Evelyn A. - Yelp certified - said it best in July 2013, "when you're looking for a humid backyard garage to fill with your friends, look no further." We have been obsessed with Menalon, conveniently located at Bloor and Shaw, from the moment we happened upon it almost 7 years ago. We would like you to admire its facade, below.
When you entered you were met by a Greek couple as old as time who would happily fill a plastic pitcher of light beer to the brim as you awaited your saganaki, flaming cheese. Inside, the bright harsh lights were privy to many moments in time, though perhaps the jewel of menalon lay in its back patio, which felt like your uncle's garage in scarborough, but in downtown Toronto. What we mean is, it was perfect.
Nicole had a wild dream of throwing a natural wine party here since the first days of Grape Witches. We finally started seriously thinking about how to convince them to let us take it over when we heard it had been bought. Naturally, we were exceptionally devastated, Menalon being a refuge for second dates you weren't ready to introduce to all your friends for a good half a century. We sulked through their renovations, only to find ourselves wrong. Yes, we'll say it louder. We were wrong OKAY. Menalon had an incredible run, but then Paradise Grapevine was born. The brain child of Christian Davis and David Everett, Paradise Grapevine is not only a name we wish we thought of, but also a nice place with exceptionally nice natural wine and beer.
So then our favourite place was combined with our favourite drinks and we were like OKAYYYYYYY now we reallyyyyyy have to throw a party.
We are so so super excited to announce our MENALON LIVES natural wine back-2-school party at Paradise Grapevine on Thursday September 13th.
We will have an education hour going through six of our favourite natural wines from 7-8 pm. Tickets for that here. The party will kick off at 8 pm and go till 1 am featuring some amazing wine that we private ordered from around the world. Things like 2naturkindr, weingut brand, le coste and francois st-lo. They are here. We have one case of everything. We want to share them with you.
In October we have some very big and wild and FUN events, but this one is all about an intimate space sharing small amounts of some of the most special wine we have been able to feature yet. UGH YEAH.
It's going to be good. Greek snacks. Natural wine. Very good music. Summer isn't over yet, get into our backyard.