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|Address:||7 St John Street, London EC1M 4AA|
|Tel:||020 7253 8786|
|Price: £42.00||Wine: £15.95||Champagne: £44.25|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm|
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If you have a bar that does not accept bookings, why would it be OK to allow somebody to book? Either decide that you can or decide that you cannot book. Frankly, I don’t care. What annoys me is to have one policy, then espouse another when we turn up.
“I’m sorry but we’re booked out” means nothing to me when you have a no booking policy. It is worse still when you seat two tables before me when I have been waiting, on a first come first serve policy. IT IS EVEN WORSE WHEN THE WINE IS SO GOOD.
Yes, forget the absurd seating policy, just love the wine. Vinoteca may have a schizophrenic approach to seating, but the wine list (with over 300 to choose from) is simply excellent. Well thought through, long and interesting, and the majority in the £20-£40 price range, with a few falling below that, which is no mean feat in this part of the world
The place is too cramped and crowded to make it my favourite City wine bar; only once have I managed to get a decent table and spend any quality time drinking down the wine list, and that was a mid-week afternoon after a “client” lunch.
So not the best wine bar in the City (see 28-50 or Planet of the Grapes for that), but definitely one worth finding.