Toronto’s Best Spots to Sip Wine at Summer’s End
If you haven’t already noticed, summer is galloping towards a conclusion. But there is still a solid handful of warm breezy nights to walk over to a wine bar and indulge in those summer sips. We are here to help you find some gems you may not have discovered yet. Get out there!
The following guide includes everything from new spots with thought-provoking wine lists, to noteworthy atmospheres serving the classics, and everything in between. The thing they have in common is that all six recommendations definitely deserve a spot on your “end-of-summer to-do list.”
Nestled right in the middle of Ossington Street is a small yet inviting glass box with an orange luminescent sign that is hard to miss. They specialize in “dynamic and thought-provoking bottles from forward-thinking producers,” and although they are primarily a bottle shop, you can grab a seat inside or right on Ossington for a glass of wine and some snacks.
This popular Leaside spot is a natural wine bar and bottle shop with a beautiful interior and a great selection. They have a rotating by-the-glass menu paired with a cocktail program, snacks, and seasonally-inspired sharing plates. They also have a hidden, private lounge that can be rented for tastings and private events.
This espresso bar, bottle shop, pantry, and low-intervention wine and beer bar truly has something for everyone! Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting their back patio for a 4 pm to 7 pm happy hour deal of $12 glasses of wine and $6 beers.
Located right next to Trinity Bellwoods, this is one of the city’s newest spots for snacks and wine. Their menu includes everything from pizzas and empanadas to beers and ciders, and of course, a range of sparkling, natural, new-world, and old-world wines. They are also a showroom for Spirit Wares, which is a collection of artisanal, hand-crafted tableware.
Although this spot is technically a restaurant and not a wine bar, we would be doing you a disservice by not putting you on this Danforth gem. Described as a “quaint, wooden shoebox” by the Toronto Michelin Guide, their wine selection includes everything from funky to old-world that pairs beautifully with their small, yet well-curated menu.
If you’re looking for more than just a drink, look no further than The Annex Wine Bar. Located inside the Annex Hotel, this intimate space consisting of curated art, music, and a great selection of wine and cocktails is the ultimate wine bar experience.