Gone are the days of old man boozers occupying every second corner across the country. Over the last 10 years we have seen many a gastro pub be opened and more recently boutique wine bars becoming all the rage. The number of wine bars in London is growing rapidly as there is a preference for people to go out for a glass of wine and some tapas rather than having a carb heavy full plated meal. Whether it’s their laid back atmosphere or the fact wine is becoming Savage [excuse the pun], wine bars are tapping into this by offering a great selection of wines by the glass alongside attractive menus full of delicious plates to share with your pals.
If you are not sure which style of wines you like then seeking out good wine bars might be right up your alley. They will have a vast selection of wines to choose from, sourced from several different countries, offered by the glass. Most wine bars will allow you to ask for a small sample of a particular wine in order to taste it before you order a glass or bottle to share. This is a great way to find your ‘go to’ wine by discovering and comparing the different styles.
Today drinking wine is an experience, one to be done in the company of friends and family where people discuss and share their opinions. With such a growing thirst for this concept, and interest in the tipple, the wine bar scene is not surprisingly booming, with an array of new wine bars opening their doors across the country every month.
Below are our favourite wine bars in London:
[source: Vinoteca website]
The pioneers of the wine bar scene in London. They opened their first site back in 2005. Vinoteca is one of the most famous wine bars in the city with six locations. The wine list is extensive but very consumer friendly. The food is great with fresh ingredients and new recipes available on a regular basis. They run a special promotion on Mondays when you can get any bottle at shop price instead of the regular restaurant price. An online shop is also available. If you are looking for a more intimate atmosphere, our favourite site is in Chiswick.
This is a great wine bar located very close to buzzing Covent Garden in the city. This place is unique because it only ever buys 10 cases of each wine, hence the idea behind the name. The wine on offer is always new and exciting and you can find delicious tapas paired with a full menu with more substantial dishes. The outlet also has a bottle shop next door with a more relaxed menu offering. The outside space is great to feel the vibe of Central London, specially if you are thinking to spend some time in the area for shopping or going to the theatre.
Oak N4 is in the heart of Finsbury Park in North London. It’s literally less than five minutes walk from the station. This is a charming wine bar that also doubles as a wine shop. It has a great selection of wines, with 20% of them organic. The food is delicious with all the ingredients coming directly from Italy and Spain. We can highly recommend the mixed platters, sardines and mussels. The bar runs monthly interactive wine events with a focus on different topics starting from £15 per person. There is no minimum spend if you want to book a private function on Sundays.
KENSINGTON WINE ROOMS
This is a stylish wine bar located in North Kensington only a few minutes from Notting Hill. Since this place opened its doors in 2009 lots of things has changed in the area. The wine list is extensive with over 150 labels. There is a bar area with high stools where the enomatic wine dispensers are located with 40 wines by glass available! If you are looking to taste a tiny portion of a very expensive wine this is the best place. The cuisine has a focus on contemporary British with a slight Mediterranean influence.
Another classic in Central London not far from Charing Cross station. The wine selection is amazing with lots of organic and natural wines. Go and experience the laid back atmosphere and mediterranean dishes which originate from France, Italy and Spain. The cheese and meat boards are delicious, and what ever you do don’t miss out one the pate. Great place to taste wines from small independent growers, old vintages and some rare gems. Booking is essential if you plan on going with a group or during busy periods over the weekend.
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