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Tap & Bottle

Bars and pubs, Wine bars Southwark
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A pared-back bar in Flat Iron Square serving wine on tap.

Serving wine from a tap has its advantages: it’s more environmentally friendly, cost-effective and keeps wine fresher for longer than when drinking by the bottle. But does it improve the taste too? Tap & Bottle – a quaint wine bar above Flat Iron Square – is putting this booze trend to the test.

Props to ultra-friendly bar manager Ned for guiding us through the 12 wines on tap, which range from red, white and rosé to sparkling and sweet. The beauty of pouring from keg, he told us, is that you can taste test the wines with ease. Naturally, we took advantage. Our favourite was a French red, one of the more expensive options by the glass but seriously smooth going down – maybe a little too smooth.

Of the decor, they’ve gone for a sort of rustic vibe – think wooden stools and floorboards, vintage-looking lamps and that quintessential modern wine bar feature, exposed brick walls. But in reality, this bar isn’t much more than a glorified pub, and its slightly stark look means it’s not really the sort of place you want to settle in for the evening. An outside terrace is the bar’s saving grace, though, and an great sun trap, too.

So yes, I’d conclude that wine on tap tastes pretty awesome. And although this bar isn’t much to look at, if you’re willing to splash some cash on impressive wine and convivial service, it’s a good spot to tap into the trend.

By: Emily Watson



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