The temperature has officially truly dropped this week and we are very ready to embrace all the wonders of the great indoors. That is, hefty bowls of pasta, truffle shavings on everything and—one of winter’s greatest marvels—mulled wine.
Also known as gluhwein and vin chaud, winter wouldn't be the same without this fragrant, boozy European beverage and luckily, there's a heap of Sydney bars perfecting their mulled wine brew right now so you can enjoy a piping hot cup of the good stuff tonight.
Bundle up, here's a list of the best spots to sip mulled wine this winter.
The Doss House
The Doss House might be one of the coziest bars in Sydney. Hidden in a historic sandstone basement in The Rocks that, just casually, used to be an opium den, The Doss House is a place for serious whisky, tasty cheese and charcuterie. In winter, it's also a brilliant fireside spot for mulled wine (made with red wine, fresh orange, star anise and cloves). Being a whisky bar, you also need to try their hot toddy.
Since I Left You
The crew at this cosy courtyard spot in the CBD take their mulled wine pretty seriously. Since I Left You (SILY) owner Nick White's famous brew involves a five-hour brew and a range of fruit and a dozen secret spices. Add a round of SILY's famous bacon mac and cheese toasties and you are winning at winter.
The rooftop at East Village has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland, filled with European treats and delicacies, from fondue and bratwurst, mulled wine and mead. Treat yourself to a dip in the cheese fondue while sipping on a cup of warm spiced vino.
Arcadia veterans will know Gunther's gluhwein well. Every winter, a pot filled with merlot, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom simmers away on top of the bar, beckoning you in from the cold. Duck beneath the veil of fairy lights and grab a cup of this super special treat—at $10 a glass, it's a Sydney winter must-do.
Just in time for winter, this Surry Hills wine bar transformed its sunny cocktail garden into a cosy bohemian wonderland, complete with teepees, fairy lights and oversized dream catchers. They also dropped a bottomless mulled wine deal, where you can keep the warmth coming all night long with raclette and, you guessed it, endless mulled wine.
If you're looking to expand your mulled wine horizons this year, you'll want to check out Goros. As a part of the Goros Winter Festival, you'll find mulled sake on the menu until August 31. Expect toasty flavours like ginger, pear, vanilla and cinnamon.
Grandma's Bar has a slightly different mulled wine recipe—adding grilled pineapple, brown sugar and rum into a heady mix of merlot and spices. It's definitely one to try—we guarantee it'll melt your winter blues away.
The Duke Of Enmore
The Duke is serving steins of steamy mulled wine for just $8. Their special mix includes star anise, orange, cardamom, cloves and ginger. Sip yours by the open fire and indulge in a wintery feast: the menu here includes things like beef shin pot pie, lamb shank and cauliflower steak.
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