Toronto wine bars have become a popular part of the nightlife scene. Instead of your typical lounge, bar, or pub, these fun and chic venues cater to the wine lover in each of us.
The easiest place to start when looking for a Toronto wine bar, is by location. The city is divided into 4 major sections; Downtown Toronto, North End, West End, and East End. Everything outside of these regions are known as the Greater Toronto Area.
Downtown Toronto has a jumble of atmospheres and culture. Toronto neighbourhoods found within the downtown region are;
Alexandra Park, The Annex, Baldwin Village, Cabbagetown, Cityplace, Chinatown, Church and Wellesley, Distillery District, The Entertainment District, The Fashion District, The Financial District, Harbourfront, Kensington Market, Queen Street West, and St Lawrence.
The Toronto wine bars found in downtown are also a jumble of culture and people. You can find classic venues to go to with dates and hip lounges to visit with friends.
A few great downtown Toronto wine bars are Eight Wine Bar, Olivia’s at Fifty Three Microwinery, Crush Wine Bar, and Eden Trattoria.
Other Downtown Toronto wine bars include; Runyx Wine Bar Lounge, Revival Restaurant Bar, Pizza Rustica, Trattoria Giancarlo Wine Bar, and Local Kitchen & Wine Bar.
If you feel look for some good vibes and delicious wine, try out the Toronto wine bars in the West End. The Toronto neighbourhoods found in this region include; Portugal Village, Bloor West Village, Corso Italia, Davenport Park, Fort York, High Park, Koreatown, Liberty Village, Little Italy, Malta Village, Mirvish Village, and Roncesvalles.
Some of the best Toronto wine bars in the West End are Coco Lezzone, Café Cinquecento, Domani Restaurant & Wine Bar, Salto Antipasto Lounge, Just Greek Restaurant, and Dine’n’Wine Restaurant.
The East End of the city is well known for its hip and sometimes bohemian venues and crowds. It also brings in different cultural influences to its nightlife, especially in neighbourhoods such as; The Beaches, East Danforth, Little India, Greektown, Riverdale and Upper Beaches.
When checking out East End Toronto, be sure to see any of these wine bars; PicNic Wine Bar, Tomi-Kro, and Swirl Wine Bar.
Toronto’s North End is known as one of the oldest parts of the city.
The North End neighbourhoods are also wealthier then most, such neighbourhoods include; Bedford Park, Casa Loma, Davisville Village, Forest Hill, Midtown, Rosedale, Summerhill, Wychwood Park, and Yonge and Eglinton.
Look for great Toronto wine bars in the North End such as Lime Asian Cuisine, Cibo E Vino, Tony Calzone’s Wine Cellar, Taste Wine Bar & Grill, Bistro Grande Restaurant, Taboo Wine Bar & Grill, and Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
For Toronto wine bars outside the main regions of the city, look for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). They can be divided into East York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York and York.
Some of the best wine bars in the GTA are On The Curve Hot Stove & Wine Bar, Zax Bistro, Rosewood Bistro & Wine Bar, Bluestone Bistro & Gourmet Market, Posticino Ristorante, and Kontakt Café & Lounge.
Toronto has also recently allowed for BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) to select restaurants. Just be warned that you will most likely be charged a corkage fee of any where up to $60 per bottle.
If you feel like creating your own Toronto wine bar for the evening, definitely check out places such as; 65 Degrees Grill & Pasta, Across The Road, Babur, Biff’s Bistro, Cava, Canoe, Boho, Crush Wine Bar, Dominion on Queen, Esco Pazza, Fat Cat Bar & Bistro, George, Fressen Restaurant, Sushi Jaki, Stonegrill, Zucca Trattoria, Table 17, and Thai Plate.
There are also restaurants who have become well known for their amazing wine lists, along with spectacular menus.
If you want the perfect combination of food and wine in Toronto, try out any of these places; Reds Bistro & Wine Bar, Canoe, Biagio, Harbour Sixty Steakhouse, La Forchetta, Prime, Sotto Sotto, Tom Jones Steak House, Wildfire Grill, Via Allegro, and 360 Restaurant (CN Tower).
Toronto wine bars have exploded all over the city and have adapted into things such as BYOW! Totally Toronto can connect you with your favourite wine bar tonight, explore what the city has to offer you.