Shoreditch has long been known as the creative hub of London’s East, with an array of wine bars, restaurants and entertainment. If you love wine and a good vibe, then you should mosey on down to Bottles Wine Bar.
Fancy a drink or two after work? Head to Bottles Wine Bar in East London – 67 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
The bar itself is a rustic space complete with wooden counters, brick enclaves and leather seats. The dimly lit globes on low hanging chords create the perfect mood lighting. There is a small outdoor alfresco area overlooking the market perfect for balmy, summer evenings. You can also hire out the downstairs function area if you want to host a private event.
Where Bottles really stands out as a wine bar is the fact that it offers a lot more than your average wine bar. Not only do they hold themed wine tasting events, they often have live music and DJ’s. Different DJ’s can be found spinning awesome tunes in the corner every Wednesday night. This makes it the perfect place for a fun night out with friends, work colleagues or even a date! This, in my opinion, is where a lot of wine venues fall short. They don’t branch out and offer a range of exciting events nor do they enhance the vibe with live music.
While most wine bars tend to offer the classic cheese and charcuterie boards, Bottles Wine Bar strive to offer something unique in terms of a food and wine experience. They have teamed up with Italian Restaurant, Sood, to create small but stylish, flavoursome regional Italian style tapas and dishes. They are constantly delving deeper into what wine pairs well with each dish in order to bring you a better experience.
Their menu is seasonal and it’s nice to know they support suppliers who are strict on where they source their ingredients. They also have a sustainable approach in their kitchen due to a zero waste policy which they adhere to which is great to see. Everything they cook is 100% fresh everyday and they utilise every single part of their ingredients (including the not so appealing parts), by creating a stock for example, or simply being more creative to ensure no wastage.
Just as the name suggests, Bottles is home to a wide array of eclectic, interesting wines with a heavy focus on Italian wines. With a list of over 200 wines, most of which have been sourced from smaller, independent winemakers as well as mostly organic and bio-dynamic, there is something for everyone.
All the staff at Bottles are Sommeliers’ who are, pardon the pun, full bottle on all things wine. My partner and I started off with two white wines. Firstly, I opted for the ‘Albarino Lagar De Costa 2016′ from Rias Baixas in Spain which is from a small family run vineyard on the shores of the Atlantic. A fresh wine with structure and elegance and notes of white peaches, fresh herbs and apple blossom. I was happy with my first selection! Paired with a creamy, delicious Carbonara complete with crispy bacon, went down a treat.
My partner’s first choice was an Italian wine ‘Il Terraio Paterna 2017 Italy Toscana’. This is a dry and crisp Organic Malvasia and Trebbiano blend, filled with Tuscan sunshine, aromatic fruits, a floral nose and refreshing palate. This is certified organic and the winemakers are also experimenting with biodynamic practices. The wine had undergone stainless steel fermentation with indigenous yeasts and very low levels of sulphur, pairing very nicely with food. I learnt that Paterna is a very tiny vineyard comprising of three farmers who share their land. As well as producing great wines, they also produce olive oil, strawberries and seasonal vegetables.
Next up, I tried the Erbaluce Di Caluso ‘Cariola’ Ferrando’ 2016 from the Italian wine region Piedmont. This is a dry, mineral driven, crisp white wine. Delicious! My partner’s second choice was a glass of the The Castello Di Castellengo Rosso Della Motta which he ordered to pair nicely with his Spaghetti Al Amatriciana. 90% Nebbiolo grapes, fermented for six months’ in a combination of cement tanks and oak barrels, this Italian red wine was very good.
Overall, my partner and I had a fantastic Sunday afternoon kicking back and watching the world go by. We wined and dined on a unique and tasty selection of what Bottles Wine Bar had to offer. The food, the wine, the service and the vibe all were fantastic, making for a perfect afternoon and would highly recommend. We will be back that’s for sure!