Sydney’s Best Cellar, Distillery and Brewery Doors
In recent times, cellar doors, distilleries and breweries have been setting up shop and opening their doors throughout Sydney. Gone are the days of travelling out of town to enjoy a wine, spirit or beer with the producer. To get in on the action, we have rounded up some of Sydney’s best.
Recently moving from St Peters’ Precinct 75 to the Entertainment Quarter, Urban Winery Sydney was one of the first cellar doors to open in the city. This cellar door has some of the best drops from across the state, along with their own handcrafted blend. They also host private events, chef and winemaker long lunches, wine blending classes, tours and tastings.
Building 121, Entertainment Quarter, 116 Lang Road, Moore Park
Housed in a beautiful warehouse on Kensington Street – Chippendale’s foodie strip – Handpicked Wines is all about taking Sydneysiders on a round-the-world trip to different regional wines. Handpicked Wines has become a destination within itself. Take a tour, taste the latest drops, enjoy a cheese platter or get a bottle on the go.
50 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Known for blending fine wine with quality eats and live music, Cake Wines is a unique cellar door experience. Their wines take centre stage with the varietals coming directly from the Adelaide Hills winery. They also host regular events like speed dating, and gigs throughout the year, making it much more than just your average cellar door.
16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern
Manly Spirits is an award-winning boutique distillery. Passionate about spirits, the team use foraged coastal ingredients to create and flavour their unique range of drinks. The Distillery Tasting Bar and tours run from Friday to Sunday where you can taste the gin, vodka and whisky. If you are lucky, there may be a limited release batch behind the bar.
4a/9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale
One of the first distilleries on the scene, Archie Rose Distilling Co is a Rosebery institution. Known for their range of award-winning gin, they also serve up vodka, whisky, and limited release batches. After a tour of the distillery, hop over to the drinking den where you can sample the full range of spirits and get a history lesson too!
The Cannery, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Marrickville’s Poor Tom’s Gin is the latest distillery to open its doors to the public. Open from Friday to Sunday, Poor Tom’s Gin Hall is a juniper-enthusiasts dream. To learn more about the distilling process, the team host’s Gin School sessions throughout the year. For a side of music with your drink, check out Jazz Sundays.
6 Chalder Avenue, Marrickville
This working brewery on the Northern Beaches is home to The Transit Lounge, where there are 11 taps pouring the latest drops. At this pet-friendly venue, Wednesdays are open for takeaway, Thursdays and Fridays are for tasting paddles and on Saturdays and Sundays, there is live music and food trucks.
5 Sydenham Road, Brookvale
Mona Vale’s Modus Operandi is an all-in-one venue, think brewery, restaurant, bar and live music venue. Their core range beers, from pale ales to porters, are brewed on site and are available to sample alongside their delicious pub-style menu. With daily food specials and live music on the weekend, Modus Operandi is a popular hangout.
14 Harkeith Street, Mona Vale
An established Northern Beaches brewery with outposts scattered around the Northern Beaches. At the brewery in Brookvale, the Truck Bar (literally fashioned from a 1960 Dodge pickup truck) is the place to be, with Thursdays being game night. Giant Jenga and shuffleboard anyone? Brewery tours run every Saturday from 12:30pm sharp, be sure to book ahead.
4g/9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale
One of the newest venues to open at The Cannery, Frenchies Bistro & Brewery is a small upscale French bistro come microbrewery. Showcasing the best of French cuisine, the bistro-style menu complements their range of craft beers. For the full experience, book a seat at the Thursday night bottomless beer feast with a shared menu and paired beers.
6-7/61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery
Young Henry’s are the trendsetters in the Inner West brewery scene. They have a well-earned reputation for their top-notch brews and community vibe. The Tasting Bar is open seven days a week and on the weekend, you can expect a crowd basking in the beer, beats and bites. For a side of culture with your beer, the tours run over the weekend.
76 Wilford Street, Newtown
If you are after a private brewery tour before you hit up the bar, Batch Brewing Co in Marrickville has got you covered. Open 7 days, with tours on weekends, you can get your brew of choice takeaway or take a seat in The Tasting Room. Plan your visit by checking out their upcoming events and food truck schedule. Delish!
44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville
Marrickville’s pet and kid friendly brewery The Grifter Brewing Co is equal parts laid-back and cool. The edgy warehouse screams Inner West brewery, accompanied by a full suite of quirky brews like watermelon pilsner and coffee cream ale. For a cheeky drink and some grade-A bar snacks like crackling and jerky, a visit to the bar is a must.
1/391-397 Enmore Road, Marrickville
Located within St Peters Precinct 75, Willie the Boatman is the neighbourhood brewery and liquor store. This laid-back micro-brewery is popular with the locals for an after-work beverage, both sit in and takeaway. From Thursday to Sunday The Tasting Room is open to the public and come the weekend, food trucks provide the perfect beer snacks.
202/75 Mary Street, St Peters
In the heart of the city, All Hands Brewing House on King Street Wharf trades the traditional brewery warehouse for an open, alfresco setting. This state of the art microbrewery pours their signature brews with the restaurant dishing up Southern style cuisine. To sample the suite of beers, visit during the week for happy hour.
22 The Promenade, Sydney
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