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Leslieville is losing its cutest date spot

(Image: Swirl Wine Bar/Facebook)

(Image: Swirl Wine Bar/Facebook)

Swirl Wine Bar, the only place in Toronto to sip wine while snacking on Alice in Wonderland jars of paté and pickled eggs, is closing. Owners Sean Baillie and Janean Currie announced the news on the bar’s website earlier this week, leaving customers with this characteristically whimsical nugget of wisdom: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” Swirl’s reality comes to a close at the end of the month. In the meantime, anyone looking to outfit their apartment with tinkly chandeliers and rickety Singer sewing tables should head to Swirl’s Facebook page, where the bar’s furnishings are being listed for sale. Swirl fans have until June 27 to sneak in one last girls’ night or board-gaming session. [Via The Grid]

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Best Bars: The place to go for a wine-drenched girls’ night out on Queen East

Best Bars: Swirl Wine Bar

Swirl Wine Bar
946 1/2 Queen St. E., 647-351-5453
It’s fitting that the name of Queen East’s best wine bar rhymes with girl—the second-floor nook is done up in black and pink damask and beloved by groups of women spending a night away from husbands and babies and chatting about same. The wines are affordable (most bottles are in the $30 range) and fun, like one sexy syrah described as “George Clooney and Salma Hayek in a glass.” Rich snacks, like the duck and pork rillettes in petite Mason jars, are justifiably popular.

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Best Bars: Toronto’s top six places to cozy up with a glass of wine

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Just in time for Easter, a photographic tour of Toronto’s exceptional—and unusual—egg creations

Soignée Catering’s deconstructed BLT features a perfect 64-degree egg

Nutrient-dense, endlessly versatile, yet Platonically simple, eggs are truly one of nature’s perfect foods. While many chefs consign the simple orbs to breakfast servitude, others in Toronto bring them front and centre, whether in traditional dishes or more innovative concoctions. Here, 10 of the city’s most beautiful and delicious egg dishes.

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