Escapism hangs in the air of this Dundas West wine bar, packed daily from noon to 2 a.m. with fresh-faced creatives who have somehow found the opportunity to sip wine during normal business hours. Natural-wine devotees will take quick stock of in-demand bottles—the list is stacked with selections from rock-star producers like Hervé Souhaut, Gut Oggau, Meinklang and Cos. Begin with a glass of bubbly before taking a trip to the Loire with five ounces of brilliant Saumur-Champigny from Domaine Bobinet, or a rosé saignée from Champagne’s original biodynamic producer, Fleury. And food should be part of the plan at any place where Jonathan Poon is involved: his double cheeseburger is delectably lowbrow, and goes well with whatever’s in your glass.
1161 Dundas St. W., 416-535-5656, parisparis.ca.