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Review: Swirl Wine Bar, Toronto


I’ve discovered that Leslieville is full of hidden little gems featuring “off the beaten path” places that are absolutely charming and steal your heart. And so it was that on one hot summer Saturday eve I marched up the steps to Swirl Wine Bar.

Swirl is located on the 2nd floor of what used to be a residential home on Queen East. The cutesy space was clearly once an apartment which is very much the allure here. White washed Singer Sewing machines act as wee dining tables while bright pink painted antique chairs offer a welcome seat. The walls offer whimsical portrait filled murals with whispers of black, white and pink…keeping in sync with the rest of the space. Windows offer views of the tram jolting east and west while a corner of the front room houses a tower of board games for guests to play.

The space is petite as its its wine list and savoury and sweet menu. Swirls short but sweet synergy works well here. Over the course of an hour I sampled glasses of sparkling, white and red while nibbling on petite mason jars filled with rillettes and chicken liver pate. We finished off the eve smiling at a cheese and charcuterie board.

If you know anyone in Toronto who regularly sits like a bump on a log moaning, “there is never anything to do in the city,” please do push them up the stairs to Swirl Wine Bar. Leslieville’s very own local spot to mix and mingle.

Special thanks to the team at Swirl  for hosting me as their guest.

Sips and Nibbles:

Tenuta Santome Prosecco Brut NV, Treviso Italy

Lillypilly Estates 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Riverina Australia

Bedega Punto Final Malbec, Mendoza Argentina

Duck Rillettes

shredded duck confit, garlic, cointreau, brandy

Chicken Liver Pate

brandy butter, garlic, cream, thyme infused butter cap

Cheese and Charcuterie Board

selection of cheeses from leslieville cheese market, cured meats

#505 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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