SYNONYM is a neighborhood wine bar, café and bookshop that celebrates art, community & culture. The name reflects the shop’s many dimensions: a from-scratch kitchen focusing on local producers and farmers; a large natural wine & craft beer list; speciality coffee; and, a curated bookshop aimed at nurturing the creative community.

Tuesday - Wednesday 

Thursday - Saturday
9am - 11pm



328 James St N, Hamilton ON
Walk-ins only, no reservations

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SYNONYM is a neighborhood wine bar, café & bookshop that celebrates food, art, community & culture. The name reflects the shop’s many dimensions. 

Snacks, Bottles & Books To-Go

Free delivery in Hamilton on Tues, Wednesday & Friday on orders over $50. Next-day delivery only. Curbside pick-up available!


PICNIC FOR TWO | fresh focaccia, 3 cheese, pickled veg, honey, 1 oversize cardamom bun and a bottle of our favourite natural Rosé

Focaccia loaf | rosemary, sea salt

Cheese & Charcuterie Board | 3 incredible cheeses, saucisson sec, country pâte, pickled veg & crackers

Cheese Board | 5 incredible cheeses, pickled veg, honey & crackers


*Please note: any alcohol purchased online must be accompanied by a food item as per the AGCO regulations


Casamara Leisure Sodas

Inspired by classic Italian bitters and sodas, Detroit-based makers Casamara Club created a line of booze-free, sparkling botanical beverages. Welcome a whole new beverage category: leisure sodas!

Daydream Drinks

Canada’s first hemp-infused, adaptogenic drink. Natural flavours infused with anti-inflammatory, stress-reducing, anti-oxidation agents. Helps with balance, memory and focus. 

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE RYE COOKIE (*please add if purchasing alcohol)

Beer & Cider

Bellwoods Bellweiser Grapefruit Pilsner for some reason we can’t comprehend, we’ve been asked a few times if we serve “Coronitas” at Synonym. No, we do not. But, we do serve this citrusy pilsner that’s the embodiment of summer in a can. Not the same, but maybe you’ll come off your coronita kick when you try it.

Bellwoods Roman Candle IPA

An instant classic. This was the first IPA to be brewed at Bellwoods and it’s still a favourite. Dry-hopped at the rate of their Double IPAs, perfectly balanced, and showcasing bright citrusy aromatics.

Burdock ‘Zesté’

This sour little sacrifice to the weather Gods was hopped with Vic Secret and dosed with a pleasant quantity of hand zested + juiced Florida Key Limes and Meyer Lemons. Think a grapefruit fuzzy candy met lemon/lime-onade!

Matron Brewing ‘Deece’ PIPA

Deece has the aroma, mouthfeel and balanced bitterness of an IPA with a more mindful ABV (4%), its here to help keep things decent.

Sonnen Hill ‘Oh Me Oh My’

Table Beer, 3.5% Brewed with all Ontario grain and lightly hopped with modern hops in the kettle and the fermenter. This beer drinks like a tiny pale ale, with a delicate hop aroma, soft carb and a dry, bitter finish.

Burdock ‘NULA’

375ml pale ale, dry-hopped sour. Hard to believe that no tropical fruits were harmed in the making of this beer

Sonnen Hill ‘There & Back’

750ml Mixed-culture wheat saison brewed with aged and fresh hops, and rested in a stainless tank for 12 months. Dry hopped prior to packaging and bottle conditioned.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE RYE COOKIE (*please add if purchasing alcohol)



2017 Alta Alella ‘Bruant’ Sparkling

Xarel-Lo based natural Cava from Spain! Floral, white fruit with some subtle hazelnut & yeasty notes. Perfect for a fancy night in.

Rosé & Skin-Contact

2019 ‘A Vita Leukò

This is a perfectly balanced skin-contact wine from the coast of Calabria.70% Greco Bianco and 30% Gaglioppo. The Greco Bianco is macerated for a few hours and the Gaglioppo is vinified white after direct pressing. Dance in the moonlight and breathe in the mediterranean sea. 

Supernatural Wine Co. “Minus 220”

2019 Rachis & Derma Chardonnay

A hidden gem from Beamsville award-winning winery: Hidden Bench. They release a very small amount of natural wines under the “Rachis & Derma” label. We’re so excited to have their 45-day skin-macerated Chardonnay. This is not for the faint of heart: buckwheat honey, orange blossom and herbal tea. 


2019 Menade Verdejo

Move over Sauvignon Blanc - Verdejo is on the block! Menade works organically in Rueda to showcase the fresh and wild side of Verdejo. Dole’s fruit cup w/ extra cherries.

2018 Les Equilibristes Bouillon aux Dame

Classic (natural) Chenin: wooly, textural and creamy. Spends some time with its lees in old oak barrels. But, there’s still lots of vibrant acidity with bright lemony/golden apple notes. The perfect food wine!


2018 La Stoppa Trebbiolo

There is nothing quite like La Stoppa. Located in Emilia-Romagna, Elena Pantaleoni works exclusively with native grapes: Barbera & Bonarda for her reds. A fascinating wine truly reflective of the terroir and landscape where the grapes grow; savoury herbs, sweet leather and red fruit. 

2017 Folk Machine Parts & Labour Red

Folk Machine was created in 2005 by Kenny Likitprakong for his range of esoteric Cali wines. A blend of Barbera, Carignan, Grenache & Syrah. This wine has the perfect fruit-to-acid balance, with gobs of red cherry and black raspberry fruit with cracked pepper and warm earth overtone. Bring to your next BBQ. 

2016 Grange of PEC Cabernet Franc

Coming from Prince Edward County from Maggie Granger. Delightful medium-bodied Cab Franc with notes of mulberries, dried roses and green pepper. Drink by the fire while the sun sets.

2016 Alfredo Arribas Gotes del Priorat

Catalonia's superstar, Alfredo Arribas was a nationally renowned architect before shifting his focus to farming and winemaking fifteen years ago. He now makes some of the purest, high altitude wines in Spain. 50% Carignan / 50% Grenache 8 months in French Oak.

2019 Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams

From Testalonga winery: 100% Carignan from Craig Hawkins in the Swartland. Natural wine made with young grapes for fresh and precise cherry and raspberry flavours. Balanced, grippy and full of life!

2019 Occhipinti SP68 Rosso

Made by the glorious Arianna Occhipinti - a blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato from southern Sicily. Over the past ten years, Arianna has really come into her own and makes some of the most elegant and complex wines we’ve tried. Wild cherries, plum and mulberry with hints of flowers and smoke. Elegant and fresh.  

Gifts & Books

Noble Rot: Issue 21

Noble Rot: Issue 20

Noble Rot: Issue 17

Noble Rot: Issue 14

Noble Rot: Issue 13

The Wine Zine: Issue 03

Featuring Elena Pantaleoni (La Stoppa), Sam Youkilis, Grape Republic (Japan), Fattoria al Fiori (Japan), Psychic Wines, Thom Eagle, Alexis Schwartz, Dike Blair, and more.