Top 10 Sherry bars in London

Sherry is having a moment in London.

SherryNo longer the preserve of grannies at Christmas, a slew of new bars are helping to inject a dose of much-needed sex appeal into the category, and the once derided fortified wine is swiftly emerging as the capital’s post-work tipple of choice. The beginning of the boom can be traced back to March 2010, when London got its first Sherry bar – Bar Pepito – a tiny slice of Andalusia in King’s Cross, backed by González Byass.

Pioneering Pepito was the litmus test and its success seems to have spurred others to follow. The recent Sherry boom has profited from London’s exploding tapas scene, fuelled by an insatiable appetite for sharing plates. Running the flavour gamut from bone dry to tooth-tinglingly sweet, connoisseurs have been championing Sherry’s food matching credentials for years. Read on for our top 10 tapas bars leading London’s Sherry revolution.

4 Responses to “Top 10 Sherry bars in London”

  1. Esta moda del Sherry esta por llegar a Londres, nosotros los latinoamericanos
    ya pasamos por esos bares. Lo nuestro ya es otra cosa. Estamos en cerveza, ron,
    y vodka mezcladas.

  2. Jonathan Cahill says:

    l had been perplexed by the supposed explosion of sherry bars and this list helps to explain it. As far as l can see there is only one true sherry bar, which is Bar Pepito. The others are excellent tapas bars which serve sherry, along with other wines.
    l don’t have personal experience of all those listed, but Jose is one which is superb largely due to the high quality of the tapas, great service and a good list of wines, including sherry.
    How Barrafina can be called a sherry bar is beyond me. It describes itself as a ‘Spanish tapas restaurant’ and is modelled on Cal Pep in Barcelona. This is a city where, if you ask for Manzanilla in a bar, you get camomille tea!
    l would not want to take away anything from the great initiative represented by Bar Pepito. However l would have thought that a better description of most of the bars listed is that they are more a step up in tapas rather than a sherry revolution.
    Rather than a perception of success, greatyer credibility would be achieved by listing the actual figures for the sales of sherry in London and the extent of the actual increase.

  3. Matt Huntingford says:

    I’d guess it’s almost impossible to sustain a specialist bar in most of these locations without the additional income from food. Pepito is a. tiny, and b. benefits from a location that already has a large number of drinkers which makes it viable. Still, all of this is great news for sherry fanatics like me and I wish all the best to all the above for helping spread the word.

  4. Christian G.E. Schiller says:

    What about Gordon’s? http://schiller-wine.blogspot.com/2010/08/time-seems-to-have-stood-still-at.html Times seem to have stood still there

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