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ARCHIVE909 Dundas West, 647-748-0909, archive909.com Torontonians are realizing that sipping even the finest wine is not a euphoric experience when it's.


ARCHIVE909 Dundas West, 647-748-0909, archive909.com

Torontonians are realizing that sipping even the finest wine is not a euphoric experience when it’s served with a side of snivelling arrogance. Fortunately, a refreshing new wine culture is emerging in which both oenophiles and bright-eyed (v)infants can comfortably bend elbows over twin glasses of Pinot.

When co-owners and brothers Josh and Joel Corea opened Archive less than a year ago, they were inspired by the tapas bars of Spain, where vino is traditionally enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere with a steady stream of snacks.

At their Dundas West spot, cicchetti – Venetian-style bar nibbles – are served till late, giving guests the best possible excuse to spend some quality time with any of 30-plus wines by the glass.

After all, “wine without food is as uncivilized as food without wine,” Josh laughs. Agreed.

Archive stocks an intriguing range of Old World wines, with plenty of space on the chalkboard devoted to homegrown pours. Josh curates mindfully, letting taste and variety headline his list. Whether you spring for a stemmed steal from the Douro region or treat yourself to a VQA offering from Pearl Morissette or Tawse, there’s something to appeal to every palate and pocket (glasses range from $8 to $14).

Though Josh is a self-professed wine geek, Archive is a showcase for anti-snobbery. With its laid-back vibe and pared-down decor, the bar extends an open invitation to engage with life’s subtleties, allowing you to focus on your company or ponder the deliciousness swirling in your glass.

Signature drink Wine, of course

Hours 5 pm to 2 am daily

Patio None

Access No steps at the door washrooms in the basement

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