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Vagabond Wines – CLOSED

Bars and pubs, Wine bars Spitalfields
4 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)

Time Out says

This branch of Vagabond Wines has now closed. Time Out Food editors, Dec 2018.

Vagabond Wines – CLOSED says
We are an award-winning, independent wine shop and 'enoteca'. With 100 wines on tap, we offer a self-serve wine experience to encourage you to discover great wines. Artisanal platters, small plates and lunch specials served daily. Get in touch for more info on bookings, tastings and events.

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Address: 67 Brushfield St
London
E1 6AA
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

It's a great idea: buy an oyster-style card but the only destination is inebriation! The selection of wines is impressive and you can choose from a small splash to a full glass of whatever's on offer. Plus any credit you don't spend on your card is fully refundable before you leave.


The only downsides are a lot of the wines on offer said they were empty even when they clearly weren't, so the impressive array of bottles hooked up to the dispensers ended up being cut by about 25%. A lot of the wines are really good, but the prices are still high for many of them; so much so that you may want to stick to full glasses of the cheaper ones (thereby cutting the selection further).


The good looking crowd is young (no red nosed old wine buffs here) and the ambience oozes cool. With so many wines on offer, tasting notes and flavours to compare you're unlikely to run out of conversation so it's definitely worth a visit during your next Tinder date. Definitely beats the pub.

tastemaker

Well this is a lot of fun! Wandering around the glass cases and taking your time to select a wine was a brilliant experience. Each bottle had an accompanying description, a couple of price options and even a small tasting option for a minimal fee. It was nice to try a few different varieties whilst enjoying the buzzing atmosphere. The staff were lovely and helpful and though we didn't try any ourselves, the food on offer looked delicious too. Will definitely be returning very soon!

tastemaker

Disappointing, have wanted to try Vagabond for a while, the concept in a nutshell..... self service wine from a pre paid card. On arrival I stocked up on 40 pounds credit and was delighted to be able to get in on a busy Tuesday evening. However following my money readily been taken when I tried to find a seat all the tables were reserved???? Not exactly very good customer service, and was informed I could perch facing the wall on a 10 cm wide ledge whilst condescendingly been called madarrrrmmmeee constantly. No thank you Vagabond, rather cheeky, and a massive kerfuffle for the refund, still not had the money back on my card. My advise .... do ask if they have a table first before you hand your money over. Booking highly advisable.

tastemaker

A casual spot for wine lovers who gets confused looking down a fancy wine list. 

Not only is there a large selection, the descriptions for each bouquet were  helpful and makes interesting tasting conversation. Unfortunately we did not spend enough time to try a large range, will definitely be returning for more!

tastemaker

Wine by the glass is fun, when you get to try all the wines! This wine bar come shop is a fun place to sample as many wines as you like, pour your own wines from the range of tasting machines using a top-up card. Simples.


The wines range in price, so you can be brave and go for a small glass of something that's ordinarily a little outside of your bottle price bracket. Tasting notes are written above each bottle which is a great way to test your palate.


And try the cheese boards! Nom nom.

tastemaker

Feeling like a vibrant and juicy cabernet with hints of dark red fruit and plenty of attitude? Or more in the mood for a crisp pecorino, blending melon and citrus into a smooth flavour to surprise your palate?Vagabond Spitalfields has something for every craving and occasion. And of course it also has the perfect cheese to go with it.  


If you decided you want to take a rest from office Christmas parties and make this a sober week, you’re better off not walking past this wine bar.


Once you’ve taken a glimpse inside, you are bound to be wooed by the cozy yet vibrant atmosphere, the glitter of candlelight shining through the window, the blend of friendly chatter and clinking of glasses. By now you will have realised that there’s only of thing left to do: walk in and enjoy that perfect glass of wine.

tastemaker

Passed this trendy bar in Spitalfields market on a night out and decided to go in. Inside the walls are covered in small fridge like vending machines full of different types of wine! I particularly liked the card based system where you buy and top-up a card which you then enter in the vending machine to choose your wine. This helped make a very unique experience. I tried several sample size glasses of wine, which is perfect if you’re not into any wine in particular and want to try them out. It was quite dark in the bar, with only candles lighting most areas, creating a very relaxed and chilled setting to enjoy some wine whilst with friends! Would definitely recommend a visit!

tastemaker

As much as I do love this tiny hipster wine cave, the staff could be a little nicer. I don't know if that's the vibe they're going for or if they've been trained that space is at such a premium they need to scare custom away, but the waitress was so bluntly and unrelentingly unhelpful we almost considered leaving. 


We didn't though, and had the sharing platter which really was almost worth the disdainful looks we were getting at daring to suggest we might be able to choose the cheese we were provided with. The bread, cured meats and cheese were really excellent and the fact that you can keep scooting up to choose your next sampler portion of wine made it a really fun little experience. No tip was left though! 

Tastemaker

Have been to the Charlotte Street Vagabond Wines previously, which I liked very much. The concept is quite cool, with the wines being dispensed from a machine that you access with a pre-paid card. A friend gave me a card with £20, so I decided to try the Spitafields Branch after work last week, which is nearer to home. Turns out, you can only use a card that is from that store.


This is very annoying and I don’t understand why it has to be this way. It’s the same company – all the money is going to the same place.


So, on the spot, bought another card and loaded money on. Not pleased, but fine.


The space at the Spitafields Market is quite cramped, unless you’re lucky enough to nab a seat outside in the market. Inside, the tables block you from really being able to appreciate and study the wine. I kept getting jostled by customers, so I just quickly picked a sauvignon blanc. Would have been nice to find something new and savour the looking around.


My friend and I managed to find a seat downstairs, which was much quieter and chilled. And thankfully had a row of wines dispensers.


I kept seeing something out of the corner of my eyes whilst we were down there and yeah, it was a mouse. A very brave little mouse, I might add, given that there were about fifteen people sat in the space – talking, moving seats, getting up, etc. – but that mouse kept scurrying around! I kept my bag and feet firmly off the ground. 

Tastemaker

Came here as we had some time between dinner and drinks. This is a fantastic concept, and allows people to sample quite a few wines for as little as a quid for a sample. It seems a bit much, but it's much cheaper than buying a bottle and not liking it! 


The payment system is a bit like Vapiano-- you get a card (except you have to put credit on BEFORE you drink here!) and then inset your card into a row of wines, choose if you want a small/medium/large amount. Poof! The money is gone and your wine glass is filled up ^_^


Don't worry you can get back any remainder you have on your card at the end of the night. 

Tastemaker

Vagabond wine is splendid! I stumbled across this place nestled in Spitalfields market by chance and enjoyed a lovely afternoon of supping delicious wines. The thing about this place is the fun of the 'self service' machines,along side the more than happy to help staff,and the encouragement to taste whatever you want before you choose your glass. I not only had a fun drink with my friends,I also got to taste some fantastic wines that I am looking forward to having by the glass next time I visit

Tastemaker

Great new addition to Spitalfields where you could go in and sample the 100 wines on the offer. It is both a wine bar and shop where you feel like you have walked into a friendly lounge. What give this place a good vibe is the approach from staff who are happy to explain the wines if you are struggling to choice. We were fortunate to be there when they had a very large of bottle of Rioja opened as part of Rioja month. This immediately became a feature item for the evening.

Tastemaker

Me and mum saw the chocolate platter on the menu and couldn't resist. I was so disappointed when this arrived. I do not feel this was £9s worth of dessert. Even in London. The coffee came tasteless of coffee but the waiter who I actually think may of been the manager must of seen something was up and came straight over. He brought a new one out with a glass of red wine on the house for the inconvenience. The wine was good and inside looks nice. They've got wine dispensing machines so you can sample any of the 100 wines that they have on tap. They have cheese boards on the menu to accompany your wine tasting too I just hope they come bigger then the chocolate platter. Would come again to try the wine tasting.

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