If your go-to order is a NZ Sav Blanc or a quick Pinot Noir every time you approach the bar, then this list is for you. While we hold nothing against these delicious grapes, with so many venues across Sydney making it their business to bring you the best blends from every corner of the earth, it’s only right to step out of your comfort zone and give that Grenache a go.
Peruse the 500-strong wine list, thoughtfully assembled to ensure you don’t miss your vino soul-mate. A happy assortment of organic, preservative-free and bio-dynamic wines fill the menu, with a host of options available by the glass or carafe. The Euro-inspired menu of house cured meats and assorted cheeses will have you coming back for more.
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point
Drinks and charcuterie make every visit to the wine library an indulgence of the best kind. With over 500 wines to choose from, you’ll be popping bottles from an array of international vineyards and also a hand-picked selection of organic wines from small vineyards. The latter are much less likely to leave you with a pounding headache come morning.
18 Oxford Street, Woollahra
Few do wine quite like Bloodwood, with varietals from France, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy and Australia – there is nothing sheltered about this offering. Their focus on sustainable and natural wines is also reflected in their food menu. Indulge in dishes starring quality, local barramundi, 100 day aged scotch fillet and cured duck.
416 King Street, Newtown
Annata is one of Sydney's best kept secrets north of the bridge. With an extensive list of 'not quite whites' and 'not quite reds' from various corners of the world, it is near-impossible to decide where to start. Equally impressive is their food offering. Think crispy onion petals, coffee braised lamb and burrata with hazelnut crumble and radicchio.
69 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Like it’s renowned predecessor in Bulletin Place, Bórn by Tapavino has brought its celebration of Barcelona’s tapas bars and restaurants. Boutique artisan wines from the European nation are complemented by Australian picks and team expertly with their Catalan counterparts. The Jamon offering is impossible to ignore, and you’d be nuts to miss the baked piquillo peppers with three cheeses.
9a, 17 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
Don’t let the size of this intimate 40-seater dissuade you, Love, Tilly Devine boasts a list of over 300 wines from vineyards both near and far. For the curious, we suggest you try a glass of Orange wine. Feeling peckish? The menu is on point. Think proscuitto and melon with marscapone and Salt crust baked ocean trout. Delish!
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst
Glebe’s relaxed and rustic Timbah follows the democracy in a bottle regime. The whites and reds chosen by the first customers become the options served by the glass that evening, encouraging creatures of habit to try less common varietals. An extensive wine list looks after the more discerning patrons and like the wine offering, Timbah’s menu is rotated frequently.
U1/375 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Sydney’s newest rooftop destination north of the bridge, The Fernery delivers a beautifully, curated rosé bar. They boast a variety of drops by the glass or bottle and a specialised rosé cocktail menu. The food is just as delicious – the rosé infused watermelon salad with radish, mint, cucumber, roast nuts and ginger lime dressing is hard to pass up.
Rooftop- 719 Military Road, Mosman
Fix Wine boasts a handpicked selection of local and global wines, with a handsome mix of eclectic and classic varietals. Nothing is off the table, with orange, natural, sustainable and bio-dynamic wines all competing for a place on the Fix list. The bar menu will have you covered with cheese boards, oysters and salumi.
111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Doubling as a retail shop and a wine bar, Cittavino’s curated wine selection boasts a diversity many strive towards. With varieties from Spain, Italy, France, America, South Africa and Australia there is a blend to suit every palate. You’ll likely drink a different glass each round, with enthusiastic staff chomping at the bit to share their knowledge.
55 Enmore Road, Newtown
There is a reason why the city commuters jump off the ferry and head straight to Good Hope. They house a wine list of over 100 varieties from 60 regions, so if you're unsure of where to start, the waitstaff can steer you in the right direction. For something to nibble on, you can create your own charcuterie board from their meat and cheese selection. Triple cream brie anyone?
1/10 Belgrave Street, Manly
Honorable Mentions by Pocket
Ash St. Cellar: 1 Ash Street, Sydney
DeVine: 30 Market Street, Sydney
Bambini Trust: 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Vini: 3/118 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
Wyno Bar and Shop: 4/50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
Big Poppas: 96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
10 William Street: 10 William Street, Paddington
Johnny Fishbone: 185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Where's Nick: 236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville