London's Best Bars For Vegan Wine

By Lydia Manch Last edited 9 months ago
London's Best Bars For Vegan Wine
Buzzy, good-looking and entirely vegan: The Spread Eagle in Homerton.

The Spread Eagle, Homerton

Plant-based boozing doesn’t come much stronger than The Spread Eagle, with all the wine, cocktails and beers in this gorgeous Homerton spot 100% vegan. It’s none too shabby on the food front either, with Club Mexicana's magnificent, entirely plant-based menu coming out of the kitchen. The tacos are ideal for soaking up your Hazelnut White Russian — this version with coconut milk and raw cacao — or a prowl through the wine list, which starts at a reasonable £19 a bottle. Busy, beautiful — think dark wood and peacock velvet — and the perfect amount of rowdy, the pub’s a favourite of vegans and dedicated meat-lovers alike.

The Spread Eagle, 224 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS.

Cafe Van Gogh, Oval

What’s not to love about this all-vegan south London gem? A not-for-profit venue that funnels all the revenue back into its community projects, it’s as lovely in spirit as it is of interior. The turreted ceiling’s painted with a wall-to-wall Starry Night-inspired mural, the raw brick walls are scattered with arching windows and art prints, and the food menu’s hearty enough to drive away that winter chill.

Vegan wine comes by the very affordable glass, but the place is so damn inviting you’re probably going to want to settle in for the evening with a £16 bottle.

Cafe Van Gogh, 88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE. Closes at 9pm most evenings and isn't open on Monday.

Passione Vino, Shoreditch

Warning sign: one of Passione Vino's hidden drinking rooms. Photo by Lydia Manch

There are hidden depths to this demure-looking east London wine shop. The small and lovely shopfront gives way to some small and lovely backrooms — where you can crack into the enormous and lovely range of vegan wines. The focus is low-intervention wine from all corners of Italy, and the emphasis on small, artisan production methods means 95% of the stock is de facto vegan.

Something nearer ambassadors than wine-merchants, the Passione team have close ties to their suppliers, and an in-depth knowledge of their methods, varietals, ethical practices... ideal for when you want minute detail about the filtering practices or the vegan cred of any given product. Beware spending more time in here than you meant to; the passione is catching.

Passione Vino, 85 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS.

The Gate, Hammersmith and other locations

A veteran of London's vegetarian dining scene, 2019 marks three decades since The Gate first started serving high-end, plant-forward food to west London locals. Now a small string of restaurants across London, the wine lists are all entirely vegan — though we reckon the Hammersmith branch is still the hottest ticket in good weather, thanks to its secluded, vine-trailing garden. Prices can be on the punchy side, but the quality’s high.

The Gate, locations in Islington, Hammersmith, Marylebone and St. John’s Wood.

Unwined, Tooting

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A small, buzzy unit in Tooting Market, Unwined packs a lot of enthusiasm, knowledge and vegan wine options into a miniature footprint. There's an extensive range of bottles to drink in or take away — but we recommend checking out the monthly-changing by-the-glass menu. Always themed along interesting lines, it’s aimed at introducing you to lesser-known producers, methods or regions: shout-out to February 2019's Baby, It’s Cold Outside, a whirlwind tour of cold climate wines. Also worth looking out for regular and generous happy hours, lunch specials and supperclubs.

Rotating and reliably good residencies in the kitchen are a bonus feature: at time of writing, Eastern Bloc's Black Sea-via-Peckham small plates.

Unwined , Unit 16A, Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SN, with a second venue in Waterloo.

Honourable mention:

There's an extensive all-vegan wine list at Tell Your Friends in Fulham, and the Queen's Head in Brixton had had a revamp and now serves only vegan beer and wine (with plant-based pizza-slingers PickyWops in the kitchen).

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Last Updated 16 October 2019