After three years of popping-up all over London and a successful Kickstarter campaign, itinerant wine company A Grape Night In are settling into their first permanent home in Tooting Market, a wine shop, bar and kitchen called Unwined in Tooting.
Unwined is a labour of love from Laura Ward and Kiki Evans, co-founders of A Grape Night In. It is the culmination of the experiences they have had over the years of being a pop-up business. The girls fell in love with Tooting, tipped to be the next up-and-coming area of South London, over a year ago when out on a recce to see where they would like to set up home.
As with their company’s ethos the girls have created a welcoming, friendly and rustic venue where wine lovers can come to find and enjoy unique wines. White washed walls, wine bottles lights, a ‘family wall’ of photos, and a huge cork-topped tasting table combine to create a very relaxed and social space. In true A Grape Night In style, Unwined specialises in quirky wines from unheard of grape varieties, lesser known regions and engaging stories, alongside a range of craft beers and a sharing style menu.
From Monday to Wednesday Unwined focuses on the shop side, which showcases a minimum of 50 lines to take away or drink in, and shortly to host mid-week tastings. Towards the end of the week the space becomes more of a bar with a sharing style menu offered Thursday to Sunday and late night opening on Friday and Saturday nights.
Laura & Kiki are keen to maintain the evolving and changing nature of a pop-up and so will be offering eight featured wines every month available by the glass, inspired by a current topic (for example July’s wines are inspired by the beach). In the kitchen the girls are inviting pop-up chefs to takeover the kitchen Thursday to Sunday for month-long residencies, while setting them the challenge to create a sharing menu to pair to the month’s featured wines.
The bar seats 30 in total, but spill out space for drinking is in essence unlimited. Unwined operates on a walk-in basis but takes reservations for larger groups of 6 or more. Alternatively, guests can book on for The Unwined Sessions on Saturday night or Sunday lunch. The Unwined Sessions are a social wine and food tasting experience, hosted by the girls they include 4 courses of wines with paired dishes from the current resident chef. Tickets for The Unwined Sessions can be booked at Unwined directly through Edible Experiences.