It’s summer, which means that every porch, park, and playground (okay, maybe not that last one) is prime territory for boozy picnics. But for those nights when you want to class things up a little without breaking the bank, these restaurants are here to help.
The good doctor gives you a reason to celebrate Mondays with their low corkage fee of $1 per bottle. The price doubles on Tuesdays, and triples on Wednesday—that’s $2 and $3 respectively, folks.
2197 Bloor St. W., 416-604-0704, drgenerosity.com
On “Whatever Wednesdays” at this Ossington seafood spot, free corkage is offered for a donation to Ocean Wise.
217 Ossington Ave., 647-340-0227, fishbar.ca
Every Sunday is Saloon Sunday at this Dupont diner, and corkage fees are waived. Giddy up!
1071 Shaw St., 416-588-5928, universalgrill.ca
The Gladstone Hotel
It isn’t a corkage deal, but on Tuesdays bottles go for half-price, bringing some of them down to around $25—and that ain’t half bad.
1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635, gladstonehotel.com
The half-price bottle special applies to Monday nights at Porzia. Make the night doubly-special with the 3 (courses) for $33 deal.
1314 Queen St. W., 647-342-5776, porzia.ca
Discounted bottles can also be found at Beast on Wednesday nights. Unfortunately, they don’t serve this thing at dinner, but they do serve poutine made with fried gnocchi.
96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000, thebeastrestaurant.com
Before or after a walk in the Pits, treat yourself to half-price glasses and bottles alongside buck-a-shuck oysters every Wednesday.
815 Bloor St. W., 416-846-8324, northwoodbloor.ca
Sure cava is similar to champagne, but you can bring whatever wine you want on Sundays. Actually, you can bring whatever wine you want any night of the week—but on Sundays your server will open it for free.
1560 Yonge St., 416-979-9918, cavarestaurant.ca
Thursdays are BYOW night. Enjoy free corkage of your first bottle, or if you show up empty-handed, get 50% off your first bottle purchase.
169 King St. E., 416-363-9000, kulturatoronto.com
Top Chef Canada’s Trista Sheen let’s you BYOB on Mondays for only $1. Guests are limited to one 750mL bottle per two drinkers. If that isn’t enough, glasses of vino at this King West wine bar run as low as $10.
455 King St. W., 416-977-1234, crushwinebar.com
Trevor Kitchen and Bar
Bring up to two 750mL bottles (no boxes, sadly) and have them opened free of charge on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Go early on either night and enjoy cheap cocktails with half-price apps before cracking open your favourite vintage (or the best bottle of Fuzion money can buy).
38 Wellington St. E., 416-941-9410, trevorkitchenandbar.com
Every night except Saturday is free corkage night at Paese. After your first bottle however, the fee goes up to $25, so make that bottle last.
333 King St. W., 416-599-6585, 3827 Bathurst St., 416-631-6585, paeseristorante.com
Eating late has its benefits. If you dine after nine at Nota Bené, receive complimentary corkage of one 750mL bottle per two guests.
180 Queen St. W., 416-977-6400, notabenerestaurant.com
Impress someone special for very little cash. Biff’s offers free corkage on Sundays, and $1 oysters after 5 p.m.
4 Front St. E., 416-860-0086, oliverbonacini.com
The Rosedale Diner
Who says you can’t drink wine at a diner? Not the folks at the Rosedale! This place is no ordinary diner—for $127 you can get pulled pork poutine with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. They’ll also open your own bottle for free on Sundays and Mondays. Try pairing your go-to red with the steak frites.
1164 Yonge St., 416-923-3122, rosedalediner.com
Amaya the Indian Room
Wednesday is free corkage night here. What wine goes with spicy chicken tikka, you ask? Try a Gewürztraminer or Reisling.
1701 Bayview Ave., 416-322-3270, amayarestaurant.com
Both locations get in on the boozy action on Mondays with $1 corkage per 750mL bottle (for groups of eight or less).
31 Bay St., 416-366-5544, 3885 Yonge St., 416-322-5544, themiller.ca
Corkage fees are waived on Mondays and Tuesdays at this Middle Eastern eatery. Use the money you save on booze to buy baklava.
810 Queen St. E., 416-465-2500, 2009 Yonge St., 416-483-3747, tabule.ca
Stop by here on Sundays and enjoy free corkage, as well as the restaurant’s table d’hote menu featuring their more popular items, as well as some dishes that are reserved for Sundays only. Choose three courses for only $32.
782 Queen St. E., 416-519-1851, table17.ca
Skin and Bones
Celebrate Champagne Campaign Sundays at this Leslieville wine bar (pictured at top) when all bottles of bubbly are half price and oysters are a-buck-a-piece. Can’t make it out on a Sunday but work in the area? Drop by during the week for free snacks and half-price beer, cocktails, and champers between 5–6 p.m.
980 Queen St. E., 416-524-5209, skinandbonesto.com
Photo: Nick Kozak/Toronto Star
Know of any other places with a wine special? Let us know in the comments section below!