Sometimes you just want to savour a full-bodied Bordeaux without a thick steak accompaniment. For those occasions, this city offers a bevy of wine bars—relaxed venues that are perfect for sipping and socializing. (And if hunger strikes, the food at these establishments isn’t too shabby either.)
Size-wise, Reds is likely Toronto’s largest wine bar. Combined with a fine-dining bistro, the two-storey Financial District space offers a lengthy list of more than 80 wines by the glass. Yorkville’s Ciao is of a similar scale, and focuses on traditional Italian food, drink and hospitality, while the industrial-
chic environs at Crush entice with sustainable cuisine plus themed wine flights for indecisive imbibers.
Then again, intimacy is always appreciated when it comes to this style of establishment, ensuring that inviting boîtes like Eight, Carens, and the simply titled Wine Bar—where the chefs chat with you from the open kitchen—are often busy. And for oenophiles who are particular about their food, Niagara Street Café promises French fare plus wine from owner-sommelier Anton Potvin’s well-curated cellar.