From the owner of Section 8, Ferdydurke and The B.East, this dive bar in Chinatown is made for good times; standing by excellent burgers, fun cocktails and live music.

Three nights of the week you’ll find a band on stage, or a DJ playing anything from 1970s Aussie rock hits to ’80s-era New York City punk rock and ‘90s hip hop. Mondays are reserved for up-and-coming artists. Other days, Globe Alley is a quieter, more relaxed space.

As for the menu, the De-Lux Burger involves an organic, house-ground short rib and brisket patty with fontina cheese and shaved black truffles. The Vegan BBQ Brisket burger is pepper-marinated, thinly sliced seitan that’s chargrilled and tossed with sticky, smoky barbeque sauce and served with pickled jalapeños and an apple and fennel slaw. And every day until 8pm there are $1 wings, and $1 vegan seitan strips.

Cocktail-wise, The Dead Flamingo features jalapeño-infused tequila, frozen cubed strawberries, salt and lime. The Kickstart My Heart is Globe Alley’s tropical take on an Espresso Martini, livened up with Jameson Caskmate whiskey, cold-drip coffee, coffee liqueur and coconut. Wines are mostly local, and beer on tap includes a special house lager from 2 Brothers.

To find the bar, follow the illuminated posters along the laneway, then duck under the neon X above the entrance. Inside, you’re greeted by more neon signage, gig posters and fairy lights strung up over the bar. The room is immersed in a red-and-blue glow, and an old chandelier hangs over the stage.

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Updated: November 30th, 2020

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