Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Paradise Grapevine

Paradise Grapevine is a wine and beer bar with affordable small plates and a lush back patio, all of which can be enjoyed until 2 a.m.

The place reinvents longstanding neighbourhood haunt Menalon, named for the words on the sandwich board outside used to describe the hidden oasis out back.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

The interior feels like a Bar Rescue style makeover, all the charm left intact but any exterior grime removed.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Clean lines and fresh paint surround the original antique bar, complete with familiar and comfy cushioned armrest, an original mural by the entrance also untouched.

Paradise Grapevine TorontoSemi-sun-dried tomatoes ($3) are part of a short list of rotating small plates under five bucks, which are meant to be combined and shared. This and many other preserved antipasti are provided by Pasquale Brothers.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

For example, pickled peppers ($4): long, crunchy, juicy and sour, a luck-of-the-draw mix of hot and mild.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Bread ($4) is produced at Burdock especially for Grapevine. A mix of around 35% spelt and 65% wheat, it’s made with a little honey for a softer texture and served with Sterling butter.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Monforte Dairy cheese ($4 - $16) rotates, this one a soft Camembert-style goat cheese with an ash rind and delicate white bloom, slightly bitter yet very creamy.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

There’s not much thematically tying together the extensive rotating list of wines offered here, other than the Grapevine team finding them delicious.

These tend to be lower-intervention wines, which typically come from smaller producers and have more distinct identity, flavour-wise.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

A bottle of Barbera d’Alba ($77) is decanted so the big Italian wine can open up with a little more oxygen. Here you’ll find all varieties of wine served as optimally as possibly, some bottles even opened a day early so their flavours can develop.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Sparkling rosé X Bulles ($57 for the bottle) has an amazing mouthfeel thanks to tiny fizzing bubbles, a blend of Chardonnay and Grolleau that’s juicy yet dry.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Here, they’re more interested in the crossover rather than the boundaries between wine and beer, exemplified by Burdock’s limited edition Ruby: a tangy blend of barrel-aged saisons and a farmhouse saison aged on Cab Franc skins with a splash of Reisling to make the fruitiness pop.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Bellwoods will likely always be flowing from at least one of 11 taps. Runes ($8) is their opaque and full-bodied yet refreshing and crushable take on on IPA.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

They even do “Paradise Blends” of proportioned wine and beer; today’s―a mix of Oud Beersel and C’au D’en Genis white wine, the beer providing acidity where the wine lacks it.

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Dave Everitt (who co-owns the place with Christian Davis) is the head brewer at Burdock, explaining all the beer and bread connections (not to mention booze expertise).

Paradise Grapevine Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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