Take 5: (Unswanky) Wine Bars

Somewhere in the fabric of time, the term ‘wine bar’ picked up a negative association. Lets blame it on bankers ‘cos it’s easier that way, but it became synonymous with, to use a horrible word, swanky. Thankfully there is a strong current pushing wine bars back to their rightful place in our hearts. Below we bring  you the new breed; the egalitarian and social wine bars of London.

Bar TozinoLassco Ropewalk, Maltby Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3PA- You may have noticed, we take every opportunity to plug Bar Tozino. There are no vested interests, we assure you, we just love it. Wedged under the Maltby Street arches, their short but perfectly selected wine list is accompanied by London’s finest selection of Iberico Jamon.

Sager & Wilde193 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, E2 8JL- Here is the poster child for London’s new wine scene. In fact, here is the poster child for London’s entire hospitality industry. Open for barely six months, Sager & Wilde is the best looking wine bar to open since Gordon’s in 1890. It is ludicrously affordable and the staff are so eager to share their extensive knowledge that it’s almost impossible to leave without learning something.

Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels- 8-10 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP- We told you all about CDVS last week. As you would expect from the team behind Experimental Cocktail Club, the staff are supremely knowledgable. Within the seclusion of Neal’s Yard this is one of most idyllic outdoor seating areas in Central London and what’s more, your eyes don’t deceive you, Spring is on its way.

Terroirs- 5 William IV Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 4DW- Some research is required to make the most of Terroirs. The wine list is available online and we would encourage anyone intending to visit to make use of this resource. It’s 30 pages long. Sounds like a lot of hard work? Think of it this way. You’ll be just as drunk as you were at university but it’s a damn slight cheaper and you’ll learn a lot more.

Quality chop house- 92-94 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, EC1R 3EA- In a list that champions London’s nouveau wine scene, you may be slightly surprised to see a restaurant that opened its doors in 1869. However, recent management has pushed the Wine Bar right into the upper echelons. GM Will Lander is probably sick of reading this but when you’re the son of Jancis Robinson (sommelier for the bloomin’ Queen) you’re basically blue blooded.


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