The Sky Yard, perched on top of hip Queen Street West’s Drake Hotel, offers one of Toronto’s most intimate lounge experiences. While the place is popular with cocktail aficionados seeking some of the city’s best mixology creations, wine lovers definitely shouldn’t miss the Sky Yard’s impressive list.
The lengthy wine list offers fun and fruity selections, including prosecco and rose. There are at least eight reds and eight whites by the glass, too. Can’t decide between a chardonnay from Ontario’s Niagara region or one from California? With 5 oz glasses of each available, why not sample both? The Sky Yard also has an enomatic, the increasingly popular machine that allows restaurants to sell expensive bottles slowly by the glass, preserving the wine with inert gas. You’ll always find four interesting whites and four reds among the enomatic selections.
There are also more than 80 wines by the bottle to choose from. Celebrate your trip to Toronto by splurging on a bottle of Dom Perignon or a 2008 Tignanello from Italy’s Antinori, or opt for something fresh and easy drinking like a 2011 Gewurtztraminer from Cave Springs in the Niagara region. Looking for something a little sweeter to share with friends at the end of the night? Consider a bottle of port or Niagara’s world-famous icewine.
In the summer months, guests can enjoy the Drake’s famous burger alongside a mojito worthy of a beach vacation from a spot on the Sky Yard’s patio overlooking the city. When the temperature drops, the patio heats up with a warming fire where those willing to brave the cold can sit and roast marshmallows before heading back inside to the Sky Yard’s small but comfortable covered seating area near the bar.