Typically housed in tiny, tucked-away venues—fromageries and wine bars are popping up in just about every pocket of Sydney.
Whether you prefer a Parmesan, Gouda or cheddar with a good-old shiraz; a cut of brie, Gruyere or goat's cheese with your Chardonnay; or a slice of Gorgonzola with a splash of port—we have roundup 15 of Sydney's finest cheese and wine bars. Settle in for the night, and slip into sensory overload.
Bambini Wine Room | CBD
Amongst the hustle and bustle of Sydney's CBD, Bambini Wine Room is a lovely spot for after work drinks, or, an intimate affair. This charming city wine bar boasts an extensive selection by the glass, and an ever-changing array of local and imported cheeses to match their charcuterie and salumi share plates.
The Bar at the End of the Wharf | Walsh Bay
With a cheese platter of blue cheese, Cheddar, grissini, honey, walnuts and quince paste, how can you not love The Bar at the End of the Wharf? Sitting beside the Sydney Theatre Company at Walsh Bay's Pier 4, The Bar at the End of the Wharf is ideal for pre-, or post-theatre drinks.
Berta | CBD
Famed amongst Sydneysiders, this buzzing, laneway gem specialises in seasonal Italian produce. The generous-sized, three-cheese Fromaggi will certainly get you excited, while the bespoke wine list features some of Italy's finest and most interesting drops.
Bloodwood Restaurant & Bar | Newtown
Bloodwood in Newtown is not your average bar. The funky interior, with doors hanging from the ceiling and birdcage lights, gives it a cool, local vibe indicative of the neighbourhood itself. With an emphasis on organic or biodynamic wines, and an impressive cheese selection, Bloodwood is certainly worth a visit.
Cafe Nice | CBD
The latest eatery from Sydney power-house, Fratelli Fresh, Café Nice is constantly abuzz. If you're lucky enough to nab a table, the French/Italian menu includes a beautiful selection of cheeses to pair with an extensive wine list of vin blanc, vin rouge and Champagne.
Chapter One Coffee & Wine Room | Bondi Beach
This café-cum-wine bar (up on the hill) is a tiny, winter hideaway. A favourite amongst locals, Chapter One Coffee & Wine Room is full of character, and claims a carefully curated wine list and a selection of delicious cheeses and charcuterie.
The Commons | Darlinghurst
Set in a heritage farmhouse in Darlinghurst, The Commons offers a simple menu containing seasonal, local produce and boutique wines. The cheese plate is no exception, and is presented with generous portions and good-looking condiments. Also, enjoy live blues in the downstairs bar on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday night.
Formaggi Ocello | Surry Hills
Claiming Sydney's largest selection of Italian, French and Australian farmhouse cheeses, Formaggi Ocello is a cheese lover's haven. Indulge in one of their monthly cheese and wine nights, where you can taste your way through six cheeses and corresponding wines.
GPO Cheese and Wine Room | CBD
It's all about the cheese at the GPO Cheese and Wine Room. This iconic, glamorous space has fast become a temple for cheese and wine lovers. The tasting flights pair-up three seasonal cheeses with their related wines, making it the ideal indulgence.
Hemingway's Manly | Manly
This small, beachside bar feels more like a library, with books lining the walls and a menu carved out in typewriter font. Sink into the leather sofas upstairs and share in the ultimate love story—that between wine and cheese.
The Stinking Bishops | Newtown
Recently opened in Newtown, The Stinking Bishops is a cheesemonger-cum-wine bar, serving up a vast selection of local and imported delicacies, such as Comté, cheddar, Manchego, Tilsit and taleggio. Pair it with your choice of whiskey, wine and beer. What else could you want?
The Local Bar | Neutral Bay
One of the best on the North Shore, this hole-in-the-wall bar is certainly worth drinking to. With local and imported hand-selected cheeses, and a knockout wine list, The Local Bar is an excellent spot to indulge in an afternoon splash.
The Lodge Wine Bar | Balmain
Hidden below the Balmain Lodge, this boutique wine bar has more than 200 wines on offer—from the Yarra Valley to Mendoza, Burgandy and Piedmont. The crowd is eclectic, the décor comfy, and as for the cheese, an assembly of Gorgonzola, Manchego and triple-cream.
Love, Tilly Devine | Darlinghurst
A nod to Sydney's bygone neighbourhood icon, Tilly Devine, this excellent wine bar is a hot-spot amongst locals. With cheeses sourced from Gippsland, Barossa and Tassie, and an international wine list of 300, Love, Tilly Devine just gets it right.
Mille Vini | Surry Hills
Sitting in this intimate, dimply-lit bar on Crown Street, you could be in Europe. Their wine list is one of the largest around town, and as for their cheeseboard, three cheeses are served up with honey, marmalade, walnuts, muscatel grapes and Italian crackers.
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