Where to sip a glass of wine in Roncesvalles

Wine, the nectar of gods, is a downright sophisticated beverage. With Ontario vineyards ranking among the best in the world, Toronto is a great city in which to enjoy a memorable glass of red, white or sparkling wine. Head west to Roncesvalles and sample some grapes worth sipping at these local establishments.

Gate 403 Bar Grill

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403 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1

This cozy jazz and blues bar is the perfect place to indulge in a glass of vino and enjoy the casual atmosphere. It’s the kind of venue where you’ll see people in blue jeans and black cocktail dresses – sometimes even at the same table. There’s music every evening of the week, so all you have to do is pull up a seat, order a glass of wine and enjoy the cool sounds.

The Local

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396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

Never mind everyone else who’s swilling pints of beer – you’ve come to this joint to kick things up a notch. The bar has a full entertainment schedule with frequent live music, which covers the gamut of genres: Country, swing, bluegrass, traditional, Cuban and more. If you’re more into highbrow arts, The Local has plenty of art shows where a glass of wine is the perfect pairing.

Inter-Ster Restaurant

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357 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M8

With its rich wood paneling and a jukebox full of classic tunes, this tavern will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Inter Steer has a vibrant Polish atmosphere that reflects the ethnic makeup of the neighbourhood and you'll see that reflection in the food and wine as well. Get your fill of pierogis, beef goulash, schnitzel Ruben or baked cod and enjoy live music on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Domani Restaurant & Wine Bar

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335 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M8

This bar specializes in wine, so just go ahead and challenge the wait staff to bring you a glass that doesn't blow your mind. There are dozens of local and international producers to choose from, with the wine menu separated into red, white and champagne/sparkling varietals. And with zero pretension, you don't have to worry about pairing a glass of merlot with the Scottish smoked salmon.

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