Trio of industry names unites to open wine and cocktail bar

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Three leading figures in Britain’s bar and restaurant sector have joined forces to open a new wine and cocktail bar in London.

68 and Boston is being developed by Eric Yu, founder of London restaurant and bar operator The Breakfast Group, with Luca Cordiglieri, the former bar manager of China Tang at The Dorchester in London, and Martin Malley, owner of London wine merchant and bar group Planet of the Grapes.

They have taken over the site of former gay bar Green Carnation in Greek Street in Soho, which closed in January after 10 years, and will launch it in September with an interior created by leading hospitality specialist Kai Design.

The all-day wine bar, called 68, will feature a main list of good-quality wines, all priced at £20 per bottle. The late-night cocktail bar, called Boston, will offer classics and originals from £10. A bespoke menu of bar food will be created by a neighbouring restaurant.

Eric, whose ventures includes West End bars Opium and The Social, said: “We have named the wine bar ‘68’. There are 67 wine-producing nations in the world. We want to encourage people to choose their wines adventurously and try regions and grape varieties that are unfamiliar to them, and so 68 will stretch their horizons that bit further.

“Upstairs, Boston will be a loungy, late-night destination with an authentic cocktail bar ambience.”

Luca (pictured below) was bar manager of restaurant and bar China Tang which he left last week after more than seven years. He is also president of the UK Bartenders’ Guild.

68 and Boston is recruiting for experienced wine bar staff and cocktail bartenders. Email

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