The Best Wine Bars in Sydney for a Delicious Drop
Uncork, unwind and raise your glass to good times at the best wine bars in Sydney!
There's something so romantic about a nice wine bar. The gleaming glassware, the rows of wine stacked up the walls, the chalkboard menus and low leather booths... So, if you're in the mood for some pinot and people watching or some grenache and gastronomic goodies, grab the gang and head to your nearest wine bar.
There are so many great wine bars in Sydney, check out our absolute favourites!
Best Wine Bars in the Inner East
The quintessential hole-in-the-wall wine bar, 10 William Street is the perfect spot for a divine drop. Located on Paddington’s most desirable laneway, there’s a distinctly Parisian feel to the entire bar and they’re known for pouring delicious drops from an ever changing menu and serving up delicious food from their famous pretzel and whipped bottarga and delicious fresh pasta from the likes of orecchiette, cavolo nero and house-made ricotta.
10 William Street, Paddington
With a hint of Melbournian magic, this lovely little wine bar is tucked down a Surry Hills laneway. Arrive early and secure a spot in the window, order a pét nat, pinot or a natural wine from some of the best up and coming local winemakers and enjoy a side of people watching. On the food front, Love, Tilly Devine is currently serving up a $60 set menu that includes Fabbrica focaccia, pasta, salads and – our personal favourite – the delicious, mouth watering, Starward whisky crème caramel.
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst
As George Orwell said in 1933, ‘Dear Sainte Eloise, if you exist, please send me some money. I don’t ask for much – just enough to buy some bread and a bottle of wine.’ Answering old George’s prayers, Potts Point’s Dear Sainte Eloise is the perfect spot for some bread and a bottle (or two!). On the booze front you can expect everything from delicate balances to mystery wines (guess the grape and country of origin and the glass is free!). On the food front you can expect everything from oysters to goats curd, pasta and pannacotta. They also have two set menus available so you can treat yourself!
Shop 5, 29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
With a black façade dotted with greenery and a welcoming open terrace, this Darlinghurst wine bar is the perfect spot for an afternoon tipple. The wine list is the brainchild of Samantha Payne and sommelier, Billy Kwong. Offering an approachability and affordability we don’t often see from wine bars, the menu is a love letter to small producers. If you drop by during aperitivo hour (5-7pm, Wednesday – Saturday) you’ll score $1.50 Sydney rock oysters, $10 negroni, $10 Aperol and $15 wine carafes. We’ll see you there!
Shop 2/118-116 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
From their Parisian courtyard style laneway to their Paddington location and the periwinkle blue façade, the new P&V Wine Bar and bottle shop is the new crown jewel of Oxford Street. Taking over the former Mickey’s Café venue with the red façade being painted over the first Eastern Suburbs outpost of P&V Wine and Liquor Merchants is a wine lovers’ paradise. Order a glass or bull a bottle of the shelf and drink it instore for a small corkage fee. Upstairs you’ll find Porcine a French bistro and one of our favourite new restaurants of 2021.
268 Oxford Street, Paddington
Best Wine Bars in the Eastern Suburbs
Wine by the beach. How perfect is that? Coogee Wine Room is an intimate spot that marries the charm of intimate European wine bars with coastal chill. Their repertoire of 400 wines from around the world are married with a seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired menu from Head Chef Sandro Di Marino. If you head down on Tuesday or Wednesday night you’ll score a $35 plat de jour and score a glass of wine for free!
222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
In Randwick’s new bustling Newmarket Dining Precinct, you’ll find Sella Vinoteca, the wine shop come Italian restaurant. With chic interiors, a terrazzo floor, accents of blue and light-filled spaces, Sella Vinoteca is a love letter from restauranteur Fabio Dore to his childhood and the time he spent in [ITALIAN TOWN] cellar doors. While you’re just woken to drop in for a glass of vino, in our opinion, the food is too good to miss out on. Chef Marco Masotti, formerly of A Tavola, flexes his creativity by creating menus inspired by the wine. From small tapas plates, to heaty main meals this is the perfect place to spend a cosy evening.
Newmarket Dining Precinct, 154 Barker Street, Randwick
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
Best Wine Bars in Sydney CBD
De Vine Food & Wine, as well as offering a unique pun, is an absolute wonderland for wine lovers. Established in 2003, the wine bar on the corner of Market and Clarence Street is helmed by brothers Anthony and Julian Izzillo, previously the co-owners of Wildfire in Circular Quay. With carefully considered food and Euro-centric wines and the biggest collection of Amaro in the Southern Hemisphere this is the perfect place for a drop or an intimate dinner for two.
32 Market Street, Sydney CBD
Perhaps the bougiest spot on this list – and one of the bougier places in all of Sydney – this is the spot for a wine connoisseur who is comfortable ordering magnums. The latest addition to the Ivy precinct, Little Felix is the ultimate spot for a late night drop or a romantic dalliance. With a soundtrack of smooth jazz and that classic Merivale charm, this is one to add to the list.
Ivy Precinct, Sydney CBD
For chic, comfort food and classic and contemporary Italian wines, Ragazzi Wine and Pasta is the place to be. Chef Scott McComas-Williams makes handmade pasta using high-end produce and time-honoured techniques and his small constantly changing menu is complimented by a 250 bottle strong wine list.
Shop 3, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
One of our favourite new drinking holes, Sydney’s newest CBD wine bar has opened. With a huge central bar, alfresco seating and a wine wall stocking more than 1000 bottles from 10 different countries. The list was curated by Rockpool Dining Group’s former head sommelier and is a tribute to the divine drops that make life glow.
60 Carrington Street, Sydney
Best Wine Bars in the Inner West
The perfect spot to start your wine education, Where’s Nick is owned by brothers, Julian and Dominic Abouzeid. The spot is named after their third brother, Nick, as a fun way of reminding him that he’s conspicuously missing from the family venture. Choosing their drops for drinkability above all else the 150 bottles of wine are chosedn by Julian while Dominic mans the kitchen. Decoration includes a mural by the eponymous Nick and a piece by sculpture and multi-medium artist Ian Swift. The bar is homey and comfortable and the perfect spot for your next drink.
236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Bistro Clementine is not your typical wine bar, it’s a cool wine bar and to keep the Mean Girls themes going they are decked out in pink. With a limited wine list, Bar Clementine only serves the good stuff! With a timber backed marble bar, plenty of natural light, framed art and elegant table settings – this is the perfect place to sink an hour or three!
52 Harris Street, Pyrmont
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
Best Wine Bars on the Lower North Shore
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
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
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