Wine is, without doubt, one of the most popular drinks drunk around the world. With an ungodly number of bottles, wineries and varietals out there waiting to be discovered, you can never say you don’t like wine, you just haven’t found the one you like yet.
So when it comes to drinking the good stuff in Sydney, you could of course pair a glass with a meal at a super cool restaurant, or you could visit a Cellar Door to receive a personal tasting direct from the winemaker. The other great option Sydneysiders have is to visit one of its many wine bars.
Wine bars are, quite literally, dedicated to serving some of the very best wines. Not only will these include some of the best Australian reds and Australian whites, but you will likely find a generous selection of international varieties too.
So, forget visiting one of Sydney’s cocktail bars or whisky bars for one evening and get yourself a spot at any of these cool wine bars in Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. And once you’ve found a bottle you like, you can continue to buy it for enjoying at home at one of Sydney’s wine stores, or failing that, try an online wine store instead.
For those who can’t tell by the name, Tapavino is all about the love for Spanish flavours with a matching atmosphere to boot. It started life as Australia’s first Sherry Bar located in a small laneway much like those found in Spain. Since then the word has spread and Tapavino has become Sydney’s premier destination for sampling some of Spain’s finest wine. Tapavino has since opened two more establishments in the CBD but the original one is our recommendation to experience where the magic began.
Address: 6-8 Bulletin Place, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 9247 3221
Fix Wine Bar
Those who love to walk more on the adventurous side of wine only need to hit up one place, Fix. This wine bar focuses on the smaller boutique growers to deliver hand-picked wines of local and global origins. The result is a place that is both refreshing, but still consistent in quality when it comes to the flavour, individuality and personality of the wine list. We guarantee that you’ll find something here unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.
Address: 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 9232 2767
The Stinking Bishops
There are few greater pairings on this earth than wine and cheese, and The Stinking Bishops certainly knows it. This wine bar is actually a premier cheese shop first, but backing up the smelly stuff is a pretty serious wine list that earns itself a spot in the best wine bars of Sydney. The appeal here comes from matching the plethora of cheese to an extensive wine list. Again, it’s a small joint so head in as early as possible.
Address: Shop 5/63-71 Enmore Road, Newtown, 2042
Phone: 02 9550 6116
Following in similar footsteps to the aforementioned Fix, Cittavino also comes armed with the liquid gold you’re likely not to find anywhere else, with the majority of wine on offer being imported directly from the regions of Spain, Italy and France. Joining this respectable list is a generous selection of wines from America and South Africa, alongside those from small Australian wine producers.
Address: 55 Enmore Road, Newtown, 2042
Phone: 02 9557 3411
10 William Street
10 William Street needs no introduction. As part of the Fratelli Paradiso group, the Italian wine establishment has amassed a solid following from across the city. More importantly, the wine list is astounding with a menu spanning four pages, with bottles from Australia, Italy, Spain, USA, France, Germany, Austria and Japan just to name a few. If you can’t find the right tipple for yourself in here then you probably don’t have tastebuds.
Address: 10 William Street, Paddington, 2021
Phone: 02 9360 3310
The Wine Library, as the name suggests, is to wine what a traditional library is to books. It’s a classic all-rounder wine bar serving up a decent tipple for those in the CBD. It has all the reds and whites along with staff who know their shiraz from their cabernet sauvignon. For the peckish they even have cheese plates, meat balls and spiced lamb and ricotta gozleme to go with your drink of choice.
Address: 18 Oxford Street, Woollahra, 2025
Phone: 02 9368 7484
Love, Tilly Devine
Follow the rustic sign outside along with a dimly lit interior from the window and you’ll find one of the city’s most loveable wine bars. Heck, it even champions it with a name like Love, Tilly Devine. The stylish yet down to Earth vibe makes it one of the best places to catch up with a friend or to take a date but more importantly, their wine is damn good.
The wine list currently sits at around 300 different wines from many of the world’s great regions – everywhere from the Barossa Valley to the Jura to Wachau. And it changes daily. Insane? Not yet. The bar only fits 40 persons so you better sprint there from work if you plan on scoring yourself a spot.
Address: 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst, 2010
Phone: 02 9326 9297
Dear Sainte Éloise
A short stroll out of the CBD will bring you to Dear Sainte Éloise in Potts Point. A cosy wine bar with a true neighbourhood feel, you’ll be waited on hand and foot and served a selection of some of the finest wines from around the world, with some delicious food to match. The team at Dear Saint Éloise carefully curate their selection of wine, featuring both the best Australia has to offer alongside some incredible imports from Europe.
Address: 5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point, 2011
Phone: 02 9236 9745
bibo Wine Bar
Possibly one of the absolute best wine bars in Sydney is bibo. Most definitely Portuguese in its direction, bibo serves up an unbelievable array of wine with an equally unbelievable menu to match. While the menu aims to show off some of the more unusual varietals to be found in Australia, it also has Europe to thank, and with the menu winning consecutive awards for the past three years, you’ll have yourself to thank for paying it a visit.
Address: 7 Bay Street, Double Bay, 2028
Phone: 02 9362 4680
Widely regarded as another of Sydney City’s best wine bars, Where’s Nick puts a strong focus on sustainability, with the vast majority of its wine selection coming from producers who harvest from organic vineyards. The staff are more than happy to talk to you about its selection too and are some of the most knowledgeable you’ll find in any wine bar in Sydney. Wines rotate regularly, so you’ll always be able to sip on something new with each visit, and Wheres Nick also has a small food menu to accompany your glass.
Address: 236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, 2204
Phone: 0406 991 384