Sangria made its North American debut at the 1964 World’s Fair in NYC and has since become a summer staple. While making your own sangria can be super fun and satisfying, all that chopping, dicing and slicing is exhausting so why not leave it to the professionals. Here are some great options for sipping sangria in Toronto.
The Drake Hotel
On Queen west at the very top of the Drake Hotel, the Sky Yard patio is one of the most perfect places in the city to enjoy this summery drink. By the glass (or mason jar, rather) or the pitcher, The Drake offers both red and white varieties. If you’re looking for more of a buzz, the white is spiked with Tromba tequila.
Playa Cabana’s newest outpost, Barrio Coreano on Bloor is infused with Korean influences unlike its older siblings. If you’re looking for sangria with a twist, look no further than the Soju Sangria.
If people watching and sangria are two of your favourite things, this is the place for you. Located on Roncesvalles, you won’t find prices like this at any of its neighbours. Enhance your sangria with Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Peach Schnapps, melon or brandy.
It may not have the biggest patio in the city, but you don’t need to be outdoors to enjoy pitcher upon pitcher of sangria at this College and Bathurst joint. Whether you fancy red or white, at $4.75 a pint and $14.50 a pitcher on Sundays, the price is right; so why not try both?
Milagro’s got you covered for sangria with three locations in Toronto: Mercer St. (John and Wellington), Yonge and Lawrence, and at Queen and Manning. They also have three sangria options to choose from. “La Gringa” packs a boozy punch with red wine, Mescal, and Jack Daniels. Be sure to check out the cozy patio at the Queen location.
(Main photo: Divya Thakur)