In the last few years, there has been a rush of new wine-focused establishments that have opened around Toronto
. Whether you’re on a first date or looking to imbibe some after-work relaxation with colleagues, Toronto is now a first class destination to enjoy the wines of the world. Here are our picks for the five best wine bars in the city.
Midfield Wine Bar & Tavern
1434 Dundas Street West
With an old school, laid back vibe, snacks that are high class but low price, an extensive wine list to serve every palate and wallet size, Midfield is a bar that offers the best quality of food and drink with zero pretentiousness. The staff is always very knowledgeable about what it’s serving you and willing to answer any questions. You really can’t go wrong here.
946 1/2 Queen St E
Swirl is a secluded, super-cool, second-floor sanctuary with an almost-speakeasy feel. Having an antique-semi-industrial decor, it’s the perfect place to pull up a chair under a well-worn sewing table (no, really) and knock a few glasses of well-chosen vino back. This little haven is a low-key and lovely way to spend an evening. Don’t forget to grab a board game and order the cheese platter to complete your evening.
676 Queen St W
The most important thing to know about this unassuming hole-in-the-wall is that it serves up the finest sangria ‘n’ tacos combo in town—that alone is reason enough to go (trust us). The second most important thing you should know is that it has a solid collection of artisanal and small-batch wines (sometimes smaller is better!) The third is that there isn’t an ounce of pretension in the whole joint. A great place
to get cozy with that new special someone.
455 King Street W
Crush isn’t as intimate as the other wine bars on this list—it’s actually more of a restaurant—but it gets a special mention for its romantic patio area: the perfect place for a summertime date. In colder months, the long, sleek bar, friendly staff and enormous wine list will keep you happy. And the carnivorously-inclined will be happy to know that Crush thinks outside the box, serving up the likes of duck confit and roasted bone marrow. This is definitely better than a night in at home.
909 Dundas Street W
Sleek and modern furniture paired with a few rough edges for character (bare brick behind the bar, menus on chalk boards etc.) Archive’s minimalist décor and mood lighting means that you can focus all of your attention on enjoying the wine and tapas offered on the menu. And don’t assume Archive’s proximity to Little Italy means its wine selection is only Euro-focused either—it offers quite a selection from Ontario
as well. Romantic during the week and a place to party on weekends, this brother-owned bar is great at striking all the right balances.