Bars & Pubs

Fave 5 Wine Bars In Sydney

By Sophia Fukunishi
31st Mar 2015

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Our two families have collaborated to bring discerning readers and drivers a new fortnightly series – MINI Fave 5s. The must-try guide to Sydney, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!

So, Urban Listers, clear the diary and get excited for our Fave 5s. There’s a whole year of eating, drinking and discovering to be done…


Whether you call it wine o’clock, wine time or simply Thursday night, we love a Sydney bar that dedicates itself to wine. For us, it’s not just the wine that makes a good wine bar (although it’s obviously a big factor), it’s also about the atmosphere, service, and space. 

So, if you’re after a glass of delicate pinot noir or a bottle of aromatic gewürztraminer with a great atmosphere and good food to boot, the following Sydney wine bars have got you and your taste buds covered.

Here are our Fave 5 wine bars in Sydney, for your drinking pleasure.

Love, Tilly Devine


A decidedly unpretentious spot to enjoy good wine, Love, Tilly Devine is a small Sydney bar (they only seat 40) that prides itself on its 300-strong wine list. The perfect place to catch up with a friend or take a first date, you can impress your drinking companion with this fun fact: the bar took its name from Darlinghurst local, Tilly Devine who was a brothel Madame and militia boss (seriously!) from back in the day. While the bar is neither brothel nor gang hangout, it’s a nod to their location’s colourful history.

Mille Vini

Surry Hills

Mille Vini literally translates to a thousand wines in Italian, and when you see the floor to ceiling wall of wines in this Surry Hills wine bar, you get a feeling that they might not be too far off that number. Specialising in primarily Italian wines, this two-storey bar has been wining and dining the area since 2005 and is perfect for an aperitivo, full dinner (with wines, of course), or a cheeky after-dinner drink when you’re not quite ready to call it a night.

The Wine Library


If all libraries had a wine section, we think we’d be using our library card more often. Sadly (and probably appropriately), council libraries resoundingly do NOT have a wine section and have left it to pros like The Wine Library in Paddington to satiate our desire for a drop. The guys at this little Sydney wine bar have over 350 wines and a 15-page wine menu (or, as we like to think of it, a wine encyclopedia) so you know they’re serious when it comes to wine. With a tempting Mediterranean food menu on offer, we suggest you share a bottle, some food and settle in for the evening.

deVine Food and Wine


As the name suggests, Sydney CBD wine bar, deVine Food and Wine, serve just that. However, this is not your typical run-of-the=mill wine bar—with a wine list that is longer than most celebrity relationships and an Italian food menu with a range of cured meats, it’s easy to see why deVine is a favourite among inner-city workers and mid-week drinkers. Not up for a whole bottle? There is a large selection of wines by the glass and, don’t worry, the waiter will help you find a wine you’ll happily cheers to.


Surry Hills

Hidden in a back street of Surry Hills, 121BC is the very definition of small bar. Trying to get a seat after 7pm can prove difficult, so we suggest either getting in early or fashionably late to score yourself a seat. With a focus on wine from Italy and a small selection of bar bites to accompany said wine, this is easily one of our favourite wine bars in Sydney. Can’t wait that long for a seat? Head to their store next door and pick up a bottle to enjoy at home. In your trackies. On the couch. Oh, that’s just us? Never mind.

We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Sydney. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!

Image credit: Lisa Brooke

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