Over the past couple of weeks, The Royce has become a solid staple in the neighbourhood.
The Royce overlooks Grand Circus Park right in the middle of the city, they’ve got a sleek, modern interior and walls lined to the brim with fantastic wines. All of them are fantastically priced too.
As part of their philosophy, the owners Angela and Ping wanted to be an inclusive community space.
That meant being affordable enough to be able to pick up a bottle on the way home from work, or grab a glass with a friend for lunch, without stressing about the price.
They don’t think wine should be any more a luxury than coffee, and we couldn’t agree more.
When you first walk in you’ll find a gorgeous half circle marble bar, designed to facilitate conversations with the unbelievably knowledgable staff. It’s actually lined with power outlets, and they encourage you to come and power through some work with a glass of wine.
Upstairs, you’ll find a cosy cave-like loft, full of cigar leather couches and vintage oriental rugs.
And a little table I love to perch at and people watch below.
My friends and I love coming up here to spend the evening catching up between bottles of wine and build-your-own charcuterie boards.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret, every Wednesday they do a free wine tasting. Yes, you heard me right – a free tasting, every bloody week.
I recommend getting down here for these, especially if you’re totally new to wine. They’re lead by the knowledgable staff, who can tell you everything from flavour profiles to funny stories about the families that grew the grapes.
This week, they mixed things up a bit with a cider tasting with the boys from Blake’s instead.
I keep an eye on their Facebook page for their weekly tastings, and other fun events like live Spanish guitar.
If you’re busy on Wednesdays, The Royce is still super affordable. You can buy wine by the glass, but most of their bottles are under $20 with a $10 corkage fee, so my friends and I always end up just splitting a bottle.
It’s worth noting that The Royce has also become the de-facto hangout for all of the French Expats living in the metro area. So conclude from that what you will.