Quiet drinks aren’t particularly easy to come by in Shoreditch. And if you want a glass of wine but don’t want it as part of a meal, the chances are you’re going to have to settle for a giant glass of Blossom Hill at a crowded and uncomfortable pub. The Grocery Wine Bar couldn’t be more different. It’s a bright and friendly spot attached to an organic supermarket on Kingsland Road. The bar isn’t quite so virtuous, but the wines are good, natural, and the staff are always happy to suggest something you might never have tried before, and you can drink anything from the wine section of the supermarket for just £10 corkage. It’s a great spot for catching up with an old friend, or for a date with someone you’ve never met before, when you don’t want to have to jostle past a start-up crew to get another round.

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