Sip and swill a glass of wine at these Annex bars

University students aren’t the only locals visiting these popular Annex restaurants and wine bars – but you'll encounter plenty of them. Experiment with different vintages, find a new place to watch the Leafs’ game or drink enough wine to help jog your creativity for that paper you’ve been putting off.

Proof The Vodka Bar & SkyLounge Patio

220 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 3B7

You can be certain that there’s more to this bar than vodka. Along with some great spirits – like Louis XIII cognac, Patron Anejo tequila and Glenlivet 18 single malt – there's a compelling wine list to satisfy your inner oenophile. Be sure to come hungry for the salivating menu items and dress your best to get the most out of this high-end experience.

Duke Of York

39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2

The Duke features daily half-price specials on wine bottles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a roving and unique variety of wines to choose from, they also provide some great options that aren’t too hard on the wallet. Split a bottle of Shiraz or sauvignon blanc paired with the tastiest of traditional British fare. You'll love blending the lively atmosphere with a bottle that's worth savouring.

The Central

603 Markham St, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7

Some might be surprised that The Central is a great place to enjoy wine in the Annex. Not only do they host the bands that will be big tomorrow, but the bar also boasts a large selection of wine, beer and food. Drop by for a free improv comedy show or to check out the monthly cabaret act to keep you entertained while you sip away on a fine half-litre of vino.

Bar Mercurio

270 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V8

Making its mark in the Annex with fine Italian food and even finer desserts, Mercurio has a wine list that matches the irresistible edibles. Despite having been on the scene since 1997, this restaurant is one of the better-kept secrets in the neighbourhood. If you come by often enough to enjoy a nice glass of wine, you'll probably meet the owner, Giuseppe.

Hey Lucy Cafe

2-440 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X5

Reasonably-priced wine and food in Toronto? Don’t be paranoid: it’s true. Hey Lucy features Thursday night wine specials and a great menu that's worth revisiting often. The most popular university student staple food – pizza – goes great with any of their wines and is as affordable as your choice of beverage. If you're there during hockey season, you'll probably be able to catch a game on the TVs above the bar.

You don’t have to travel to Vietnam to try authentic pho – it’s available right here in Victoria. So put away your passport and visit one of the Vietnamese restaurants below. Soon you’ll be sipping on savoury broth, seasoned with traditional Vietnamese spices and full of tasty meat and veggies. Close your eyes and you might forget you’re in Canada!
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste just to get a good deal. Luckily for us, there are a number of Victoria eateries that offer satisfying meals for less than $10. Drop in, fill up, and leave with the energy you need to make it through the rest of your afternoon.
Student life can be hectic, so you need food that’s tasty, quick and, most importantly, cheap. Here are some of Victoria’s most student-friendly off-campus restaurants. Some are just down the street; others are a short bus ride downtown. But all of them have cheap eats that’ll keep you fuelled from frosh week to finals.
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