96 Rodney Road, SE17 1BG
Curiously named (and inspired) by the infamous Greek philosopher of cynicism, Diogenes arrives in Elephant & Castle from stellar hospitality stock and an inquisitive nature for new vintages. Sunny Hodge (Margot, Fordwich Arms) has turned a former pub into a new-wave wine bar and shop with wine’s counterculture at its forefront. Forty percent of Diogenes’ wine list is imported directly from vineyards, and you can expect regions you’ve (really) never heard from before for wine, including Poland and Texas. Presented in order of tone rather than region or price to throw off any lingering preconceptions of wine, glasses are priced between £5 and £14, so you’ll find something whatever budget you’re on. In the evenings, small boards of Italian cheeses and charcuterie from Cannon & Cannon meats are also available. We love that they’re also open from 8am, so any last minute weekend dashes to stock a wine rack ahead of a party are saved!