A city centre wine bar that preserves its more expensive tipples so that you can sample by the glass.
The enomatic dispenser is the undeniable USP here, a wine preservation machine that essentially functions as a magnificent, boozy juke box. Just top up your card with credit and you’re free to play with the great selection within – each bottle available to sample in increments of 50ml, 125ml and 175ml.
Of course it’s not necessarily the cheapest night out on the wine, but it is a great, approachable way of enjoying the more expensive variants that due to their price would usually only be available by the bottle. Instead, you get a playful, interactive way of tasting a range of wines without committing to (or forking out for) the whole 500ml.
In terms of food, there’s only a small, succint menu of simple finger food, including bread, nuts, olives, pork pies, nachos and lightly salted popcorn, along with sharing plates of either cured meats or cheese, which come with twee mini loaves of white and wholemeal bread.
The decor is classic, light and breezy downstairs, whilst on the mezzanine level upstairs you'll find a little seclusion. Staff, stationed at the counter strangely resembling more of a hotel reception, are consistently friendly and will welcome you at your table with a bottle of still or sparkling water on the house - one of the nice touches that will have you treating this place like your home in no time, and, armed with a pre-loaded card, that enomatic like your own fridge. And if you actually do want to take the party back to your gaff, you can buy a bottle at Salut's wine shop.
11 Cooper St