservation and the show started at 8:30. Also, being a Tuesday in the summer, it was fairly empty. That being said, when all of the students come back to town in September, I am sure that place is always buzzing.

The bartender/server was a very nice young man who made me feel less awkward about being by myself, and was good with beer recommendations. The atmosphere was cool, with a stage at the front, long bar/seating area, a pool table, and then a small patio outside, overlooking the larger patio of Mijiidaa (the restaurant downstairs, beside the entrance for The Book Shelf). Because of that, I enjoyed some (probably creepy?) people watching, lol. There is also another dining area inside, before the entrance to the movie theatre. I'm not sure if this part counts as my experience at "eBar" but the movie theatre was very cute and brought me back to the days before huge Cineplexes. The crowd was very mixed, and even though the restaurant was quiet, the theatre was filled. That was okay because you can order your movie ticket and reserve your seat when you're eating at eBar - so I got to go set my reservation card in the seat I wanted before people started filing in.

All in all a great experience I am glad to have had during my time in Guelph.

GF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server was helpful and very personable. We enjoyed our dinners very much. Thank you!

B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

we had a giftcard, sorry to find it restricted us to the upstairs. Next time we would use the gift card for movies only

SW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

We really like to come for dinner & a movie as it is a relaxed atmosphere. We can have an alcohol beverage because it will be 2 1/2 hours before you will leave to drive home. We prefer to have dinner in advance of the film and we get first choice at picking our seat 1/2 hour before the movie starts. Although the screen is not as large as the cinema, the audio presentation is also not as loud (I like that). I am a senior and enjoy the reduced senior movie rate that is offered by combining dinner with the movie. The menu is small and the food is very fresh & tasty. Portion sizes are appropriate and I feel comfortably satiated at the end of my meal. There is something for every one.

PR
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We never got to eat as we were booked a table during a time when dinner wasn't being served

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drinks are amazing
All the bartenders are wonderful
Favourite bar in Guelph

JW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food at good value. First time there. Would definitely go again

SW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

If we are planning to see the movie, we always books dinner at the bookshelf. Dinner & Movie offers discounted movie tickets, seat reservations, very good food, quiet environment and a nice menu. I recommend the salmon. The salads are scrumptious. The menu fits my low carb diet.

SH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great. Especially loved the Arctic char and smoked fried pickles. Service was great. Also great to have our seats saved for cinema. Glitch on Open table reservation that they did not have our reservation. It all worked out though :)

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The eBar was surprisingly very good. The staff were very friendly and made us feel comfortable. The food was outstanding. the price for cocktails and dinner was very reasonable.