Nottingham’s first self-serve wine bar opens its doors this weekend, and earlier this week I got to try the intriguing concept for myself.
Another? is a beautiful, cosy exposed-brick venue nestled on the upper floors of a building on Trinity Square and is dedicated to wine, wine and more wine. You won’t find any gin (sadly) or beer, but what you will find is a selection of 32 wines housed in a self-serve machine.
The selection of wines will change, but includes reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines. There are the familiar varieties of Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Malbec, but there are lesser known offerings.
Wines are available in 25ml sample sizes or a 125ml/175ml glass, so if there are wines you are unsure about you can easily give them a go.
HOW IT WORKS
The whole premise of the bar is having a choice without feeling any pressure. We’ve all been there – even with the nicest bartender in the world you still feel under pressure to choose quickly. In Another? the tasting notes are displayed under every wine which you can browse for as long as you like.
The process is incredibly simple. On arrival, you will be greeted and seated by staff and provided with a tab card. Then you simply head to the self-serve machine and grab a glass. Once you’ve picked your poison simply insert your card into the machine until the display shows your tab details. Then simply click the button to dispense your wine of choice in your desired size!
My favourite of the evening was definitely the fruity white Les Hauts de Morin-Langaran Picpoul de Pinet. Written down that name looks very intimidating so I’m not sure I’d ever order it off a menu. But being able to read the tasting notes and grab a glass by myself somehow made it less scary.
It’s up to you to keep an eye on your spend, but your tab amount is displayed every time you insert your card. The prices vary as you would expect with such a large range of wines, but there is something for every taste and budget on offer.
Nottingham is known for its popular and thriving independent businesses, and I have no doubt that Another?’s self-serve wine concept is going to become a firm favourite for many in the city. I’ll be back for another round soon!