With more than 40 wines available by the glass at any given time, this wine bar aims to eliminate elitism from wine appreciation by making some of the more expensive ones available to try in small, medium or large measures. It’s a great way to while away an afternoon. But, I hear you ask, how is it possible to have so many bottles open without the wine oxidising? Well, the secret is in the line of automatic dispensing machines which keep the bottles airtight. Just ask for a card, load it with credit, stick it in the slot and taste your way through as many wines as you can afford.
Now, this is my favourite wine bar, not only because of the huge variety on offer, but also because it’s a very nice space, in a relatively quiet corner of town where it is possible to sit outside or in, depending on the weather, and contemplate which tipple to take before you walk across the road to the Art Gallery. And, in case you don’t like to be served by robots, the ultra-friendly people who run the place will happily talk you through what is on offer. They will also sell you bottles to take home – though I believe that wine is best enjoyed in company and ‘in the moment’ so I spend as much time as possible in Salut. I also keep an eye on their Twitter feed so I know when new wines and offers are coming.