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Colmore Row’s newest resident – wine bar, Vagabond – has opened its doors, serving up the finest wines by the glass (or the bottle).
The multi-award-winning experiential bar sees guests pick and pour from over 100 wines, all stored in its innovative wine dispensers. Most impressively, its dispensers are controlled via its phone app or a Vagabond card, unlocking a journey of wine discovery unlike any other.
The first taste of Vagabond outside of London, the Birmingham bar brings the brand’s signature vibe to 92-98 Colmore Row and boasts space for 200. What’s more, the bar even features a hidden private tasting room for 20 in the building’s former bank vault, which will be available for private bookings from mid-November.
Its state-of-the-art wine dispensers allow guests to select from over 100 wines, sample a 25ml measure to find the perfect match, before self-serving medium or large glasses all at the click of a button. After the wine is poured, those using the app will have tasting notes available on their phones so they can learn as they sip; creating an interactive experience, the app even allows you to rate your wine, so that it can recommend others that suit your style.
In a bid to make wine discovery simpler, the wines are grouped by flavour-profile - rather than grape or vintage - encouraging visitors to try different varieties and find new favourites. Better still, a majority of the wines on offer are sourced by the in-house sommeliers, from small, independent wineries around the world, meaning they are often exclusive to Vagabond in the UK.
Speaking about what Birmingham can expect, Colin Thorne, wine buyer at Vagabond, comments: “The Vagabond experience is truly about discovery and helping people to fall in love with wine. So much of the time, wine is seen as something to be studied or something that people show-off about; we want to change that and make wine-tasting accessible, interesting, and fun!
“There are so many gems amongst the wine list that we’ve crafted, all focusing on our ethos of sourcing interesting wines from little known grapes, producers and regions. It also includes my personal favourites: our own range of Vagabond wines, which we make ourselves in London. I am certain that we have a wine for every palate, every occasion, and everyone, and I’m excited to raise a glass (or two!) with Birmingham.
For those looking for something different to wine, Vagabond does not disappoint: there will also be a selection of 10 self-pour local draught beers, hand-selected spirits, and an expertly crafted cocktail menu. Added to this, the bar will also serve food, including cheese and charcuterie boards, pizzas and an amazing steak sharer and fries.
Vagabond Birmingham will be open seven days a week and will begin serving this weekend. To book your table at Vagabond, visit vagabondwines.co.uk/book
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