The Wine Bars To Visit Now, Next Week, & Forever

Whether you're slogging through a long working day or ambling through a lazy Sunday, there’s no denying that a glass of of wine is the perfect way to while away the hours. Admittedly, we are partial to sharing a cheap bottle of plonk at home, (more often than not as the accompaniment to our microwaved ready-meals), but every once in a while, we want to head out and explore.
Giving us a reason to put on our heels and spritz our perfume, wine bars are so much more than just the perfect date spot. From ritzy ones to local ones and secret hidden gems, London’s got plenty of 'em — great for after-work pours and more intimate occasions. Whatever colour your poison, these are the bars that are sure to stock it by the crate load. Salut!
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Photo: Courtesy of Monty's Wine Bar.
Monty's Wine Bar
Nestled in Fitzrovia, Monty's is a new London gem. With the wines hand-picked by skilled sommelier Antonio Cerilli, you ain't gonna get a bad glass o'grapes. With over 150 different bottles from all over the globe on offer, there's plenty of potential to find your new fave or to enjoy what you know. And it's just a hop, skip, and a jump from Oxford Street. Sit at the bar, or sit down for a mea l— either way, appreciate the sophisticated vibe and chic interior.

Monty's Wine Bar, Wells Street, London, W1T 3PP; 020 7637 2666.
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Photo: Courtesy of Luna Rossa.
Luna Rossa
A true neighbourhood institution, the freshly revamped Luna Rossa is quaint and characterful — and worth making the pilgrimage for the wine and the food. Italian by name and Italian by nature, you'll quickly forget you're just behind Portobello Road when you're cloaked in its charmingly authentic ambience. Take a date to share their Sardinian wine, delectable bruschetta, and creamy homemade mozzarella. Pouring full-bodied wines into bell-sized glasses, this place makes escaping the working week a breeze.

Luna Rossa, 190-192 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2ES; 020 7229 0482.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bedford & Strand.
Bedford & Strand
Just off the Strand is this hidden gem. After venturing down the stairs at the small doorway on Bedford Street (see how they got the name?), you'll find an underground bar full of character and class. With a constant buzz of after-work chatter, it's the perfect place to shake off your stresses with a large glass of Malbec or a simple Shiraz. The wine list is sorted into "Reliable," "Honest," "Decent," and "Good" categories, making it much easier to navigate your way around the 100+ options they've got at the bar. For date nights, book a table to make the most of the romance (as well as the French food menu and lengthy list of dessert wines). Our tip? Skip pudding and opt for the "sticky" wines instead— they beat sticky toffee pudding any day.

Bedford & Strand, 1A Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HH, 020 7836 3033.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gordon's Wine Bar.
Gordon's Wine Bar
As the oldest in the capital, Gordon's is the granddaddy of London's wine bars— and one that is seriously worthy of a visit. Barely modernised since its opening way back in 1890, stepping foot inside will instantly transport you back to a different age. Offering an enormous selection, spanning red, white, sparkling, Champagne, and sherry, this is the ideal place to enjoy sampling the menu whilst you soak up the atmosphere.

Gordon's Wine Bar, 47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE; 020 7930 1408.
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Photo: Courtesy of Damson & Co.
Damson & Co.
Proving fine wine isn't just from France and Italy, Damson & Co. offers a mighty selection of U.K wines. In fact, only U.K. wines. Yup, positively British, the Brewer Street bar makes the most of our wines, ingredients, and spirits, and embraces our nation with a menu that acts as a homage to it all. In its urban interior, with eco-friendly creds, you can enjoy charcuterie boards and cheese medleys, and savour something a little different, with a glass of Brit plonk.

Damson & Co., 21 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0RL; 020 3697 2499.

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