Another? Wine Bar is a self-serve wine bar situated in Trinity Square in Nottingham city centre. Even with clear branding on the building and a sandwich board outside, I’d describe it as a hidden gem. And now we’ve been the first time, we’ll definitely be back…
It’s upstairs, up steep, narrow stairs. We walked up, wondering what we’d find and muttering about a ‘recipe for drunken disaster,’ regarding the aforementioned stairs, however we later realised that narrow is good after a drink or three!
The concept is very simple: on arrival, give your name and receive a credit-sized card with a chip in return. Grab a glass, choose from a range of white, rose and red wines and push your card into the relevant machine. Hold the glass under the spout of your chosen wine and press the appropriate size button (large, right?).
The wines all have tasting notes underneath and the staff are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. We got chatting to Hannah, who clearly knows her wines! Once we’d sat down, we got a bowl of nibbles — a welcome extra. Whilst it’s predominantly a wine bar, there are a few beers — and water, of course — available to suit other tastes.
We didn’t have time or the appetite whilst we were there but I’ve seen photos of the cheese and meat boards on social media and we’ll definitely be going back to sample them. We were told the cheese is bought from a local, independent supplier and that fits with the ethos of so much of Nottingham that I love.
The wines are all hand-selected by the staff, including those on the specials board, and aren’t available in the supermarket. I tried the Raides Bulles semi-sparkling rose, it’s unfiltered and quite frankly, delicious. Sadly, it’s at the end of a limited appearance at Another? which is a huge shame. We also very much enjoyed Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel, a full-bodied red,very similar to our favourite Canadian wine.
The atmosphere in Another? is also worth a mention — brick interior, candles, a range of seating and a comfortable air of intimacy.
It may become my joint second home in Nottingham.