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12 Perfect Places to Drink Sherry in London

Crisp or syrupy, dry or sweet, smoky or mineral — here’s where to drink the best-value fine wine in London

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Back away from the bottle of Bristol cream that granny keeps for the Christmas cake. Instead, as the temperatures rise, drink it like the Andalusians do. Order a dry, crisp fino in an iced glass after work, try chilled amontillado sipped as an aperitif, or skip dessert in favour of a glass of sweet Pedro Ximenez.

Sherry bars have been opening up across the city, broadening our minds and our palates to this overlooked and underrated fortified wine. This time of year you can get sherries en rama, which roughly translates as raw and means the drink is only lightly filtered. It’s as close as you can get to tasting a sherry straight from the cask, and these bottles are full of unique character. Whether you want a traditional experience complete with the drama of having it poured by a Venenciador, or something a little more contemporary, here’s where to enjoy the best of Jerez in London.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Pepito

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3 Varnishers Yard, Kings Cross
London N1 9DF, UK

One of the city’s first sherry bars, Bar Pepito is small but perfectly formed, with tiled floors and cheek-by-jowl barstool seating that makes it impossible to be anything but convivial. Stop by for a plate of hand-carved jamon and a fino en rama from the González Byass bodega. Sherry flights are available for those wishing to sample a range of styles, or the same style at three different ages.

2. Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

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152 Curtain Rd
London EC2A 3AT, UK

The gateway to more interesting, nuanced Spanish cuisine for many a Londoner, Brindisa is equally adept at being a gateway drug to serious sherry. Their flights walk drinkers through the various styles and their expressions: they also source their sherries direct from a bodega of one of the oldest sherry producers in the Jerez region, Hidalgo-La Gitana.

3. Morito

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32 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell
London EC1R 4QE, UK

Another early adopter, Morito, and its big brother Moro next door, have around 20 different sherries available by the glass throughout the year. Sit up at the counter bar, or outside on the pavement, sip a Tio Pepe fino en rama and watch the world go by. Whether or not food is originally on the agenda, the Moorish-influenced menu is hard to resist.

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4. BRAT

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4 Redchurch St
London E1 6JL, UK

New kid on the block Brat is Basque focused, with an impressively thorough sherry list, sourcing lone barrels that aren’t usually available commercially through the Equipo Navazos group. Manzanilla Pasada, sourced from La Guita, goes by the glass: its complex seaside saltiness sits perfectly with the raved-about cod’s roe and anchovies.

5. SACK Bar

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9 Christopher St
London EC2A 2BS, UK

The sherry list at Sack is a stunner, and the vibes are laid-back, with a helpfully annotated menu explaining the defining character of each sherry style. The low-key bar makes it an easygoing place to drink like young Spaniards do — staying late into the night to a soundtrack of disco, soul and funk. They do sherry cocktails if in need of something gentler, and the walls are adorned with the signatures of devotees: make sure to sign on the way out.

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6. Copita

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27 D'Arblay St, Soho
London W1F 8EP, UK

In true Andalusian style, there’s just about room to stand or perch on a stool in Copita, so prop up the bar with a glass of La Panesa fino from Emilio Hidalgo. On average it’s under flor (the yeast crust that forms over sherry as it ferments) for 15 years before bottling, making for a complex, golden aperitif.

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7. Barrafina

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43 Drury Ln, Covent Garden
London WC2B 5AJ, UK

The Hart Brothers have such a love affair with sherry they have their own special selection manzanilla on the list at Barrafina. Try that, yes, but it’s worth calling in especially at the end of the night — once the queues have snaked away — for a glass of Emperatriz Eugenia, a rare and intense oloroso from Bodegas Lustau. The ideal digestif.

8. Hispania

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72-74 Lombard St
London EC3V 9AY, UK

To sip in the City, call into Hispania and grab some tapas. Try Matusalem Oloroso seco with a plate of Spanish cheese – Matusalem is the Spanish name for Methusaleh, a reference to the length of the sherry’s ageing. It’s a sherry with edges sanded down into smoothness: perfect for ending the night.

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9. Opera Tavern

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23 Catherine St
London WC2B 5JS, UK

All the Salt Yard group restaurants have a decent sherry list, but Opera Tavern takes the title for atmosphere, and its Covent Garden location makes it ideal for a quick bite of jamon Iberico and an aperitif of the elegant and untreated antique palo cortado from Fernando de Castilla before a night at the theatre.

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10. José

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104 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3UB, UK

Pizarro’s little sister is a gem of a sherry and tapas bar, as you’d expect from London’s king of Spanish cuisine. Try José Pizarro’s personal favourite, the Fernando de Castilla Palo Cortado Antique, a really unusual one-off sherry. Originally aged under flor like an amontillado, the flor “disappears” before ageing is complete, meaning the sherry takes on oloroso’s oxidative smokiness as well as amontillado’s distinctive mineral snap. If this means little, there are sherry masterclasses for the uninitiated and curious alike: get involved.

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11. Capote Y Toros

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157 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington
London SW5 0LJ, UK

When confronted with possibly the most comprehensive sherry list in the city, defer to the experts: Capote’s expert bartenders are the perfect guides in finding the right drink for the occasion. Full marks for atmosphere here too – Spanish guitar twiddles in the background, and there are rumours of impromptu dancing and singing from the chefs.

12. The Tapas Room

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Unit 3, Broadway Market, 29 Tooting High St
London SW17 0RJ, UK

One of the best things to happen to Broadway Market in Tooting was the arrival of The Tapas Room. From the team behind the popular, Basque-influenced Donostia Social Club, this market-stall sherry bar is for the seasoned sherry drinker as much as the first-timer. An ever-rotating menu of off-list bottles keeps things interesting: there will always be something new as well as an old favourite.

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1. Bar Pepito

3 Varnishers Yard, Kings Cross, London N1 9DF, UK

One of the city’s first sherry bars, Bar Pepito is small but perfectly formed, with tiled floors and cheek-by-jowl barstool seating that makes it impossible to be anything but convivial. Stop by for a plate of hand-carved jamon and a fino en rama from the González Byass bodega. Sherry flights are available for those wishing to sample a range of styles, or the same style at three different ages.

3 Varnishers Yard, Kings Cross
London N1 9DF, UK

2. Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

152 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3AT, UK

The gateway to more interesting, nuanced Spanish cuisine for many a Londoner, Brindisa is equally adept at being a gateway drug to serious sherry. Their flights walk drinkers through the various styles and their expressions: they also source their sherries direct from a bodega of one of the oldest sherry producers in the Jerez region, Hidalgo-La Gitana.

152 Curtain Rd
London EC2A 3AT, UK

3. Morito

32 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QE, UK
best_sherry_london_morito_exmouth_market Ola Smit

Another early adopter, Morito, and its big brother Moro next door, have around 20 different sherries available by the glass throughout the year. Sit up at the counter bar, or outside on the pavement, sip a Tio Pepe fino en rama and watch the world go by. Whether or not food is originally on the agenda, the Moorish-influenced menu is hard to resist.

32 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell
London EC1R 4QE, UK

4. BRAT

4 Redchurch St, London E1 6JL, UK

New kid on the block Brat is Basque focused, with an impressively thorough sherry list, sourcing lone barrels that aren’t usually available commercially through the Equipo Navazos group. Manzanilla Pasada, sourced from La Guita, goes by the glass: its complex seaside saltiness sits perfectly with the raved-about cod’s roe and anchovies.

4 Redchurch St
London E1 6JL, UK

5. SACK Bar

9 Christopher St, London EC2A 2BS, UK
best_sherry_london_sack_bar_shoreditch Sack Bar/Official

The sherry list at Sack is a stunner, and the vibes are laid-back, with a helpfully annotated menu explaining the defining character of each sherry style. The low-key bar makes it an easygoing place to drink like young Spaniards do — staying late into the night to a soundtrack of disco, soul and funk. They do sherry cocktails if in need of something gentler, and the walls are adorned with the signatures of devotees: make sure to sign on the way out.

9 Christopher St
London EC2A 2BS, UK

6. Copita

27 D'Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EP, UK
best_sherry_london_copita_soho Copita/Official

In true Andalusian style, there’s just about room to stand or perch on a stool in Copita, so prop up the bar with a glass of La Panesa fino from Emilio Hidalgo. On average it’s under flor (the yeast crust that forms over sherry as it ferments) for 15 years before bottling, making for a complex, golden aperitif.

27 D'Arblay St, Soho
London W1F 8EP, UK

7. Barrafina

43 Drury Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AJ, UK

The Hart Brothers have such a love affair with sherry they have their own special selection manzanilla on the list at Barrafina. Try that, yes, but it’s worth calling in especially at the end of the night — once the queues have snaked away — for a glass of Emperatriz Eugenia, a rare and intense oloroso from Bodegas Lustau. The ideal digestif.

43 Drury Ln, Covent Garden
London WC2B 5AJ, UK

8. Hispania

72-74 Lombard St, London EC3V 9AY, UK
best_sherry_london_hispania_city Hispania/Official

To sip in the City, call into Hispania and grab some tapas. Try Matusalem Oloroso seco with a plate of Spanish cheese – Matusalem is the Spanish name for Methusaleh, a reference to the length of the sherry’s ageing. It’s a sherry with edges sanded down into smoothness: perfect for ending the night.

72-74 Lombard St
London EC3V 9AY, UK

9. Opera Tavern

23 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS, UK
best_sherry_london_opera_tavern_covent_garden Opera Tavern/Official

All the Salt Yard group restaurants have a decent sherry list, but Opera Tavern takes the title for atmosphere, and its Covent Garden location makes it ideal for a quick bite of jamon Iberico and an aperitif of the elegant and untreated antique palo cortado from Fernando de Castilla before a night at the theatre.

23 Catherine St
London WC2B 5JS, UK

10. José

104 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UB, UK
best_sherry_london_jose_pizarro_bermondsey Jose/Official

Pizarro’s little sister is a gem of a sherry and tapas bar, as you’d expect from London’s king of Spanish cuisine. Try José Pizarro’s personal favourite, the Fernando de Castilla Palo Cortado Antique, a really unusual one-off sherry. Originally aged under flor like an amontillado, the flor “disappears” before ageing is complete, meaning the sherry takes on oloroso’s oxidative smokiness as well as amontillado’s distinctive mineral snap. If this means little, there are sherry masterclasses for the uninitiated and curious alike: get involved.

104 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3UB, UK

11. Capote Y Toros

157 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0LJ, UK

When confronted with possibly the most comprehensive sherry list in the city, defer to the experts: Capote’s expert bartenders are the perfect guides in finding the right drink for the occasion. Full marks for atmosphere here too – Spanish guitar twiddles in the background, and there are rumours of impromptu dancing and singing from the chefs.

157 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington
London SW5 0LJ, UK

12. The Tapas Room

Unit 3, Broadway Market, 29 Tooting High St, London SW17 0RJ, UK
best_sherry_london_tapas_room_tooting Tapas Room/Official

One of the best things to happen to Broadway Market in Tooting was the arrival of The Tapas Room. From the team behind the popular, Basque-influenced Donostia Social Club, this market-stall sherry bar is for the seasoned sherry drinker as much as the first-timer. An ever-rotating menu of off-list bottles keeps things interesting: there will always be something new as well as an old favourite.

Unit 3, Broadway Market, 29 Tooting High St
London SW17 0RJ, UK

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