Wine Bars in Sydney
Sydney has enthusiastically embraced the European tradition of wine bars. A great glass of hard-to-find wine in a chic room with fantastic snacks is a delicious way to spend an evening. Let experienced sommeliers introduce you to your new favourite drop, whether it's from one of NSW’s renowned wine regions or an internationally acclaimed vintage.
Start your wine journey in the city centre. Fix St James has more than 200 bottles in the cellar, Vini Divini is all about Mediterranean wines and Born by Tapavino in Barangaroo specialises in Spanish wines. For a European vibe, Ash St Cellar emulates a Parisian laneway bistro and Bambini Wine Room sits inside a heritage building opposite Hyde Park.
Wine Library in Woollahra was one of Sydney's first wine bars, drawing crowds for almost a decade. Bibo in nearby Double Bay is dark and moody while the world’s first rosé wine bar, Rosé Royale in Potts Point has more than 30 varieties and is light and bright. Beachside, try Ode in Bondi or the Coogee Wine Room, a sleek bar with more than 400 wines from around the world and a Mediterranean-inspired menu.
There’s even a working winery with a bar in Moore Park, the stylish Urban Winery so you can see how cool-climate grapes from around NSW are turned into wine. Handpicked Cellar Door in Kensington St Chippendale is also popular.
In Newtown, Cittavino is a wine store and bar where the sommelier will pour glasses of their current favourites. Or tuck into an exceptional charcuterie plate piled high with meat and cheese at nearby Continental Deli Bar and Bistro. Timbah, in Glebe, lets the first customers choose which four reds and four whites will be opened for by-the-glass pourings each evening.
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Natural wine & Champagne
Natural (or minimal intervention) wine is the latest trend to hit the Sydney bar scene. It’s cloudy, funky and decidedly delicious. Try it at P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants in Newtown and Paddington, The Dolphin Wine Room in Surry Hills, Odd Culture i Darlinghurst and Where’s Nick in Marrickville.
Prefer something with a little fizz? The Champagne Bar at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has more than 30 French drops on the list. Reign is an elegant late night bar in the historic Queen Victoria Building with 150 champagnes and sparkling wines. At Nick & Nora’s in Parramatta, order a decadent champagne tower built at your table.