Best Wine Bars In Toronto
Toronto is well known for its restaurant culture, and almost as famous for its plethora of wine bars, and restaurants that cater to wine aficionado’s. Whether you are a wine expert or just an adventurous soul who knows how to have fun with a good wine selection, there are plenty of restos, bistros and bars that cater to the grape savvy and grape curious alike. Here is a list of the best wine bars in Toronto, in no particular order:
Reds Wine Tavern: Contrary to their name, Reds also serves plenty of whites. They’ve got two locations, one on Adelaide Street in the financial district, and one near Yonge and Gerrard in midtown. With twenty-two wines by the glass you’ll always be able to find something interesting, and there is generally a sommelier on hand to guide you to a selection you will love.
Midfield: Located on Dundas West near Dufferin in unassumingly ungentrified Little Portugal. The wine list is in a constant state of reinvention, and everything is available by the glass. They also offer wine classes, but you’ll have to call them for those details. They’ve got plenty of awesome tapas style selections available, which is just what you want when you’re sipping your way from country to country and unable to commit.
Archive 909: on Dundas West near Bathurst, it’s modeled after a Venetian wine bar, offering small plates (cicchetti) and a friendly, knowledgeable staff who will gladly share their favourite pairings with you. Sixty wines by the glass at any given time, and all are available in three ounce tasting pours, encouraging you to try a few.
Le Select: Truly a Toronto bastion of French cuisine and wine, Le Select features French selections exclusively and offers twenty-four by the glass. The list is massive, over eighty pages in depth, but the sommelier is generally on hand to assist if you find it daunting. Additionally, the list features tasting notes on many of the wines, making it fun and fruitful to do a little reading before dinner. Located in trendy King West, it’s tucked away from the action on Wellington Street and features a lovely garden patio in the summer months that might just make you feel like you are … somewhere else.
Skin and Bones: Located in the east end Leslieville neighborhood, Skin and Bones features a mostly Italian menu and a predominantly old-world wine list. Their twenty-seven by the glass selections are offered in 3.5 and 5 ounce pours so you can play around a bit. Lots of great hidden gems here, and a nice casual atmosphere that’s comfortable for a date, a bite, or a girl’s night.
Wine Bar: Located near the St. Lawrence Market, the restaurant formerly known as Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar doesn’t appear vastly different from its former days. Its twenty-five by the glass selections are as eclectic as they are interesting, and for those who care to venture into rare wine territory, they offer several on their reserve list that are available by the glass via the high tech cork-piercing dispenser Coravin.
Bar Buca: Located in the King West district, Bar Buca offers an exclusively Italian list, with fifteen selections offered in 2.5 and 5 ounce pours. The staff are knowledgeable and the owner very passionate about bringing an authentic Italian experience. The food is as delicious as it is wine-friendly. Close enough to the theatre district to stroll over before or after a show, and it stays open until 2am for all the wine sipping night owls. There is a Yorkville location as well, but it doesn’t share the same hours.
Little Sister: An Indonesian food bar in the midtown Leaside neighbourhood, offering a well rounded by the glass selection that successfully highlights the sometimes-spicy Asian cuisine. Plenty of memorable dishes and lovely food pairings on offer, in a busy, narrow snack bar atmosphere. Opens at 4pm and serves late.
We hope you will enjoy exploring the best wine bars in Toronto – as most wine lovers know, it’s all about discovery: new flavours, new outlooks, new combinations that you never would have thought of. When you’re planning your wine-bar adventure, why not call Airlift Limo to take you around? Leave the car at home, we will pick you up and get you where you’re going in style. We have luxury sedans and stretch limos in our fleet, so you and your friends can enjoy a night of tasting with the ultimate peace of mind. Have fun, and arrive safely – leave the driving to us! Call Airlift Limo to arrange your ride today.