1. Ham & Sherry
Walk through this tapas restaurant and past its sherry selection (the largest in Asia) to mix it up at the Back Bar, a bodega hidden behind tinted glass at the rear of the room. Try There’s Something About Sherry, a stiff mix of amontillado, amaretto, rum, lemon and bitters served with fruit in a would-be hair-gel jar.
1-7 Ship St., Wanchai, 852-2555-0628
Sitting on a corner of Tompkins Square Park, Donostia brings Basque cuisine to the East Village. Grab a seat at the long, lean marble bar, and take your pick of over 50 different sherries served up by the glass while grazing on bite-size San Sebastián specialties. To get this pintxo party started, order a glass of bone-dry manzanilla and mussels escabeche (canned but quality, which is par for the small courses in Spain).
155 Avenue B, 646-256-9773
With an inviting interior that gives off a sunny Spanish glow, this West End spot is perfect for an impromptu intro to sherry. Each variety gets a paragraph of description – on provenance, the aging process and possible notes of crème brûlée – as well as pairing tips, so even novice drinkers are in the know. Enjoy a glass of nutty Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado with some cured jamón for a little slice of Seville in London.
62 Goodge St., 44-20-7436-9448
4. Salt Tasting Room
At the Gastown pioneer of fortified vino, mix and match a seasonal selection of artisanal cheeses and small-batch cured meats with a trio of in-house condiments (hello, Guinness mustard!) and a flight of three sherries: It’s like a choose-your-own Andalusian adventure. Start with a chilled glass of Tio Pepe Fino En Rama and a wedge of Neal’s Yard Lincolnshire Poacher, then see where the menu takes you.
45 Blood Alley, 604-633-1912