Casual Alio perfect for lounging - Metro US

Casual Alio perfect for lounging

chris atchison/metro toronto

The crowd at Alio is generally younger with a mix of older regulars.


108 Dundas St. W.



Ambience: It isn’t that often that you find a place worth visiting for dinner and then staying for drinks afterwards. Usually that sort of evening is reserved for venues such as Ultra or any of the posh supper clubs on King West, but Alio — although far more casual — fits the bill nicely. The non-descript façade hides a decor that is “elegant early Nordic” (their description), but which could probably best be described as dinner-and-lounging-friendly. Some venture here for the pasta and pizza, others just for drinks and a game of pool or two. Either way, Alio offers a fun alternative for couples or groups looking for a chilled-out place to relax and enjoy a few beers.

Crowd: Expect to find a lot of students who make Alio their home away from home during the early evening. The crowd is generally younger with a mix of older neighbourhood regulars who come here more for the food and atmosphere rather than to pre-drink before hitting a club.

Dress code: Very casual, but there are those who might make Alio a pit stop on their way to another venue. Don’t be surprised to find club kids dressed in their nightlife finest while you swig another pint in jeans and a T-shirt.

Should I dance on the bar?: No, but you might get away with the pool table (just leave your shoes on the floor!).

Will I get lucky?: There is a chance. A sizeable student clientele also means plenty of single patrons. Just don’t build up your expectations.

Best accessory: Plenty of change — the jukebox is yours to command!!

Cocktail du jour: Alio features a fairly extensive wine list by the bottle, more limited by the glass, as well as a nice selection of imports and microbrews on tap. Others might opt for a martini or cocktail, but most are here for the beer and wine. Ask for your brew in one of their massive mugs.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Monday to Wednesday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday and Friday; 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday; closed Sunday.


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