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The Wine Bar

Staff Picks: 10 Wine Bars to Wet Your Whistle

Whether you’re a true connoisseur or simply enjoy the occasional tipple, these wine bars are sure to satisfy any palate.

Ciao Wine Bar's old fashioned-chic wine cellar

Carens Wine and Cheese Bar
This Yorkville boîte is a summertime hot spot due to its intimate back patio, but the bistro is popular regardless of the weather. The dining menu features sophisticated comfort fare, while wines and cheeses are perfectly paired. 158 Cumberland St. 416-962-5158

Ciao Wine Bar
Local bigwigs are drawn to Ciao’s three-level lot on Yorkville Avenue. Oenophiles seek shelter in the rustic-chic cellar, complete with exposed brick, vaulted ceiling and vintage wine racks. The list features Italian reds and whites prominently, but there are also selections form Canada, the United States, Spain and elsewhere. 133 Yorkville Ave., 416-925-2143.

Crush Wine Bar
A staple of the trendy King West neighbourhood, Crush combines casual fine dining with a diverse selection of vintages. Can’t choose from sommelier Mark Moffatt’s huge international wine list? Try one of the curated—and very affordable—flights of three two-ounce glasses. 455 King St. W., 416-977-1234.

Enoteca Sociale
This family-friendly restaurant on the up-and-coming Dundas West strip houses a cheese cave and a wine cellar, both of which highlight varieties from Italy and Canada. House-made pastas and other seasonally inspired dishes are brought to life with suggested wine pairings. 1288 Dundas St. W., 416-534-1200.

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
In Parkdale, this neighbourhood haunt draws foodies from across the city with its Italian-style piattini (small plates) and endearing wine list. Along with using locally grown foods, the restaurant also features a range of Ontario wines. 1710 Queen St. W., 416-534-6700.