Allen’s

Allen's Toronto

Allen’s (website)
143 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 1N2 (on the south side, between Broadview Avenue and Bowden Street) 416-463-3086
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The place to go for whiskys and brunch, perhaps together, on the Danforth.

I was recently asked by someone who knows I write this blog why I don’t like Allen’s. It has to do with the service. We’ve walked into Allen’s and been ignored by the staff, or told that everything is reserved and treated like we’re suppose to know that you have to make a reservation on the weekend, and the noise was so loud one time that we fled to the Old Nick just down the street for some peace and quiet. On a strip with her sister pub Dora KeoghAuld Spot, and the aforementioned Old Nick, I have managed to avoid Allen’s for several years, however, we decided to try Allen’s again to see if it was as bad as I remember. It wasn’t.

The clientele on the Saturday afternoon in question was mainly older, but it might have been the tail end of the brunch crowd and Allen’s is a very different place at night. It’s more restaurant at the back than pub and we sat in one of the booths near the front. Our server was very pleasant and did much to unblemish the memories of previous visits. I doubt I will go back to Allen’s given the other choices in the area, but if dragged there, I won’t sulk in a corner, which is the highest praise I can extend to the place given my elephant-like memory.

Number of visits by yours truly: my fourth or fifth visit, most recently on a Saturday afternoon in December 2012
TTC information: within stumbling distance of Broadview Station
Booze selection: more than 80 beers, most in bottles, with Waupoos and Strongbow ciders. They also have an extensive wine and whisky list, the latter is what Allen’s known for. Yes, they have Pimm’s
Food selection: fancier end of pub grub
Service staff: can be awful or, as it was most recently, can be pleasant
Prices: expensive
Toilets: they use the same cleaning agents as my grandparents, which was a little weird to realize. The toilets were clean
Patio: tiny smoking area on the Danforth but a nice big one on the south side
Wheelchair accessible: no, as the toilets are downstairs
Televisions: two tiny ones that I could see
Live music: no
Piped-in music: not on, but I seem to recall jazz on previous occasions

Rating: three and a half pints (out of five) 

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