This spring we’re on a mission to showcase the best food and drink Broadgate has to offer. First thing’s first: where to find your perfect glass. Read on and learn where you can uncover some of the world’s finest vintages, most daring varietals and truly unexpected flavours.
Uncorked are wine merchants like no other. Their knowledge runs deep, with a sincere and unpretentious attitude that shines through. Proud champions of the smaller producers, they also give a strong nod to organic and biodynamic winemaking.
While French wines play a special role in this well-stocked boutique, you’ll find the big names alongside hard-to-source surprises. Speak to the friendly staff in person about their personal favourites (they take an annual trip to Bordeaux, lucky them) or order online for delivery to your front door.
Heading to a restaurant for a dinner corkage deal? Grab a bottle on your way through the Exchange Arcade just off Bishopsgate. You can even call ahead and they’ll pop it in the fridge so it’s perfectly chilled. And don’t forget to drop by on Fridays noon to 6.30pm – there’s always a free tasting in full swing.
Round the World
Looking for a great place to explore new styles? Try All Bar One on Bishopsgate. They’re passionate about ‘discovery wines’, with newcomers entering the list each week. And Wine Down Wednesdays simply can’t be beat – have a free taster and receive £5 off selected bottles from 5–8pm.
Whether you lean more towards smooth and light or full-bodied and intense, the bar staff will be sure to steer you in the right direction. And for a complete rundown, have a wander around their online wine library – you’ll be impressed by the extensive range of options.
Does all that variety make it difficult to decide? Then check out some of the exquisite reds from the southern hemisphere: Yealands Estate Pinot Noir (New Zealand), Journey’s End Merlot (South Africa) and Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Cabernet Franc (Argentina) are real standouts.
Pour, Drink, Repeat
Boasting high ceilings, multiple levels and Bishopgate’s longest countertop, Jamie’s Wine Bar has become a City staple. The casual vibe feels anything but fussy, making it ideal for a post-work tipple. Plus the wine list is comprehensive and dynamic.
Featured wines from a specific region are highlighted each month (for March it’s the Rioja area in northern Spain). And the offerings change regularly so there’s always something new to taste. If you’re in the mood for a happy-hour deal, go for the Altana Di Vico Pinot Grigio (Italy). At £16 per bottle, it goes down nice and clean.
Keen to explore what the left coast has in store at Jamie’s? California whites are a delicious alternative to some of the better-known European styles. Try Gnarly Head Viognier, Hahn Chardonnay or Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio and you’ll see why New World wines have become so popular in recent years.
A Little More, Please
Cocktails and nibbles may be what it’s known for, but The Salt Point Bar has a serious love affair with wine. Not surprising at all, since this new generation lounge is part of the Davy’s family of wine bars.
With lovely outdoor seating in the middle of Exchange Square, the perfect glass can really hit the spot on a sunny day. The elegant glass interior is comfy and intimate, but expect to see an extra bar and additional seating after upcoming renovations.
In the meantime, find a spot, order a small plate or sharing board and treat yourself to the Wine of the Month. Or go for something different by one of the many Spanish wineries that take centre stage on the sizable menu. It all makes for a great night out or relaxing weekend afternoon in the City.
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