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A new clubhouse on Queen East from the owners of Table 17

Hi-Lo Bar

(Images: Signe Langford)

Fans of The Avro, the beloved Leslieville dive that closed last spring, may have found a new watering hole. Hi-Lo, a new bar on Queen East, totally lives up to its name. The décor is a mishmash of trendy reclaimed wood and scrappy retro touches, like an old-school arcade table and a photo-collage of dead rockers from the 70s. The drinks range from $5 bottles of Labatt 50 to $12 concoctions spiked with herbal infusions and top-rail booze. Even the food fits the theme, with jars of house-made chicken liver mousse served alongside bowls of Superbowl-style chili. Owner Gavin Holmes sums up the vibe: “We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel here, we just want this to be a community hub where people can get drunk and listen to guitar-driven rock.” Fittingly, Zeppelin and The Stones are on heavy rotation. “If it’s got riffage, it’s on.”

Hi-Lo Bar, 753 Queen St. E., 416-551-3459

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  • Poliahu

    Pedant warning: come on … Zeppelin … Zeppelin … really, not that hard.

  • riverside bia

    I don’t know why Toronto life always gets the neighborhood wrong. This gem is in Riverside. As is everything between the Queen East Bridge and Jimmie Simpson Park

  • Evelyn Lyons

    I see they serve Dillon’s – fabulous vodka and gin – they also do rye – visited
    their plant near Grimsby last spring – great to have some local hard liquor around

  • Cathy

    Great vibe. Unique cocktails. Solid beer selection. Friendly staff. An easy place to hang out.