A few Friday nights ago me and the girls were feeling the need for a decent catch up and well of course a good bottle of wine (and change of scene for the usual pint & pub). Having wandered past this little gem only a few days before, I was eager to checkout Sager & Wilde as soon as possible.
Situated on the quieter end of Hackney Road this standalone wine bar is ticking all the boxes; old Beefeater gin bottles used for water, low lighting, an expansive wine list and blasting the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction; you have all the makings for an epic girls night out. We settled in to the prime position at the bar, surrounded by all the cool kids (excluding myself of course) and wasted no time in ordering a bottle of their finest. Our new friend Sam, a strapping young lad from Scotland was re-filling our glasses faster than we could drink (no complaints here) and we ordered a serve of olives and smoked almonds – perfect!
The menu is simple and given the size of this tiny wine bar it’s no surprise they have taken advantage of using part of it as a small food prep area; you have the choice of the above mentioned olives and almonds, as well as a selection of small plates such as freekeh salad with burnt aubergine and sour cream (insert drool here!), and an all-time crowd pleaser; cheese toasties, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed and neither will your date! I should mention also that the place is in fact dog-friendly even at 9pm, and no I was not too proud to strike up a conversation with a two-year old Dachshund named Chestnut – I’ll take what I can get these days!
We ended our visit after 3 bottles of wine and decided to head home by which time the place was pumping and the waiter was diving in and out of the maze of folk, with food and wine bottles a plenty. I recommend getting here a little earlier to avoid missing a seat, but they will take bookings for the bar for 1-6 people (can it get any better!?). They do private hire and wine tastings – great idea for a party or simply to garner some wineducation! So, get down there and check it out with that special someone (or pooch!)
Sager and Wilde
193 Hackney Road
Tel. 020 8127 7330
*Internal bar photo courtesy of Sager + Wilde