Sager + Wilde

This regards what is arguably the best date spot in London.

Understandably – being the romantic you are – you may have some burning questions as to its nature; please allow us to preemptively field them.

Why is it called Sager + Wilde? Ah, that’s because it’s owned and run by Michael Sager and Charlotte Wilde, who after having their wine epiphany while working in California at RN74 and Bar Tartine, decided that London was evidently missing a selection of only the best wines from The Golden State, and a small, intimate, unpretentious and unintentionally romantic bar in Hackney to house them.

Do they serve food? There are small plates, charcuterie, cheeses and what are quite possibly two of the best toasted sandwiches in existence: a cheddar and spring onion melt and a jalapeño version.

Is it first date material? It’s every date material.

And cocktails, do they do those as well? Not really, it’s all about the wine here. But they do at their sister venue, Sager + Wilde Paradise Row. And they come courtesy of Michael, who actually began his London hospitality career at Milk and Honey.

Do they know much about wine? In short: yes. At length: yes, yes they do. And you can get almost every wine by the glass when ordering over the reclaimed cast iron cellar door bar. Their ethos is simple: fine wines with generous margins.

Does the lighting make me look slightly more attractive that I would normally? Yes it does.

In one sentence, why should I go? Because Sager + Wilde is one of the only places in London you can get exceptional quality Californian wine from sommeliers who know a lot about it in a cozy date-spot worthy setting that comes with no snobbery; it’s the real deal.

Will you be my wingman?



NOTE: Sager + Wilde Hackney Road is open weekdays from 5pm and weekends from noon. You can find out more, and reserve a table, HERE.

Sager + Wilde | 193 Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 8JL

Like a good vino? Check out the best wine bars in London

The Nudge is an independent, searchable and highly-curated guide to the most interesting places to go and things to do in London, giving members unrestricted access to our full compendium of continually-updated restaurants, bars, events, exhibitions, date ideas, itineraries, member perks, weekend guides, monthly agendas and more – all delivered via our website, email newsletters & members’ app.

Join us to see what’s hot in London this week; to explore all of the recommendations & ideas stored within The Nudge’s website and members’ app; and to start making the most of life in London today. Start Free One Week Trial

Carpe Diem!

Sager + Wilde

193 Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 8JL
View On Map

020 8127 7330

Got A Tip? Email [email protected]

More Ideas