Drinking wine in a 13th century crypt

If there’s something better than tasting top notch wines and quirky beers in a 13th century crypt on a leisurely afternoon I don’t really want to know about it.


Well that’s not entirely true, because beating such an afternoon would take some doing so I may actually want to know about it, I just don’t think there are that many better things.


But I digress.


Corks out Chester


Corks Out is an independent wine, spirit and craft ale specialist, and their Chester branch is located in the heart of the city on Watergate Street. They have 4 more stores in close proximity; Warrington, Heswall, Timperley and Alderley Edge, and the string of boutiques say their aim to demystify wine, by what it seems is helping people drink more of it with something they call a “Wine Jukebox”, which is probably the best idea anyone wanting to taste wine ever had. Ever.


The ingenious creation is safely lodged in the almost gothicesque little crypt in the Chester store (although all 5 stores have their own version of the tasting machine) and serves wine by a sample, a small or a large glass.


Corks out Chester


The wines are specifically selected by people who know far more about wine than I do and range from bottles you’d part with over £50 for, to wines with a price mark closer to a tenner.


Best thing about it? I can have a taster of a wine I probably would be far too cheap to buy by the bottle for a fraction of the price, or of a wine I haven’t even heard of before I commit to buy a whole bottle for a few tens of pounds.


Corks out Chester


And what’s even better? It’s all self-service, so there are little to no queues. All you need to do is buy a top-up card from the shop and use this to buy your wine from the machines. You pay £2 deposit for the card which will be returned to you if you take the card back, or you can keep the card. Whatever.


Some might call the space small, but I’d call it intimate. You may have to be very good friends with your fellow wine drinkers when it gets busy but the staff do their best to make sure it doesn’t get so manic people are too much in your personal space, unlike in many other watering holes where you feel like you have to even battle for oxygen. Even on race days.


Corks out Chester


But come on, it’s a 13th century crypt you’re drinking your wine in. I’d be willing to make a few sacrifices for the pleasure.


So, if fabulous wine with some rather fetching cheese boards and other small nibbles are your game, I’d head to Corks Out post haste.


Have you been in Corks Out? What did you think? Hit me up in the comments.


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  • Looks very intimate great place to take close friends or family for a special occasion (if they/you enjoy wine) 🙂

  • Nice place!
    I always enjoy a good glass of wine!
    And I actually used to be in charge of the communication for a wine bar which served wine at the glass.
    xo, Margot

  • I cant imagine a better way to spend an evening with friends. Lovely company, beautiful surroundings and good wine, bliss.

  • This looks so fun, especially the self serve aspect of it! It looks like a new adventure for everyone involved too! 🙂

  • Fazeela Ibrahim

    The place looks fab though I’m not into wie

  • Laveena Sengar

    I really like the concept. I haven’t been to a wine tasting before but would definitely love to.

  • Jasmin N

    Sounds like a wonderful wine tasting 🙂 Never been to one!

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

  • I have never been in, but it looks absolutely gorgeous :O Really nice place to visit 🙂 Thanks for sharing


  • Such a fab concept ! Love the top up swipe cards and serve your self. Makes for a great girls catch up.

  • I’m not really a wine lover but this place has that specific atmosphere so I’m pretty sure I’d like to visit it 🙂

  • That looks like the perfect place for a nice glass of wine with friends!

  • vanessa

    wow, that Looks nice!


  • I’m not a wine person but I really like the place. It looks like a nice place to hang out with friends.

  • Wonderful place! Such a great presentation and review!

  • Woww….this is looks really fun and amazing place. The place is look really cozy and really vintage. I would like to join in. Have fun dear. <3
    XOX, Kintan

  • Love to take time and enjoy wine, especially Montenegrin ones, you should try them for sure xox


  • A wine jukebox?! I’m in!! Looks a really nice place to go to, it’s definitely something different. Hope they get some stores open up here 🙂 xx

  • Wow this sounds amazing!! The space looks very nice and cozy too. This is making me want to go to another wine tasting!