Winos across the city agree that the restaurateurs who host a weekly half-priced wine night are among Toronto’s most heroic citizens. Whether you’re looking to finish off the weekend with some fried chicken and a bottle of chardonnay, or tuck in on a Tuesday with a bottle of Tuscan Sangiovese and plate of pappardelle, these local eateries and resto-bars will be offering their fine labels at a tempting discount.
Thursday is half-priced wine night at this Parkdale eatery, specializing in British-Canadian fusion fare, from grilled ox tongue, to seafood stew, to soft-as-pillows gnudi. The group-friendly platter of fried chicken, collard greens, and mac n’ cheese, has become one of the most beloved meals in Toronto (seriously). The oh-so-hip atmosphere is quiet in the early evenings and gets increasingly lively as the evening goes on.
Tucked at the foot of Sorauren on Queen West, this compact canteen is an ideal west-side spot for an expertly rendered cocktail, a craft beer, or some lively tunes playing off the turntable station in the back (shelves and shelves of vinyl stretch up to the ceiling, guaranteeing some welcome variety in background sounds). Buck-a-shuck Mondays draw happy-hour minded crowds, plus, every Thursday before 10 pm, the wines at this Canadiana-meets-modern-parlour spot are on offer at half-price.
Since 2007, this Italian osteria has been drawing the Yorkville crowd and beyond to its romantic, low-lit space, with an impressive selection of red and whites (over 300 labels on the list!), and done right Italian classics alongside modern innovations. Tuesdays are half-priced wine night at the wood-clad and rich-with-exposed-brick space, so you can sip on an amarone classico while snacking on arancini (served with walnuts and truffle honey), or tuck in for some thin-crust pizza, fresh pasta, or secondi dishes.
One of Ossington’s most beloved eateries has been impressing diners of all ages and palates since 2009, with a slew of French-inspired fare (the menu changes daily and will include anything from oysters with lardon and breadcrumbs to tagliatelle with smoked herring and octopus). The cozy space is the wholly wonderful love child of a Parisian bistro and a quintessential Toronto neighbourhood spot, with exposed brick walls, a chandelier, and a wildlife mural that stretches the length of the restaurant. Oh, and they also do half-priced bottles of wine every Monday.
Every night of the week, this Roncesvalles spot hosts one of the city’s most affordable prix-fixe menus, which gets you an appie, a main and a dessert for just $30. (Perhaps) best of all, when you tuck in for the set menu, your wine selection will be half-priced. Sample seared scallops, braised beef cheeks, and a dazzling crème brulee on a coconut biscuit, without the attack on the wallet you might be anticipating.
Wednesdays at this spot draw Toronto wine lovers with half-priced bottles on offer from 5 pm to close. As its name would suggest, Beast is a destination for carnivores and those particularly partial to Canadian-style cooking. Finding home in the yuppie-in-the-best-way Trinity Niagara neighbourhood, it’s become a King Wester’s spot for happy hour cocktails with a side of house tartare or duck pastrami, or a selection of heartier dinner items like pork hocks, flat iron steak, or grilled lamb belly (but don’t miss out on the menu’s stellar selection of fish dishes on offer as well).