A room with brick arched ceilings, a country and chairs

The Drop, London N1: wine bar review

Try this King's Cross wine bar that places low-intervention, small and offbeat producers centre stage

Looking for bars in King’s Cross? Read our review of The Drop, an intimate wine bar specialising in quirky producers

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Drop in a nutshell: Buzzy wine bar in the Coal Drops Yard development at King’s Cross, from the people behind Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor.

Where is it? An eight-minute walk from King’s Cross underground station.


What’s the vibe?

Exposed brick walls, low-arched ceilings and soft lighting give The Drop an intimate, unpretentious feel. There’s a counter to perch on, long sharing tables, and an open kitchen sends out fragrant aromas.

A room with low ceilings and wooden tables and chairs
The Drop’s interior

What’s the drinks menu like?  

The chiefly European wine list focusses on mostly low-intervention and small producers, from France to Georgia. There’s lots to explore here, but unfortunately not much available by the glass (aside from aperitifs, digestifs and dessert wines). Check out our guide to natural wines here.


Which wines to order?

Staff are happy to offer advice and their recommendations hit the spot – a Tour Blanc Summertime 2016 was a buttery, full-bodied white, with appealing toast and yogurt notes. An Occhipinti SP 68 Bianco 2017 orange wine had lovely tropical fruit and floral aromas.


Is there any food?

The open kitchen whips up bistro-style dishes with a mostly British theme – think English onion soup with montgomery toast, guinea fowl and girolle pie, and hake with shrimp and lemon butter. Click here for more wine bars that serve food.

Plates of food, a bottle and a glass of wine
Wine and British bistro dishes at The Drop

Where to go nearby for dinner: Check out the restaurants in Coal Drops Yard, from Pip Lacey’s Hicce to tacos at Casa Pastor. Read our review of Hicce here.

olive says: King’s Cross can lack in choice for drinking options so this is a welcome arrival – stop by for a convivial glass of wine before a train journey, or stay for dinner.

Price: From £5 for a glass of wine.

thedropwinebar.co.uk

Words by Hannah Guinness

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Photographs by Joe Woodhouse