Wine, glorious wine. We crave a glass after a tough week (day) at work, we slurp its deliciousness down with (almost) every meal and we dream about it on most weekends (before bathing in it on a Saturday night). While there’s nothing wrong with opening a bottle with your bestie on a Sunday arvo, it’s still kinda nice to swap your comfy onesie for the dimly-lit sultriness of a wine bar IRL. Here are our favourite wine bars in Sydney.
This is legit the place of a thousand wines (yep, the actual Italian translation is just that). One of Sydney’s most-loved wine bars is here to celebrate all things wine/that compliment wine/that are wine, making it the numero uno spot for an aperitivo, a quick bite or a full-blown meal perfectly paired with the sweetest of drops.
Let’s be honest; any bar with the word ‘rosé’ in it, is going to be a personal fave without fail. Bar Brosé, the newest snack and wine bar in Darlinghurst (aka where The Passage used to be), focusses on French wines and European-inspired eats from AM to PM (well, ‘till 1.30am anyway).
10 William Street
You could easily visit 10 William Street each and every day, and never get bored thanks to an extensive, ever-evolving wine list full of red, whites, orange and natural wines scrawled across a giant blackboard. The service is impeccable, with each and every 10 William-worker a food/wine enthusiast (which makes for the perfect-pairing suggestion when devouring pasta at the bar).
121BC refers to a vintage of Falernian wine—aka an acclaimed ‘cru’ of the Roman age, considered to be the “vintage of a lifetime. In other words, anything that was potentially considered cool AF by Julius Caesar, is cool AF to us. With a focus on small artisan producers and Italian local varieties, best to dig into the share and seasonal plates with you best friend/super-cute date to show off.
The Wine Library
If libraries are filled with hundreds and thousands of books, one can only guess what The Wine Library is comprised of… (vino, for those playing at home #duh). Okay, so there’s 350 handpicked drops which make up the 15-page wine menu and an awesome courtyard which provides the perfect place to share a bottle of red or white (or both?).
deVine Food and Wine
Here’s a place that knows how to satisfy the ‘ol palate. Whether you’re a wine expert or a total novice, deVine caters to all erm, drinkers. Based in the CBD, it’s all the perfect spot for an after-work de-stress (with its top tipple, of course) while working through the gourmet creations served up by the kitchen.
When Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt join forces to open a wine bar and eatery, we know it’s going to be the ultimate #foodandwineporn. Experimenting with a more casual offering, best to create your own tasting menu and choose from Nick’s wine list (which features over 500 wines from around the world), with many exclusive to Monopole. Note: the wines are offered by glass or carafe for something a little different.
Love Tilly Devine
Love Tilly Devine: the place you go to drink well as opposed to just getting drunk. The perfect spot to take a good friend of a prospective lover (ohhhh, hai), each and every one of the 300 wines tastes like fruit and herbs and flowers and minerals (not oak or alcohol).
GPO Cheese And Wine Room
Cheese + wine = ABSOLUTE AND UTTER PERFECTION. Affectionately named the “Temple of Cheese”, the a la carte Cheese and Wine Room menu changes every season to offer up the best Australian and European cheese fondue and antipasti, gourmet accompaniments and over 250 international and Australian boutique wines.
Fix St James
One way to describe this mammoth wine menu? Eclectic. Fix St James, one of our fave inner-city haunts, has a mega 200+ wines for you to dabble with. And while you’re intention might be purely to pop in for a vino, you might be tempted to stick around for a deliciously exxy main (which is worth every. single. penny).
Ash Street Cellar
A modern Euro-style bistro tucked behind the Ivy, Ash St Cellar’s plentiful of European tapas with French, Italian and Spanish influences… which make us salivate a little more than we probably should at this time of the day. Franck Moreau, Merivale’s Master Sommelier, has your vino needs covered, presiding over a world-class wine list that doesn’t disappoint.
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Image credit: Lisa Brooke at 121BC