|Cuisine Type |||Eclectic, Tapas|
|Ambiance |||Offbeat, Casual, Trendy|
|Meals Served |||Brunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Local Favorites, Wheelchair Accessible, Catering|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||The Beaches|
|Getting There |||Queen streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Carlaw|
|Dinner: Mon-Sat 5PM-2AM, Sun 5-11PM; Brunch: Sat-Sun 10AM-3PM|
Profile Last Updated: February 13, 2009
Whatever you call the neighbourhood—Leslieville, South Riverdale, or the Film District—the area along Queen East is becoming a vibrant centre for Torontonians in the know. Residing since 2002 is the Barrio Lounge, a low-key yet trendy place where locals go to sip cocktails and enjoy a plate of hors d’oeuvres. Barrio, which means “neighbourhood” in Spanish, is precisely that—a local watering hole for Leslieville denizens who may prefer to keep this place a bit secret. Bedecked with wooden tones and a grey cast, banquettes line the dining room floor while high-backed bar stools proffer seating for the single drinker. Refurbished ballroom doors and a retro icebox are some of the beautifully recycled features that can be espied in Barrio.
What’s Your Poison?
With ten microbrews on tap and a slew of cocktails to choose from, thirsty patrons of Barrio Lounge are kept at bay. Specialty martinis, like the Debutini (coconut rum, pineapple, blue curacao), Jolly Rancher Apple (vodka, sourpuss apple, fresh lemon and lime), and the Porn Star (vodka, raspberry, sprite), are offered alongside their cosmopolitan and gin-based brethren.
Known for their tapas, Barrio Lounge serves an array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres for the lighter appetite. Jerk pulled pork with guava jelly, veggie sushi, walnut and Stilton phyllos, and smoked duck with Brie toasts are some of the selections at Barrio. For a full course meal, try the maple-glazed short ribs with curried yam latke, green beans, and stewed grapes.