The idea of a traditional wine bar has, thankfully, changed for the better over a recent years and London is now brimming with cool bars specialising in small producers, biodynamic or organic wines, and pairing each glass with good quality food.
Read on for our guide to the best wine bars in London.
Tucked away on a quiet street just off Regent Street, Antidote is an all-day wine bar with a menu of charcuterie, cheese and small plates, with a first floor ‘proper’ restaurant upstairs, which is open for lunch and dinner.
The wine list is largely from France, but it focuses solely on smaller producers of biodynamic and organic wines. The space has a fairly industrial look of bare wood tables and steel chairs, with some tables on a terrace outside.
The Remedy, Fitzrovia
The Remedy is a convivial and cosy neighbourhood wine bar, just a few minutes from Great Portland Street.
Inspired by the traditional enotecas of Spain and Italy, The Remedy features an excellent wine list and a short European menu of charcuterie, cheese and Oysters.
The wines here are sourced from small independent producers and range from old world classics to up and coming young producers.
The Truscott Cellar, Belsize Park
This September saw the launch of The Truscott Cellar, a 60-cover contemporary wine bar with food from chef Aidan McGee. This is the second venture from Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick, owners of The Truscott Arms gastropub in Maida Vale.
The downstairs bar is sleek and sexy with its low lighting and intimate seating arrangements. The mezzanine is available for parties of up to 30 people, or the whole venue can be hired for private parties for up to 150.
Shepherd Market Wine House, Mayfair
Shepherd Market Wine House has undergone a major refurbishment after opening as a pop-up in November 2015 for 6 weeks, re-opening at the end of February.
Up to 20 wines, including sparkling and Champagne, are served by the glass with platters of cheese, olives, pate, terrines and charcuterie to share.
The venue comprises a wine retail space with a tasting area and seating for 16-18 on the ground floor and tables outside. There is an intimate semi-private tasting room for 8 alongside a seating area for 12 – 14 in the cellar.
Verden, East London
This beautiful, understated wine bar and restaurant is tucked away in Clapton, East London, but serves some very sophisticated wines.
Verden‘s wine list is an eclectic list featuring lots of young, energetic winemakers from little known wine regions around the world and with a huge number of varieties available by the glass.
Wines are also available to take away at retail prices.
The Providores and Tapa Room
With Europe’s largest New Zealand wine list and being Peter Gordon’s flagship venue in London, this is always a popular spot for a glass of wine.
The Tapa Room is open all day and serves a huge selection of NZ wines by the glass accompanied by stylish and tasty small plates from an extensive all-day fusion menu.
Sager & Wilde, East London
Sager & Wilde is a sleek wine bar on Hackney Road offering a daily-changing selection of wines by the bottle or glass at reasonable prices.
The friendly, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and the excellent range of wines make this bar a destination for wine lovers.
The bar also offers a small food menu offering a changing set of small plates.
A second outpost on Paradise Row has a great terrace for outdoor dining.
Terroirs, Covent Garden
Established in 2008, Terroirs is a rustic-French inspired wine bar located near Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Station. The wine list is extensive and includes mostly organic and biodynamic wines.
The daily written menu more than lives up to the quality of wines on offer; former Chiltern Firehouse Head Chef, Dale Osborne, rustles up a changing list of small plates and plats du jour.
10 Cases, Covent Garden
10 Cases is a small, unpretentious Bistrot in Covent Garden with wine as its main focus.
Reminiscent of a typical French wine bar – wooden chairs and tables spill on to the pavement beneath a wide blue awning – the bar is small, simple and always buzzing from the chatter of the drinkers.
There is a decent food menu comprising of three starters, mains and desserts, as well as a list of daily specials with a wide-ranging menu of little plates to have at the bar.
The restaurant only ever buys 10 cases of wine so there are always new wines to try.
28°-50°, Various Locations
28°-50° has three establishments – Fetter Lane, Maddox Street and Marylebone – each featuring over 30 carefully chosen wines, available by the glass, carafe or bottle, as well as a seasonally changing modern European menu.
Vagabond is both a wine shop and wine bar so, you can pop in to buy a bottle (or a case!) to take away or you can stay and enjoy a glass of wine with a platter of cheese and charcuterie.
The difference between Vagabond and other wine bars is that they have a 100 or so wines on tap, which means you can get a sample of wine (25ml) or a glass of wine (125ml) from any of the 100 wines.
The New Zealand Cellar in Pop Brixton
Wine shop and retailer, The New Zealand Cellar, has launched its first wine bar in Pop Brixton, making it the first wine bar in the UK to exclusively serve wines produced in New Zealand.
The wine bar has seating for 20 guests and it is also available for private hire for tastings and events for up to 30 guests.
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