The Black Bottle
The Black Bottle
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Adam P
2 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
I was on a Night out visiting Winchester and decided a wine bar a good stop. This place was very disappointing. On entry we had to buy a cards and put credit credit on them. This started at £10. At this point you have no idea of price or wines? We purchased a card with credit and headed in. The wine dispenser displayed wine served in small medium and large sizes. First the card did not work in machine. Call for staff help. Then a payment error came up again staff called to help. The wine on sale was nothing special as I could not find the usual nice wines such as Chablis Sancerre that you would expect in a good wine bar. We had one small which was literally just a taster mouth full and one large which looked like 175ml. That was £10 gone as the remaining balance on the card could not be spent as prices higher than it and it was not refundable. I would avoid this place. Not sure if the licensing authority are not getting complaints about this place but it should as had a feel of being ripped off like at a fun fair. The only good thing was the interior decoration. The black bottle falls far short of expectation from the owners other businesses the black hole b and b and the black boy Pub. My advice is to save your money for a good pub or restaurant.
Written 29 May 2023
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toxcox
Dorset, UK74 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
2nd visit here and still nice even if it was a little cold for us. Some great wine, some not to my taste, so nice to be able to try a few. I like the oldie vibe, but broken chairs is a little too rustic. Will come again
Written 25 February 2023
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twoflowers2017
Winchester, UK201 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Whilst the concept is quirky the overall experience I won’t be repeating. The white wine was so warm in some of the bottles that has been sat there for a while. Ruining the taste. Minimal selection of Rose wine available.
The rooms are interesting. And decor whilst meant to be shabby and quirky could do with a clean. The downstairs toilet was filthy disgusting.
I would give it a go and make your own opinion.
Written 19 February 2023
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Flo14
Bournemouth, UK18 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Unique concept and actually a good one for trying expensive wine before you commit to buying a whole glass.

Place was very unique, staff friendly. Meat and cheese platters good but very slow receiving them.

Only things that were odd was that you couldn’t purchase a whole bottle of wine and please recover the armchairs. No one wants to sit on a chair with horse wire sticking out the arms of it. I get the intention and uniqueness but it was just a bit gross…
Written 10 July 2022
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JKW
3 contributions
Feb 2022
First visit to The Black Bottle. and we really liked it. Only change we would suggest would be a couple of candles and slightly dimmer lighting - it's all very bright but lots of potential to be cosy with less harsh lighting. Either way we will certainly be back.
Written 27 February 2022
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Natalia D
4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
I had a fantastic experience today at the black bottle, came with friends the service was amazing even though it was just a handsome young man greeted us at the door and made us feel very welcome, he was very attentive and efficient. I loved the wine dispensers great concept Would definitely come back
Written 23 January 2022
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Cardy451
108 contributions
Oct 2020
We had a 3 night stay in Winchester and so I was searching for places to go. This was a great find and we loved the majority of the white wines we tried. We enjoyed this place much more than a similar wine place in London. Staff were also super friendly which always makes a difference. Thanks!
Written 27 October 2020
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Colin R
London, UK59 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Wonderful staff who are very friendly and helpful. Great selection of wines. We really enjoyed our visit and would recommend.
Written 29 August 2020
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We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 30 August 2020
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peter b b
Falmouth, UK10 contributions
Dec 2019
For the customer it is a ridiculous experience.
Card idea doesnt work for customers
Very limited choice.
wait for relpenishment
Wine over priced for "quality"
Written 24 December 2019
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Hi 333peterbb We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us, although it has left us a little confused. The card system works very well but we do admit it does, like most technology, have its moments but that's one of the reasons that we have a very dedicated team that are always here to help with any issue that might occur. As for having a very limited choice our machines serve 32 different wines at any one time along with a fully serviced bar with a full range of beer, cider, spirits and soft drinks as well as also selling over 130 different wines by the bottle. Waiting for replenishment is something I can only apologise we did not do this quick enough for you but when we are busy this can take a couple of minutes, especially if more than one wine needs changing. Also we only actually replenish the wine after it gets below a certain amount other wise it would be an incredibly wasteful process especially given the fact that huge positive about the machines is the minimal waste. The wine being over priced for "quality" again I can only apologise that from the 32 different wines in the machines you were unable to find something that you thought was of good enough quality for what you paid. We do try our best to ensure that we always keep a range of wines across a broad a price range as we can to ensure we meet every ones price point, but this is the first time that the quality of our wine has been brought in to question as we use 6 very respectable suppliers and have worked very hard with them to ensure the wines that we offer are of the best quality. If you do re visit us in the future please don't hesitate to speak to any of the staff if you are having any issues with the machines, I can ensure you they will only be more than happy to help you and this also goes for helping you to find a wine that you might find to be a "quality" wine.
Written 28 December 2019
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PammyG
Winchester, UK13 contributions
Sept 2019 • Friends
Last night I had a great time at the Black Bottle's Southern Italy wine tasting event with Nigel from Liberty wines. It was very interesting and fun experience. I was able to try a number of grape varieties I had never heard of, and very tasty they were too. All accompanied by one of the Black Bottle's great charcuterie boards.
A very informative and fun event. As usual, the staff at the Black Bottle were superb, friendly and hospitable.
I thoroughly recommend visitors to Winchester try out The Black Bottle as the concept is rare to find elsewhere. The atmosphere is very homely and ideal for the coming autumn and winter... well- anytime really... I will definitely be returning.
Written 13 September 2019
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