Formerly Trade, a members-only club for those in the hospitality industry, this underground Soho spot has relaunched as a late-night restaurant and wine bar under the same team of master sommeliers, Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset.
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“A hidden gem in Soho” for œnophiles – this “lovely, intimate basement” has a “great selection of wines for the enthusiast”, including “old, rare and super-interesting bottles”, “from top producers and at affordable prices”. Founded by master sommeliers Gearoid Daveney and Xavier Rousset as the premises for Trade, a private club for people working in hospitality, it remains at its best as an after-hours option. There’s a “simple menu” of charcuterie, well-made cheese toasties and the like. Top Tip – “a dangerous joint to know about as it’s open till 3am on weekends!” (1am midweek).
“No better place to unwind with a great bottle of wine in central London”, say early fans of this new (since September 2020) heart-of-Soho hideaway: a cosy, underground haunt that was previously known as Trade (a members-only club for those in the hospitality industry) and which was relaunched by the same team as a ‘boutique late-night wine bar’ and restaurant that’s open to all. Master sommeliers Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset stock a walk-in Coravin cellar with well-priced fine wines sold by the glass. The menu is simple stuff – charcuterie, cheese, steak, some tapas-y sharing plates – but really comes into its own in the wee hours as the place is open till 1am early in the week and 3am at weekends. “Small mark-ups on the ‘black book’ wine list with both classics and under the radar gems, plus great cocktails and decent food means it’s worth venturing into this basement hangout”.
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|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
23 Frith Street, London, W1D 4RR
|Tuesday||5 pm‑1 am|
|Wednesday||5 pm‑1 am|
|Thursday||5 pm‑3 am|
|Friday||5 pm‑3 am|
|Saturday||5 pm‑3 am|