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If you fancy feeling like an International Person of Mystery, there is no better place to be than in a wine bar. The mood lighting, sophisticated lists of local and international bottles, bartenders who seem to speak in code surrounded by exotic elixirs – you may just expect James Bond to pull up the chair next to you.
But you don’t need to be a budding sommelier (or a spy) to find the pleasure in a bright glass of white or a smooth shiraz. Wine varieties offer a taste for every palate and occasion. Enjoyed for more than 7000 years, we humans have laboured over creating the perfect drop. And certainly, in a country full of capacious vineyards and world-class winemakers, finding your favourite glass can be an arduous task. That’s where wine bars come in.
Run by a team of knowledgeable staff, a good wine bar presents the drinker with all the tools they need for a perfect night out: a carefully selected list featuring only top-quality producers, and a complimentary food menu – because who doesn’t fancy a nibble when they’re a bottle in? An exceptional wine bar is all about tasteful pairings, but where the hors d’oeuvres are Pedro, the wine is Napoleon Dynamite.
Consider this; sipping a velvety, vintage Cabernet Sauvignon while your best friend spills the latest tea. Or knocking off from work with a bright, lively Chardonnay. Whatever is your need, a good wine bar is sure to support you.
The last several years has seen our appreciation of fine wine and classy interiors skyrocket, with dozens of wine bars cropping up across the country. From the underground hideaways perfect for a first date, to the upmarket mahogany bodegas, the city is teeming with spaces to fulfill all your alcohol-related desires. So finding the crème-de-la-crème, the bar to end all bars, can seem like a near impossibility. Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you and curated a list of Sydney’s finest establishments. There is no wrong choice here
Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant, Sydney CBD
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-10pm.
10 William St, Paddington
Opening hours: Thursday 5pm–12am, Friday & Saturday 12pm–12am.
Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-12am.
Dear Sainte Eloise, Potts Point
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-12am Fri-Sat 12pm-12am Sun 12pm-10pm.
Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney CBD
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm till late, Saturday 6pm till late.
The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room, Surry Hills
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm till 12am.
BIBO Wine Bar, Double Bay
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 4:30pm till late, Saturday 12pm till
Coogee Wine Room, Coogee
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 4pm till late, Saturday – Sunday 2pm till late.
Fleet, Brunswick Heads
Opening Hours: Thursday to Saturday 3pm till late, Sunday 1pm (lunch only).
Bar Clementine, Pyrmont
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 6pm till late.
Monopole, Potts Point
Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 5pm, Saturday from 12pm, Sunday from 3pm.
Tapavino, Circular Quay
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12pm till late, Saturday 5pm till 10pm
The Winery, Surry Hills
Opening Hours: Wednesday 4pm till 11pm, Thursday 12pm till 12am, Friday – Saturday 12pm till 12am, Sunday 12pm till 9pm
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 6pm–10:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm–10:30pm.
Poly, Surry Hills
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 5pm–12am, Saturday 3pm–12am, Sunday 5pm–9pm.
She Loves You, Newtown
Opening Hours: Thursday – Friday 5pm till 12am, Saturday 3pm till 12am, Sunday 3pm till 10pm.
Ragazzi, Sydney CBD
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11:30am–12am, Saturday 12pm–12am.
Restaurant Hubert, Sydney CBD
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed & Sat 4pm-1am Thurs-Fri 12pm-3pm & 4pm-1am.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm Sat-Sun 8am-11pm.
Where’s Nick, Marrickville
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday 4 pm–12 am, Saturday 12 pm–12 am, Sunday 12 pm–10 pm.