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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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from 11am for lunch, brunch & dinner with live jazz

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
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  • Tastings and dinners


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. 


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.

28th May 2016

We are very excited to announce that from 13th February we are open on Saturdays!

From 11am for brunch, lunch & dinner

FEATURING LIVE JAZZ between 2.30 - 5pm & 8 - 11pm

Plus at Farringdon, a free glass of Graham Beck fizz with every main course!

South African Wine Festival
05th May 2016

3rd to 5th May -
Come and taste our favourite South African wines and meet the wine makers and personalities. Book now for the tastings or the complete tasting and wine dinner experience.

Wine Tasting: Taste wines from five wineries each night

Tuesday May 3rd
- Glenelly
- Rustenberg
- Kaapzicht
- Ernie Els
- Kanonkop.

Wednesday May 4th
- Vergelegen
- Springfield
- Graham Beck
- De Toren
- Le Riche

Thursday May 5th
- Meerlust
- Paul Cluver
- Bouchard Findlayson
- Reyneke
- Boekenhoutskloof

Price: £10pp 5.30pm

Wine dinners: Welcome drink and four courses with matching wines (one glass of wine per course included in price)
Price: £59pp 7pm

You can book both for £65!
To book email: or call: 020 7353 2648

Bubbles & cheese: a classic combination
09th May 2016

9th May 2016 - 7pm

This month it is fizz with a twist – you will get to taste it with some splendid cheese pairings as well.

Price: £20pp
To book email: or call: 020 7353 2648

VB’s wine and cheese tasting quiz
10th May 2016

10th May 2016- 7pm

A bottle of Graham Beck fizz for the winner and a scrumptious cheese board for the runner up.

Price: £8pp - maximum 6 per team
To book email: or call: 020 7234 0891

How do South African wines mature? Taste six 2005 vintages
16th May 2016

16th May - 7pm

We are excited to see how SA wines from 2005 have matured after more than 10 years. Taste Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak '05, Kanonkop Pinotage '05, Tokara Red Blend '05, Kanonkop Paul Sauer '05, Meerlust Rubicon '05 and Boekenhoutskloof Syrah '05.

Price: £39pp
Book now – limited spaces available.
To book email: or call: 020 7353 2648

Step into summer: an evening of white wine
16th May 2016

16th May - 7pm

By now we should have had a hint of summer so it’s time to think about white wine. We will compare Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay from around the world.

Price: £15pp
To book email: or call: 020 7234 0891

VB’s blind wine tasting championship 2016: Round 4
23rd May 2016

23rd May - 7pm

It’s not too late to come and compete, with six wines to test the taste buds and a bottle of wine or fizz up for grabs at every event.

Price: £15pp
To book email: or call: 020 7353 2648

Cheese at London Bridge, the classics! Cheddar
23rd May 2016

23rd May - 7 pm

This is a really great cheese variety to pair with wine and it comes in all sorts of strengths and flavours. Come and see what we’ve chosen from our famous cheese room, all paired with some cracking wines, ranging from a delectable bubbly to a powerful Syrah.

Price: £20pp
To book email: or call: 020 7234 0891

Bubbles and red!!! Rothschild wines
06th Jun 2016

6th June - 7 pm

Few names are so dramatically involved in wine as the Rothschild families in France. You’ll taste a selection of Champagne and red wine.

Price: £20pp
To book email: or call: 020 7353 2648

World Sauvignon Blanc – including Cloudy Bay
06th Jun 2016

6th June - 7 pm

Summer time at VB equals Sauvignon Blanc and we have a varying selection of this popular grape variety - taste six wines including the iconic Cloudy Bay from New Zealand.

Price: £15pp
To book email: or call: 020 7234 0891

13th Jun 2016

13th June - 7pm

A great tasting including their fabulous Semillon, terrific Chocolate Block, Wolftrap Syrah and more.

Price: £15pp
To book email: or call: 020 7353 2648

VB’s wine & cheese tasting quiz
14th Jun 2016

14th June - 7 pm

Join our leader board and compete for a bottle of Graham Beck fizz. Lots of banter and fun.

Price: £8pp – maximum 6 per team
To book email: or call: 020 7234 0891

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