Published on October 15th, 2015 | by Clarissa Waldron0
68 and Boston, Soho
Summary: More than just a quirky name, this is a definitive diamond in the rough of Soho
Soho Wine Bar
Soho isn’t widely regarded for being an enclave of expert wine bars – the district didn’t turn up on the Evening Standard’s ‘Best Wine Bars in London’ this year. Rather it’s a sort of artisan roasted coffee neighbourhood that effortlessly consolidates into a cocktail community come the close of business. If you have a hankering for a good glass of vino in pleasant surroundings then you often have to set your sights further afield.
But swooping in to challenge this view and rejuvenate what the area offers is 68 and Boston, a rather swanky and perfectly able wine bar curated by three individuals who know as much about London’s nightlife as they do about their grapes.
The adventurous new destination has been orchestrated by those behind The Breakfast Group, Planet of the Grapes and China Tang at The Dorchester. 68 and Boston’s genius is in their vision: a Central London establishment whereby you can indulge in a quality bottle of wine for £20 (Glasses £5.50, Carafes £14). And the name? There are 67 wine producing regions in the world, 68 brings them all to you, while the Boston cocktail shaker is fundamental upstairs. The sublime, spacious setting is also a bit of a rarity in one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods.
Adding some much needed vino vivacity to the area has been important to the trio, along with wine blogger and Manager Denise Medrano, and they haven’t done things by halves… so to speak. 68 and Boston is comprised of two floors, with the lower half home to the wine bar decked out with South American, Spanish, and Italian wines and the upper deck a designated late night wine-inspired cocktail bar offering a neat menu starting at £10.
I was impressed with how big the space was, long and wide divided by a weight bearing wall featuring entry points to the other side. Dimly lit glow lamps, dark tables, chairs and high stools create a hearty, warm environment, while gold-coloured serving trays duck out of the crimson red wall to act as a table – certainly an apt place to rest your glasses.
Despite the size 68 and Boston is very cosy, and I’m already looking forward to sipping a robust Rioja while peering out onto soon-to-be snow-lined streets, enveloped by that warmth, as Soho-ites scurry past. And while the menu is broad it is not expansive – a word all too regularly thrown around when describing whisky, wine or craft beer menus, and which often only ignites anxiety and indecisiveness – and this is a welcomed relief.
There is a respectable list of Whites and Red, with two Rosé’s and Sparklings for a touch of variety. The list and descriptions are concise, clearly presented and whimsically written – a lovely technique to reassuringly soothe even the most unfamiliar of patrons. For Red, I would recommend the spicy Sixty Clicks Australian Shiraz or the bold Italian Gorilla Primitivo – everything a red should be. If White is your tipple of choice then the Romanian Paparuda Pinot Grigio is an ideal starting point – rumours abound that Count Dracula himself might have been a consumer.
While this is primarily a wine haven, a few beers are on offer, as well as non-alcoholic drinks and food is catered for. Expect terrines, pork pies, tasted sandwiches, charcuterie and cheeses to line you stomach as you order another bottle.
Curated by those who know what Londoners want on their night out, 68 and Boston transcends in that it’s for Londoners, a place to eschew the tourists that so often wander away from the confines of Chinatown. Like the seasons which bear them, the wines will change so let’s keep this one to ourselves and look forward to enjoying the small, fast-changing batches of gems from unexpected regions.
68 and Boston, 5 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DDShare This Post