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Vivat Bacchus Wine


We believe life’s too short to drink bad wine, and at Vivat Bacchus, that is impossible. From award winning house wines to the finest aged Bordeaux and more, you are sure to find something worthy of imbibing. We are lovers of the old world as well as the new, but have a soft spot for South Africa thanks to the South African owners. We take pride in our selection, and there is nothing on our list that we would not get stuck into ourselves!

Both restaurants have their own walk-in wine cellars, and you are more than welcome to take the cellar tour and pick out a bottle that is not on the list. We also age large quantities of wine in our vast cellars, ensuring that you don't have to drink wine that isn't completely ready to be drunk.

We sell wine to go, so if you do see something on your list that you fancy we'll offer you up to 50% off the list price if you'd like to take it home. And every month we showcase a winery in our Winery of the Month, offering you the chance to taste three wines by the glass, or as a wine flight. If you require any assistance with your wine selection, please don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable staff for advice.


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OPEN SATURDAYS

From midday for lunch
(London Bridge)
and dinner with live jazz
(Farringdon & London Bridge)

Winery of the month
Celler Selection

Cellar Selection



Our walk-in cellars are fully stocked with wines from all corners of the globe and with vintages dating back to 1929! Be it Bordeaux first growths, some Spanish hidden gems, or a plethora of age-worthy stickies... you should be able to find it in our cellars.

We also take pride in selling wine when we think it is ready to drink, and several of our best-selling wines are aged on site until they are ready. Ask one of the staff to show you our regularly changing cellar list, or for the full cellar experience take our cellar tour to hand pick your favourite from over 15,000 bottles.

  • About
  • Themes
  • Tastings and dinners

About



The Vivat Bacchus Wine Club, founded in 2005 has been going for nearly a decade! With events held every Monday evening at both our Farringdon and London Bridge branches, the Wine Club is a great way to learn about wine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Our events are suitable for both beginners as well as seasoned tasters, the only thing we ask is that you must like wine! 

Each Wine Club event carries a specific theme, whether it is a specific country, a cheese and wine matching session, or a tasting of obscure varieties. Visit our events page to see more details of upcoming events. 

We also regularly hold Wine Dinners throughout the year, as part of our continued effort to showcase the outstanding wineries we sell wine from.  Each dinner gives one producer the opportunity to showcase five of their wines over a five-course Vivat Bacchus dinner. These ever popular dinners, held both at Farringdon and London Bridge, gives you the chance to hear from the winemakers themselves, while tasting their wines with a menu specifically made to complement the wines. 

Themes



Bubbly time: Got expensive taste? Only like bubbly? Well, this is the evening for you. Featuring Champagnes or sparkling wines and held every month, it is hosted by guest speakers. This is your chance to really tickle your taste buds with some top quality fizz.

VB’s wine & cheese quiz: We like to think of our monthly quiz night as a quiz night with a difference. Where else will you get a glass of wine on arrival, followed by general knowledge, wine and cheese questions, with blind cheese and wine tastings into the bargain?! The winning team gets a bottle of fizz, the runners up a tasty cheeseboard. So grab a team and let battle commence! (Teams of up to six people)

Fine wine: We’ll bring out the very best from the deepest recesses of our cellars; wines that we have aged and are begging to be drunk.

Something from South Africa: we regularly feature our top wineries or grapes and varieties where South Africa has something special to offer.

Master classes, without the label and blending: Be ready to taste wines blind! No, we won’t blindfold you, but the wines will be bagged up in black bags, often with interesting results and full-on debates… or you can come and learn about blending wines – an everyday activity for the wine maker but here you get to try it yourself!

Cheese and wine: What is wine without a bit of cheese to match? And at VB we know all about cheese. Our monthly tastings feature interesting cheeses from close to home or across the globe; from mild to stinky, soft to hard and paired of course with the ideal wines.

Bespoke wine or cheese tastings: You can always design your own wine or cheese tasting experience. From large parties to smaller intimate occasions, our staff are on hand to help you create your perfect event. And it’s not only tastings, why not book a wine blending session where you can learn all about blending wines, and have a go at it yourself?! Click here to see to our private tasting packages or contact us to create a bespoke event. Please provide us with your budget, what type of tasting you are interested in and dates and number of people, and we will prepare a tasting proposal and check availability.

Tastings and dinners



Wine dinners are held throughout the year. These showcase influential wine producers many of whom we have close partnerships with, with wine makers regularly visiting us. You will get the chance to hear from the winemakers themselves while tasting their wines and experiencing a menu specifically designed to complement the wines. Keep an eye out for future events and don’t forget our annual South African wine festival – look out for the dates.

Cheese at London Bridge – Extreme cheese - London Bridge
21st Aug 2017

7pm

Out adventuring for the summer? Why not venture into the extremes of cheese?

Taste the following (all paired with fabulous wines):
SABLÉ DU BOULONNAIS - the smelliest. In November 2004 was found by researchers at Cranfield University to be the "smelliest" of 15 French and British cheeses that they tested
EMMENTAL - the biggest Probably the largest cheese made, some reach 130kg in weight and measure a metre across!
BEAUFORT - the highest, from Savoie, France with the highest elevation point at 3,855 m
ROQUEFORT - the strongest. Sitting gloriously at the "strong" end of the strength-in-cheese spectrum
BRIE DE MEAUX - the oldest Brie De Meaux was first created in the Middle Ages by the monks of the Priory of Rueil en Brie

Price: £20pp
To book email: londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7234 0891

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

A celebration of South African wine - London Bridge
29th Aug 2017

7pm

Taste some of the SA greats, featuring the following wines:

• The FMC 2015 (Ken Forrester’s Chenin Blanc, probably the best known Chenin Blanc in SA);
• Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (a racy number from a world-class winery);
• Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2016 (a top SA Chardonnay, elegant and everything you would want from a Chardonnay);
• Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2013 (a stunning wine from a vineyard following French Burgundian principles);
• Meerlust Rubicon 2013 (the all-important South African Bordeaux blend) and;
• The Chocolate Block 2015 (the ever popular Syrah blend, the “new” sensation of SA wine).

Price: £15pp
To book email: londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7234 0891

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

VB's Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz - Farringdon
29th Aug 2017

Last chance to take up our summer offer! 6 tickets for the price of 5

Test your general, wine and cheese knowledge, as well as testing the palate tasting three wines and cheeses. A lovely quiz, lots of laughs; a great evening. The winner and runner-up team wins a prize; this must be the best value ever!

Price: £10pp includes welcome drink (maximum 6 per team)
To book email: info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7353 2648

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

South African Pinot Noir - Farringdon
04th Sep 2017

7pm start
To ease you into autumn we’ve got some great balanced soft-fruit reds in the best of South African Pinot Noir.

Price: £15pp
To book email: info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call 020 7353 2648

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

Cheese at Farringdon: British vs Irish - Farringdon
11th Sep 2017

7pm start

Two champions of artisan cheese, Britain and Ireland, go head to head. High quality diary, clean air and pristine pastures make the perfect conditions for Irish cheese making. Combine that with the British greats, these home-grown varieties are sure to impress! Each cheese is matched with a wine to taste also!

Price: £20pp
To book email info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call 020 7353 2648

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

VB's Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz - London Bridge
12th Sep 2017

7pm

Test your general, wine and cheese knowledge, as well as testing the palate tasting three wines and cheeses. A lovely quiz, lots of laughs; a great evening. The winner and runner-up team wins a prize; this must be the best value ever! Challenge your work mates and come and have some fun!

Get your team on the leaderboard; the eventual winners will each get a bottle of our favourite bubbly Graham Beck!


Price: £10pp includes welcome drink (maximum 6 per team)
To book email: londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7234 0891

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

Dinner with the winemaker Murray Barlow - Farringdon
13th Sep 2017

7pm start.

Vivat Bacchus and Rustenberg Wines present.....dinner with Murray Barlow the winemaker!

Welcome drink on arrival. Four-course dinner with matching wines.

Wine list and menu coming soon...

Price: £69
To book: email info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call 020 7353 2548

Pairing wine and food: taste wine and meaty canapés South African style - London Bridge
18th Sep 2017

7pm start.

If there's one thing we do best, its SA wines paired with awesome meats. This is a food and wine pairing extravaganza:

Baked fig & goat’s cheese crostini with beef biltong shavings
Graham Beck Brut NV

Home-baked boerewors & tomato bredie sausage roll, vine-ripened plum tomatoes, rock salt
The FMC Chenin Blanc 2015

Slow roast Karoo-style lamb bonbon, chakalaka sauce
Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2014

Buffalo & soft herb frikadelle 
Meerlust Rubicon 2013

Chargrilled haunch of ostrich, green beans, fruit chutney
The Chocolate Block 2015

Price: £25pp
To book email info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call 020 7353 2648

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

Cheese at London Bridge: British vs Irish - London Bridge
25th Sep 2017

7pm start

Two champions of artisan cheese, Britain and Ireland, go head to head. High quality diary, clean air and pristine pastures make the perfect conditions for Irish cheese making. Combine that with the British greats, these home-grown varieties are sure to impress! Each cheese is matched with a wine to taste also!

Price: £20pp
To book email londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call 020 7246 0891

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

VB's Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz - Farringdon
25th Sep 2017

7pm

BUY 6 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 5!

Test your general, wine and cheese knowledge, as well as testing the palate tasting three wines and cheeses. A lovely quiz, lots of laughs; a great evening. The winner and runner-up team wins a prize; this must be the best value ever! Challenge your work mates and come and have some fun!

Get your team on the leaderboard; the eventual winners will each get a bottle of our favourite bubbly Graham Beck!


Price: £10pp includes welcome drink (maximum 6 per team)
To book email: info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7353 2648
Book over the phone and you can purchase 6 tickets for the price of 5!

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

Cheese at Farringdon: Historical cheeses - Farringdon
09th Oct 2017

7pm start

We are going back in history with our cheeses for October. Hear the stories, taste the cheeses. All paired with matching wines.

Price: 20pp
To book email: info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7353 2648

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

VB's Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz - London Bridge
10th Oct 2017

7pm

Test your general, wine and cheese knowledge, as well as testing the palate tasting three wines and cheeses. A lovely quiz, lots of laughs; a great evening. The winner and runner-up team wins a prize; this must be the best value ever! Challenge your work mates and come and have some fun!

Get your team on the leaderboard; the eventual winners will each get a bottle of our favourite bubbly Graham Beck!

Price: £10pp includes welcome drink (maximum 6 per team)
To book email: londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7234 0891

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

Cheese at London Bridge: Historical cheeses - London Bridge
23rd Oct 2017

7pm start.

We are going back in history with our cheeses for October. Hear the stories, taste the cheeses. All paired with matching wines.

Price: £20pp
To book email: londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7234 0891

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

VB's Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz - Farringdon
31st Oct 2017

7pm

Test your general, wine and cheese knowledge, as well as testing the palate tasting three wines and cheeses. A lovely quiz, lots of laughs; a great evening. The winner and runner-up team wins a prize; this must be the best value ever! Challenge your work mates and come and have some fun!

Get your team on the leaderboard; the eventual winners will each get a bottle of our favourite bubbly Graham Beck!

Price: £10pp includes welcome drink (maximum 6 per team)
To book email: info@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call: 020 7353 2648

What better way to end this event than getting 15% off your bill (valid for both food and wine) if you stay for dinner afterwards.

Latest News & Upcoming Events

Cheese at London Bridge – Extreme cheese - London Bridge

21st Aug 2017


Out adventuring for the summer? Why not venture into the extremes of cheese?

Taste the following (all paired with fabulous wines):
SABLÉ DU BOULONNAIS - the smelliest. In November 2004 was found by researchers at...


Online Tickets

A celebration of South African wine - London Bridge

29th Aug 2017


Taste some of the SA greats, featuring the following wines:

• The FMC 2015 (Ken Forrester’s Chenin Blanc, probably the best known Chenin Blanc in SA);
• Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (a racy number from a...


Online Tickets

VB's Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz - Farringdon

29th Aug 2017


Test your general, wine and cheese knowledge, as well as testing the palate tasting three wines and cheeses. A lovely quiz, lots of laughs; a great evening. The winner and runner-up team wins a prize; this must be the best value ever!

Online Tickets

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