London's Best Wine Bars: Sagar + Wilde, Hackney Road

Jenny Mackenzie
By Jenny Mackenzie Last edited 60 months ago
London's Best Wine Bars: Sagar + Wilde, Hackney Road


Continuing our tour of London’s best wine bars.

A beacon of cool in Hackney Road. A destination wine bar for wine lovers, also approachable to anyone who fancies a decent glass in a relaxed atmosphere. An infamous old boozer — opposite Ravenscroft Street, leading down to Columbia Road — given a brilliantly understated design. The bar top made from pavement lights is the centrepiece in the small, brick-walled and wooden-floored, welcoming space.

Experienced young wine couple, Mr and Mrs Sager-Wilde have created a wine bar with real class and a professional vibe.

Top wine pick
The short, daily changing list is a joy for wine aficionados, also well chosen to be easily navigated by anyone. No geek-speak here, just a great range. Top picks on the night of visit included trendy white Rhone grape Marsanne and red Nebbiolo from Piedmont, both £7.50 a glass. Other cool wines — Malbec from Argentine superstar Achaval Ferrer, £8 a glass and hip Spanish white Txakolina, £7 a glass. There are spirits, bottled beers, sweet wines — including Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes, £14.50 a glass — and ‘no booze’ options such as iced tea.

Bar food — olives, nuts, bread and house speciality, a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough at £6.50. Charcuterie and cheese boards are £9. Ice cream with PX (Pedro Ximenez) sherry is £3.50.

Who to take
Visitors to Columbia Road Market. Wine lovers craving the next cool opening. London tourists looking for a smart, indie wine bar. Trend spotters. Sunday date for a chilled, weekend afternoon.

Dog friendly. Gorgeous bar top. Relaxed atmosphere. Excellent wine range. Friendly, professional service.

Any downsides?
Small space, although you can book your table by email.

Sager + Wilde, 193 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL. Opening times: Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat-Sun noon-midnight. @Sagarandwilde, Facebook

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Last Updated 08 December 2013