Save Water, Drink Wine at Toronto's Favored Wine Bars

A meal without wine is called breakfast (or so the joke goes). But wine is a drink that many don't joke about. With the care and attention it takes to cultivate the grapes and create a memorable experience, these Toronto wine bars pay tribute to the nectar of the gods. Whether you are an oenophile or someone looking to shake off a bad day, these are the places to park. With mood lighting and careful pours, the air seems perfumed by cork and everyone seems a little happier. Or maybe that's just us after a glass or seven.

Although wine is meant to be the star of the show, Toronto is a city for food lovers and the food pairings available at our wine bar choices are sublime. Midfield Wine Bar has short ribs to wash down with your bold red. Or go to Tappo Wine Bar to slurp some egg ribbon pasta tossed in a white wine garlic butter sauce. The extensive wine list is a great read on a cold winter's day. Complement the heavier dishes with a bright white, like a Pinot Grigio.

If wine isn't the answer, we don't know what the question is. Let's drink our antioxidants in their preferred form: one sip at at time.

CIBO Wine Bar is as much a restaurant as a wine bar, but we will let it slide. It also works hard to bring the entertainment factor, living on the vibrant King Street West and being run by the Liberty Entertainment Group. It seems to be working,...  Read More

East Toronto

Skin + Bones places great importance on the art of eating and drinking. In fact, the dishes are created with a special wine in mind (although they won't judge if you decide to do more wine than food). Oak tables and minimal decor let the...  Read More

Given its location inside First Canadian Place (Canada's tallest skyscraper) in Toronto's financial district, one would expect Reds to be an exclusive dining spot for those with expense accounts. But while the bistro and wine bar's clientele...  Read More

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Once run by Jamie Kennedy, the Toronto-based celebrity chef sold Wine Bar in 2009. But while he's no longer manning the stoves, the St. Lawrence Market area restaurant is still a popular choice among diners looking for great food and an inspired...  Read More


With lightly stained wood decor and affordable pours, Archive is the kind of bar that doesn't need to be special occasion only. It is devoid of snobbery yet dedicated to delightful pours and has a giant wine list to tickle any grape lover's...  Read More

Tappo Wine bar is situated in the historic Distillery District and has kept the bones of the Stone Distillery building. With a wooden interior and stone walls, it feels like you have stepped into another time that is romantic and distinct...  Read More

2009 was a memorable year for restaurant openings in Toronto, and Local Kitchen and Wine Bar was among the notable debuts. Childhood friends Fabio Bondi and Michael Sangregorio teamed up to open the space. It's tiny and decorated in an...  Read More

Midfield Wine Bar fits the first (and most important) characteristic of a wine bar: it is a great place to drink wine. With a rustic coziness and wines that slant on shelves behind the bar, you want to stay awhile. Emprisoned wine sits behind...  Read More

East Toronto

Chef Danny Pantano worked in Italy and Michelin starred restaurants before settling into Glas Wine Bar. The spelling is not incorrect, but rather German, as Danny worked in Tyrol, where Austria meets Italy. His cooking is confident and...  Read More


Bar Buca is the kind of place that understands that you may need a little upper with your downer. Equally interested in the coffee scene as much as wine and cocktails, it is a casual place to grab a snack and shoot the breeze. Italy's aperitivo...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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