By The Glass
The name says it all at By The Glass, a sophisticated European wine bar with an ever-changing 130-strong wine list. At the horseshoe bar, you can order far-flung drops that you mightn’t otherwise try: Austrian, Hungarian, Greek, South African, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian varietals are all on pour here. And thanks to the vacuum-sealed Coravin, which keeps by-the-glass options fresh, you can walk right up to the wall of wine, choose any bottle and try it.
While most of the focus is on the wine offering, there’s also an evolving menu of nibbles and share plates to complement your glass. Go for snacky starters like oysters, a pickled octopus roll, shaved bresaola or beetroot and asparagus tartare. There’s also porcini and portobello ravioli and lamb merguez sausage with cauliflower velvet.
Owners Ron Dhali and Gareth Yan took inspiration from their European travels for the wine bar, which is housed in the heritage-listed Kings Arcade. The regal bar is flanked by a wall of wine, vintage leadlight windows and moody grey walls. Settle in there or head into the arcade out the front, which has Parisian-style wicker chairs and a ceiling heater strip to maintain Côte d’Azur temperatures during the cooler months.
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