Best bars in London - Wine bars
Time Out's guide to the best bars in London with outstanding wine lists
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Red, white, sparkling, dry - whatever you fancy there are plenty of bars serving great wine in the capital. From stylish wine bars to vino taverns, our critics' have rounded up the best bars in London with outstanding wine lists. Think we've missed a great wine bar in London? Let us know in the comment box below.
London's best wine bars
This exciting collaboration between sommelier Xavier Rousset and executive chef Agnar Sverrisson (their second, following haute cuisine restaurant Texture) is focused on wine, but has much more attention on food than the average wine bar.
Read 28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen review
- 140 Fetter Lane, EC4A 1BT
Tucked away in a courtyard accessible via an alley at the foot of Pentonville Road, this rustic, Andalucían-themed bar is dedicated to sherry. With room for only four or five tables, all shaped from sherry casks, it’s a tiny place – so small, in fact, that the toilet is across the road at Camino (run by the same folks) – but no less appealing for its lack of size.
Read Bar Pepito review
- Varnishers Yard, (Regents Quarter), N1 9FD
Something seems awry at the clubby wine-bar adjunct of the usually reliable Gascon operation. Its banquette cushions are sagging, and the veneer is wearing thin on its tables.
Read Cellar Gascon review
- 59 West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS
KWR is thoroughly modern in using dispensers to keep wine fresh for longer, so allowing single glasses to be served and thus facilitating experimentation.
Read Kensington Wine Rooms review
- 127-129 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LP
- Rated as: 4/5
With its good looks and pooch-friendly policies, this Hoxton wine bar (a Shoreditch pop-up gone permanent) has plenty going for it. Not to mention a flat-rate £20 mark-up per bottle.
- 193 Hackney Road, E2 8JL
Terroirs positions itself as an evangelist for natural wines, but is equally valued for the quality of its informal French cooking and its buzzy atmosphere.
Read Terroirs review
- 5 William IV Street, WC2N 4DW
We’re big fans of this small wine bar and shop, and we’re not alone. The no-bookings policy in the evening means it’s first come, first served, and such is Vinoteca’s reputation for interesting wine and food at very acceptable prices, there’s always a queue.
Read Vinoteca review
- 7 St John Street, EC1M 4AA
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