Sager + Wilde | A Ridiculously Romantic, California-Focused Wine Bar In Hackney
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 was co-founded 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.
Does Sager + Wilde serve food? There are small plates, charcuterie, cheeses and what are quite possibly three of the best toasted sandwiches in existence: a cheddar and spring onion melt, another with smoked chilli jam, and an ‘Nduja 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 the iconic, and much-missed, 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 bar (which, you’ll soon notice, has been constructed from reclaimed pavement lights). The ethos at Sager + Wilde is refreshingly 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
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