Top 10 Best Wine Bars in London
Terriors specialises in rare and biodynamic wines, that's where the vineyard plants with cycles of the moon or uses herbal sprays on the grapes. Nevermind that, though, because this wine bar is where wine buffs can get stuck into a brilliant selection with the guru-like staff. The house wines are quaffable and a bargain by the glass. Food - rustic, seasonal, inspired by France - is recommended, you can order a full dinner or just plates of curated charcuterie and cheese (you can curate cheese: dream career). Red wine, sour dough and lumps of oozing cheese: heaven.
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Holborn: Boasting 18,000 bottles in their five cellars, Vivat Bacchus specialises in South African wines but also offers bottles from France, Spain and the New World. Their regular Monday night Wine Club is perfect for those looking to learn more on the subject (or indeed those looking for an excuse to drink early in the week), though booking in advance is necessary.
Established in 1890, Gordon's is a bar with staying power, and judging by how busy it gets, even early on in the week, it's not going anywhere just yet. Largely underground, London's oldest wine bar is cavernous and candlelit with an unrivalled selection of wines. Spooky and atmospheric it's packed with character as well as customers. The wine and the food are basic but it's good fun to go for a romantic, candlelit smooch. Arrive early, it gets busy.
This hidden gem wine bar, tucked away in North Fitzrovia near Great Portland Street Tube station, is a cosy little hideaway where wine lovers can find a stool and a home for the evening amongst kindred spirits. With 250 bins to choose from, each from small independent producers, many organic or biodynamic, The Remedy will certainly keep you busy. Be sure to chat with Danny at the bar before making your choices. He will guide you on your very excellent adventure.
This Greek Street wine and cocktail bar offers the most innovative pricing structure for enjoying bottles of wine with a flat fee of £20 per bottle whether you order red or white wine or even a bottle of Prosecco. They have tried more than 250 bottles of wine to come up with this well-balanced menu. They also offer charcuterie and cheese boards to accompany the wine. On the 1st floor is their speciality cocktail bar.
Symbolic of the creeping gentrification on Hackney Road, Sager + Wilde is an impeccably tasteful wine bar that ticks all the right boxes. Exposed brick walls, a cast-iron bar, reclaimed station lights and a Spartan arrangement of wine bottles - the venue practically screams refinement and restraint. It also stocks a considerable and ever-changing collection of wines, sold by the glass or bottle, from around the world. Some spirits, local beers and excellent bar snacks (from Androuet among others) have been thrown in for good measure, but the venue is all about the glory of the grape, in an unlikely location.
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Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (CVS) Seven Dials is the latest exciting addition to Covent Garden's eating and drinking establishments. The wine bar is the newest offering from the Experimental Cocktail Group, the guys behind the insanely popular Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC) in London, New York and Paris. CVS offer an extensive wine list which changes on a weekly basis and features wines from independent producers all around the globe. As well as that, CVS also serves lunch and dinner, with a menu influenced by French flavours using locally sourced British ingredients.
Opposite the heaving behemoth of tapas megopolis, Camino, is its plucky little brother Bar Pepito. Tiny and cosy, it has barrel tables and a leg of jamon on the bar that will make you feel like you're in sunny Seville no matter how rainy the streets of Kings Cross might be. The short wine list is 100% Spanish but the real wine action here is fortified: sherry. From salty Manzanilla to Christmas pudding in a glass Pedro Ximinez, these little glasses will banish any bad memories of Granny's Bristol Cream. You can even book a barrel ahead, which you might need to as Bar Pepito is often busy with people enjoying plates of authentic tapas, pretending they're in Spain.