Diogenes the Dog was a Greek philosopher who lived in a barrel, squared up to Alexander the Great, got captured by pirates and was one of the founders of cynic philosophy.
And in his honour exists a maverick bar of the same name which has pied off the conventional in favour of flogging lesser known wines inside a former pub not far from the Walworth Road.
A tasteful forest green and wood-heavy interior adorned with strategically positioned house plants give it a relaxed atmosphere in which to quaff a selection of vino that’s interesting and not overwhelmingly long, balancing a nice combination of sparkling, orange, rosé, white, red and sweet/fortified options to suit everyone. It’s of note that 40% of the bottles have been bought directly from producers.
To accompany your tipple (or 12) is a short list of snacks ranging from terrines, through a boozy cheeseboard and alighting at seasonal toasties (obviously), including a wine-matured three cheese and ‘Nduja number. Lovely. And if you suspect that the drunken ramblings of a friend won’t be enough to keep you entertained when you visit, The Dog hosts a few events on the premises each month, including a wine tasting course, jazz nights, poetry workshops and free-to-enter socials…
…you can even bring your dog.
NOTE: Diogenes the Dog is open Mon-Wed (4-11pm), Thurs-Fri (12.30-11pm) and weekends (11am-11pm). You can just walk-in, but booking ahead is advised for the evenings – you can do that HERE.
Diogenes the Dog | 96 Rodney Road, SE17 1BG
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