Top 10 Wine By the Glass Bars & Restaurants in London
This cosy, quirky restaurant near Clapham Common (Junction side) is also a wine school and a wine shop. There are regular wine tastings, live music, and more than 400 wines on the wine list to choose from. The food menu consists of brunch (unlimited prosecco with your egg, chorizo and Parmentier potatoes?), bar snack, small plates, big plates and plates that are really meant to be shared. But then this is a sharing kind of place so make sure you bring a friend, a loved one, or an intended loved one. The wines by the glass include sparkling, white, red, rose and port and range in price from £7 up to £20+ per glass. Go on, pick something that you've never tried before. Live a little!
London Bridge & Bermondsey
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An Enomatic wine experience for lovers, the ornate French brasserie bar set on the banks of the Thames, overlooking Tower Bridge, is ideal for those taking a romantic stroll with that special someone, especially as a live pianist plays jazz classics. The master sommelier is an erstwhile winner of the Best Wine List and Sommelier of the Year at the Tatler Restaurant Awards. The wine list has also previously won Champagne List of the Year at the Louis Roederer Wine List of The Year Awards. 6 reds, 6 whites, a rose, and 3 sweet wines are available.
This hidden gem bar and small plate kitchen has six whites, six reds, a rose and a prosecco by the glass on its chalk board. Not a bad offering, but what if you need more? Well, couple together the Cellar Reds and the Cellar Whites (20 of each; all rare and independent producers) from the wine list, and the clever Coravin device which allows you to buy half bottles without pulling the cork, and you and your party have yourself a very interesting by the glass scenario to share around the table.
This cosy Spanish-themed bar near King's Cross sells not wine but sherry via its Enomatic system, alongside a fine selection of cured meats (Ibericos) and cheese (quesos). They even recommend which sherry should be paired with each plate of food. A huge success when it comes to bringing an authentic Andalusia taste to London.
The Wine Parlour is a buzzing wine shop, bar and tasting room in Brixton where you can drink in or buy to take away. There are always at least 18 wines available to drink by the glass and pichet and everything on the shelf is available to drink in by the bottle for a corkage fee of £10. You can also sample premium wines from the Enomatic Wine Preservation Machine. A small food menu includes locally sourced, artisan bread, cheese and charcuterie - carefully selected to complement the wine.
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Housed in the magnificently restored St Pancras Station building and comprising of a wine bar, gourmet deli and a restaurant. Twenty wines are served by the glass and the staff are as knowledgeable as they are charming. So grab a sample of your favorite tipple and sit back and watch the world go by. You can even hire out the entire venue and have your own private wine bar for the evening.
Most venues hide their Enomatic wine-by-the-glass system behind the bar, where nobody but the bar staff can touch it. Here, though, the wine system is on display in the centre f the bar so that wine lovers can walk around it, make observations, and listen to the in-depth knowledge of the sommelier. There are 8 reds and 8 whites to choose from at Golden Arrow bar in the Pullman Hotel near Euston and St Pancras station, all coming in 50ml, 125ml and 175ml measures, depending on how much you want to spend. And you will spend: one exceptional wine is £27 for a 175ml glass. Once in a lifetime opportunity to sample!
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This intriguingly named pub overlooks the Thames and boasts a fabulous selection of world beers and cocktails as well as over 100 sommelier selected wines. Of these, 40 are served using the Enomatic system and punters are encouraged to try before they buy. To compliment the extensive wine list, the Star and Garter also lays claim to a walk-in cheese maturing room where you can pop in and check out their vast selection of artisan cheeses from Spain, England and France. Well, if they insist. Be sure to check out their Victorian ballroom too.