A former wine pop-up finds a perm home in Tooting Market.
Being packed to the rafters on a Tuesday evening is a feat rarely accomplished by bars of a similar nature to Unwined, a wine bar in Tooting’s ramshackle Broadway Market. It’s not the most spacious spot for a drink – we were initially seated by the market’s fish chillers – but amazingly, I never once felt cramped. It’s lovely and buzzy, and totally relaxed as far as wine bars go. ‘Tidy mess’ would be an apt way to describe the setting, sympathetic to its market surroundings and pop-up roots with framed paintings adorning the mucky-looking walls and quirky fridge magnets fashioning a homely feel.
Of the wine, let’s just say they know a thing or two when it comes to the good stuff – I even spied our waitress having a cheeky swig. There’s regular wine tastings, a unique selection of bottles to go and a new theme to the list each month. On our visit, that theme was ‘geeks and nerds’; a pretty lame concept in theory, but a great touch in practice. Our light and juicy Pinotage was dubbed a chemistry lesson due to two grapes bonding to produce it. Getting clued up while you drink up? I like it. I like it a lot.
With chefs in Thursday to Sunday (the Raclette Brothers when we stopped by) but nibbles served every day, we tucked into a cheese board to compliment the vino. A mild Waterloo was squidgy-soft, but the truffle Pecorino stole the show: both elegant and fragrant, it puts other truffle-infused fare to shame.
Perhaps it’s that Unwined brims with genuine character, or that the staff are so jovial you almost forget they’re staff at all (at one point we were gassing about Bumble dates, at another, pesto) or maybe it’s just the top-notch wine that has earned this bar such a loyal following. Whatever it is, I’ll be back. Even if it’s just for another slab of that truffle cheese.
|Venue name:||Unwined in Tooting||Contact:|
21-23 Tooting High St
|Transport:||Tube: Tooting Broadway|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
- 5 star:31
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
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Could not have enough good things to say about this place.
Fantastic staff, a great wine selection (which should go without saying) and a different guest chef each month with consistently delicious offerings that means there is always reason to visit regularly.
And if that wasn’t enough, they have now added a Sunday bottomless deal into the mix.
Despite it’s size, Unwined has so much charm that makes it an absolute must-go for anyone who’s in the Tooting area.
Amazing wine choices and regularly changing guest chef and wine list, with well trained and friendly staff. Love it
Temping and tantalising wines chosen by an expert team and paired with pop-up dining. What more could you want?!
Interesting wines, great wine tastings, guest kitchens, bottomless brunch, lovely staff, need I say more...
Unique place, a little gem in Tooting - the team is so friendly and knowledgeable and makes you discover wonderful wines. They host chefs with a different menu every month and the food is always amazing... and paired with wines! We absolutely LOVE that place!
A hidden gem in Tooting Market. Different chefs every month with a themed menu and delicious wines to enjoy in or takeaway. The owners Kiki and Laura are brilliant hosts
Amazing wines (of course), a different guest chef every 6 weeks, and super passionate about everything they do
Love this place!
Great little wine shop, come wine bar, come supper club venue. Wonderful wines, great atmosphere and good food.
I love the enthusiasm of the girls who run this charming place set amongst the tat of Tooting market. They are knowledgable about the wines they choose and make the whole thing an experience. There is an ever changing menu of delicious food from different countries.
This place IS THE PLACE to be in Tooting! Friendly and acknowledgeable staff, chilled atmosphere but mostly the best picked wines around the world. Love it!
Fabulous up and coming market. Fantastic unusual wine choices. Food changes monthly with a pop up chef which will also match the wine choices. Child friendly and staff are attentive.
Quite simply the best wine bar in South London. Wonderful atmos and service so friendly keep going back again and again.
The newest but most fantastic addition to Tooting. Situated in the market there's a great atmosphere on Friday/ Saturday nights in the bar. The pop-up food offer is always unusual and varied and of course the wine! So much to choose from with a great team who are delighted to guide you in making a great choice!
This is a fabulous little wine shop, bar and kitchen and a welcome addition to Tooting and the Market. Their wines change monthly, as does the cuisine that accompanies them. Laura and Kiki who own and run the shop work tirelessly to make wine accessible, unpretentious and most of all, fun! Always welcoming and a great place for a quick glass or a whole evening out.
What a great way to UNWINED after browsing the stalls in Tooting . The wines of the non supermarket variety are enthusiastically described and and if you are hungry paired with delicious tapas prepared right in front of you. On the street, covered and cosy with the world to watch going by but no traffic. Great for an after school get together or dinner without the restaurant formality...or bill! I found it easy to go to on my own as you don't have to actually walk in anywhere, you just sit down or prop up the bar and be part of the market scene.
Right in the heart of Tooting Market and in my mind has honestly brought the vibe to the market. Both owners are friendly, passionate about their topic and has fantastic range of wines. I feel like I have stepped into someone's lounge when I arrive and everyone makes you feel welcome. Has really made me fall more inlove with my Town.
Excellent wines and staff have great knowledge. Very friendly with lots of wine tasting and pairing events.
This is a cracking little wine bar and a brilliant addition to the Tooting food and drink scene.
The wines are always fascinatingly different, the innovative selection made by the two owners, who are hugely friendly and endlessly knowledgeable.
The monthly rotation of food styles also contributes to the freshness of the venue.
If you like wine to any degree, and live in South London, this is a must-visit. And, as it's a wine shop too, you can take away as many bottles as you like.
A truly unique venue in the heart of an ever changing landscape of tooting. Bringing a vibrancy to the market scene. Great food and wine that tests your knowledge and senses. Love it!
Brilliant little new place with an interesting array of wines, all served up with a smile. Evening food is tasty and varied too.