Valentine’s day has become as much of a big deal as any other major holiday. Whether or not you plan on celebrating February 14, you can’t help to notice the scramble of people organizing the day’s events as it quickly approaches. If you are planning to treat your significant other then look no further friends because Vines and Vices is here to help you bring on the romance!
(The following will be beverage oriented, therefore ensure you are of legal drinking age prior to investing in any events below)
Something typical doesn’t need to be boring…
With Valentine’s week being one of the busiest weeks of the year for the restaurant industry, don’t stress over trying to find a reservation at the hottest place in town. Instead, you may just get a table at the right place rather than the popular one. If a traditional romantic dinner is what you’re looking for than a great beverage pairing is equally important to consider!
10best.com which listed the 10 most favored wine bars in Toronto is aware that Toronto is a city for food lovers, therefore the pairings available at the bars listed are sensational. Some of the establishments listed are notably popular such as CIBO WINE BAR, TAPPO WINE BAR, or GLASS WINE BAR. If you’re looking for something that will make a serious impression, then consider BAR BUCA or REDS WINE TAVERN. Some of these places may even have set menu options as well as selected wine pairings to make your evening that more interesting with less effort for you – bonus!
Also don’t limit yourself to simply beer or wine in your search for a great place to spark the romance, the best cocktail bars in the city might just get the love flowing.
Can you feel the love Brewing?!
If you’re looking for something slightly less traditional with a little more excitement yet want to stay close to home, there are many beer related adventures you can take in the city. Beer Lovers Tour Company invites you and your special someone on an all-day beer tour that explores the city while immersing you in Toronto’s rich brewing heritage. An award-winning tour, The Old Toronto Beer Tour is a unique way to see the city while enjoying some beer along the way! This is an all-inclusive full-day beer experience, with guided brewery tours, lunch, transportation and tastings. With a visit to four of Toronto’s craft breweries, this tour includes a guide through historic spots like Corktown and Fort York to give that truly intimate Toronto experience. 149$+tax/person with an option to add on a 4 course Beer Dinner for an additional 50$.
You can’t put a price on love!
Valentine’s Day is no exception when it comes to the cost of the holidays. I have also been victim to the price of love – especially when that credit card bill comes in the mail letting me know how much it really cost. If budgeting isn’t too much of a concern then these reasonably priced getaways may be something worth considering to make that flavorful impression.
Taking more than just an evening for a trip is the epitomy of celebrating the holiday. Living in Toronto or the GTA with accessibility to transportation will allow you a greater reach of events and activities. Going east or west from Toronto will land you in either Niagara or Prince Edward County wine region which is worth exploring for all wine enthusiast couples. With a little searching, it won’t be hard to find tour companies whose itinerary are filled with winery visits, tastings, guided tours, and may include a wine paired meal to end the day. If you rather do things at your own pace, many wineries do have restaurants where you can enjoy a tasting menu paired with some of the best wines they can offer.
If you do plan to stay the night and make it a weekend event, keep your eyes open for packages and deals. The Pillar-and-Post in Niagara wine region has an overnight package ready for this sort of romantic adventure which includes passes for free tastings at participating wineries, use of their spa, and a coursed dinner with wine pairing incorporated in the price of a night’s stay.
In the heart of the city!
If dinner is still necessary but you’re looking for something a little more interactive and yet still want to stay close to home, St. Lawrence Market (92-95 Front St. E) presents a Valentine’s Day evening with Beer & Food that might just be what your looking for. You and your plus one will have the opportunity to spend an evening with top chefs behind a stove, learning and cooking a meal together before you sit down and enjoy the labor of your love. Roger Mittag – Beer Enthusiast and owner of thirstforknowledge.com – will educate and inspire you as he pairs your beautifully crafted meal with the perfect craft beer. For those looking to stay in the city but want a romantic and unique experience, this is something I would recommend doing! Keep in mind its not an exclusive event, it is a class environment up to 15 participants. Price: 275$+tax/couple .
If you and your partner love this industry as much as you love each other why not do something you will both enjoy. This is a great way to keep that flame burning or maybe spark something new. Whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day, remember to keep safe and drink responsibly; but don’t forget to ferment in the idea that, like wine, your love needs time and a little patience to develop into something tasty! Cheers !