Fancy an excuse to get out for a Tuesday night tipple? Today is National Wine Drinking Day and here is a list of the five best stopping-off places for a Salford wine bar crawl.

Portages Tapas and Wine Bar

A hidden gem on Salford’s Chapel Street is Porta Tapas and Wine Bar. If you fancy some authentic Spanish tapas with a beautiful glass of wine, head down to Porta.

With its classic and cozy vibe, Porta prides itself on embracing the true concept of tapas, allowing people to enjoy a social experience catching up with friends over a unique bottle of wine and a few small plates.

The chain run by brothers Ben and Joe Wright began in Chester, then added Altrincham in 2016, and finally Salford in 2018.

Porta has a short, but frequently updated, wine list. Manager Jack Walford said: “You can have a huge long wine list that’s going to have all sorts of things but we go for quality over quantity here at Porta. A lot of our wines are not recognisable wines because they are blends but our aim is to encourage people to try new wines.

“Our house red comes in at a very reasonable £11.70 for a carafe, perfect for sharing, and our top end Rioja is £30.”

He describes Porta and its unique Spanish wine list in the video below.

Click here to visit Porta’s website.


Foodwell Firefly Bar

Foodwell is a Californian-inspired restaurant and mindfulness studio by day and Firefly, the charming and intimate bar by night, which prides itself on being an indulgent place to meet eat, drink and relax.

From 6pm every night, the Fireflys come alive, transforming the minimal and bright, interior into a cozy, immersive bar decorated with plants, and a low handing roof forest which creates a stunning botanical venue to share a glass of wine and enjoy the atmosphere.

Foodwell has an extensive wine list, so there is sure to be a wine that suites everyone. The prices range from an affordable £5.50 for a glass or £28 for a bottle of the Verdejo or Cinsault to £70 for a bottle of Chateau Musar.

Head down to Foodwell at One New Bailey to enjoy a glass of wine with friends, click here to book a table.


The Botanist

The Botanist in MediaCityUK is entered via fairy tale stairs which lead up into a beautiful garden-themed bar, which is perfect for escaping the busy outside world.

The wine menu at The Botanist includes a substantial list of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines ranging from £20.95 for a bottle of chenin blanc to £59 for a bottle of Châteauneuf‑du‑pape, so there is a perfect glass for every wine lover.

Live music is on at the Botanist every Wednesday to Sunday, a perfect excuse to try out a few glasses from The Botanist’s wine list.

The Botanist also features intertwining rooms with comfortable furniture and social areas, along with a balcony looking out to MediaCityUK and the Quays, creating the perfect atmosphere for chilled after work drinks or a social get together.

To book a table, click here.


Mengarie is a vibrant experience by night, with experience at every level, featuring events and entertainment such as burlesque dancers, contortion acts and singers from 7.30pm every Friday and Saturday.

The interior of the New Bailey venue mixes contemporary with a new, dynamic and vivid twist, creating a refreshing vibe perfect for a group social drinking experience.

Mengarie features a carefully selected wine list, from £4.70 for a glass of the house white or red, to £8 for a glass of Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rose.

Throughout Feburary, head down to celebrate Fizz February after dry January with special bottles of Prosecco for £20 between 5pm to 8pm  from Sunday to Friday, book a table to ensure you do not miss out.

Click here to make a reservation.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist is known for its ‘theatre in a glass’ cocktails but it is also a beautiful venue whatever you are drinking.

Especially in summer, The Alchemist is the perfect place to relax in the sun and enjoy a cool glass of wine in Salford out on the terrace overlooking the Quays. In the winter months the interior is a cozy place to relax.

Prices range from £5.50 for a glass or £20 for a bottle of macabeo to £45 for a bottle of cabernet sauvignon.

To make a booking, click here.


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