Enjoy a glass of wine at these spots on the Danforth

Wine on the Danforth includes a few out-there options that grape lovers won’t find anywhere else, with superb food and atmosphere to match. You'll never regret raising a glass of vino to these fine establishments.

Factory Girl

1
193 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Drop your wine snob pretension upon entering. This is gastro pub drinking and dining with a cheerfully punkish flavour. They’ve managed to combine punk rock imagery with the expertise of sommeliers and a talented kitchen. In other words, this is perfect for those wine lovers who sport sleeve tattoos and septum piercings. Choose from 50 wines by the bottle and 20 by the glass to go with the Roma style pizza — they claim it is the best in the city.

Sarah's Café

2
1426 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1N4

A professional sommelier is on duty here for monthly wine tastings if you want a good introduction to wine by the glass. There's a wide selection of white, red and dessert wines to accompany or complete any meal on the menu. Be sure to ask the waiter for pairings with the chef’s daily special or test your palate by experimenting with your personal taste. The patio is perfect for late summer nights, while the party room is ideal for cool business meetings.

Pan on the Danforth

3
516 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P6

The beautiful decor, warm atmosphere and the extensive selection of wine make a memorable first impression at this Greektown favourite. Expect feature wines daily along with every popular varietal you can name. Start with a light white before dinner and end with an Ontario Riesling ice wine for dessert. Labels from around the world are available, but the spotlight is on local.

Morgans On The Danforth

4
1282 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M6

This is a neighbourhood restaurant that wants its customers to feel at home with a wine and beer list selected to complement the menu. Relax on a hot day with a cool glass of chardonnay and great food, or warm up in winter with a full-bodied red and a good book. You can order by the glass, bottle or half-litre. The extraordinary focus on client comfort extends to each booth, where you'll find personalized light dimmers and A/C controls at your fingertips.

Globe Bistro

5
124 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1

Having won three VQA restaurant awards for excellence and two of the same from the Wine Spectator, Globe’s wine menu is available by the glass, bottle or from your own cellar. With their extensive list of Ontario wines, your palate will never be bored. Ask the experienced serving staff for suggested pairings with your meal. If you insist on bringing your own, the corkage fee is $20 and is available only for commercially-produced wines.

521 Cafe & Bar

6
521 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P7

One of the better-kept secrets from online eyes, 521 is as classy as it is mysterious. The wine menu is not advertised, yet widely-praised on social media and by online reviewers. The contemporary lounge atmosphere helps patrons relax with their glass. Bottle service, a heated patio and circular fireplaces are more reasons to make this your next Friday night destination with friends.

Allen's

7
143 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Times and tastes change as often as the seasons. So why would you think it odd that an Irish pub would choose VQA certified wines for its wine list? The whiskey and beer menu is just as selective. This only means that the Irish can be trusted to know great drinks, no matter the type. Along with traditional Irish fare and live music, see what a vintage New York Irish pub feels like in the 21st century.

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