Wine bars in Sydney
Ancient Greek dramatist Euripides once said “where there is no wine, there is no love”. Happily, you can fill up on both at Sydney’s chic crop of wine bars. Order a glass from New South Wales’ most famous wine regions or sample the best vintages from around the world.
Start your wine journey in the city centre. Fix St James has more than 200 bottles in the cellar, Born by Tapavino in Barangaroo specialises in Spanish wines, Ash St Cellar emulates a laneway bistro in Europe and Bambini Wine Room sits inside a heritage building opposite Hyde Park.
One of Sydney’s original wine bars, Wine Library in Woollahra has been drawing crowds for almost a decade. Nearby, try Ode in Bondi Beach and Bibo in Double Bay. Don’t miss the world’s first rosé wine bar, Rosé Royale in Potts Point, with more than 30 varieties and a wine ice cream machine.
Cittavino in Newtown is a wine store and bar where the sommelier will pour glasses of their current favourites. Timbah in Glebe lets the first customers choose which four reds and four whites will be opened for by-the-glass pourings each evening. There’s even a working winery with a bar in Moore Park, the stylish Urban Winery.
For wine matched with food, try Wyno (recently named Sydney’s best wine bar by Time Out) and Poly in Surry Hills, Monopole in Potts Point, 10 William Street in Paddington and The Union in Penrith. Or tuck into an exceptional charcuterie plate piled high with meat and cheese at Continental Deli Bar and Bistro in Newtown.
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, The Dolphin Wine Room in Surry Hills, Odd Culture in 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.