The narrow New York-style bar Sager + Wilde is wiping the dust off those vintages and giving wine a hip new edge. Owned by husband and wife duo, Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde, this relaxed grape oasis on Hackney Road comes after their successful wine pop-up in Shoreditch.
It’s a charming, unpretentious candlelit space with robust and affordable wines, as well as some delightful bites which are whipped up just behind the bar. The bar counter is a masterpiece in itself, made entirely from pavement lights. And to eat, we have to say the grilled cheese is a winner, helping to make that whole wine and cheese concept a even more accessible.
If you’re not up to scratch on your wine knowledge (don’t worry, neither are we), let the waitresses guide you to your selection. And since there’s often quite a few unusual offerings, it’s probably best to ask their advice either way.
Best Bars tip: The bar offers a few sherry-based cocktails, the She +T (sherry and tonic) and the Sherry Old Fashioned, which are likely to convince you that sherry ain’t just your grandmother’s drink of choice.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips