The Best Wine Bars in Sydney

Bars, Drink, Guide / March 2, 2020

Sip your way through the best our city has to offer as we reveal Sydney’s best wine bars.

From Pinot Noir to Pét Nat, our love for good wine continues to grow and thankfully in Sydney, we have plenty of choice when it comes to wine bars both diverse in nature and impeccable in reputation. From hidden candlelit hangouts to bustling CBD restaurants with a killer vino offering, here are the best wine bars in Sydney.

bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay

While the chorizo is served quite literally on fire at this Portuguese wine bar, the wine list is equally as hot. Sommelier Louella Mathews has garnered an award-winning wine menu spanning the globe, supplemented by a private cellar that has been made available exclusively to bibo, guaranteed to pique any wino’s interest.

7 Bay Street, Double Bay. Open Mon-Fri 4:30pm til late; Sat-Sun 12pm til late

Handpicked Wines, Chippendale

An integral member of the Kensington Street precinct, this urban cellar door has developed a reputation for its alluring wine flights and matching cheese and charcuterie boards. Sip your way through Australia’s leading fine wine regions all without leaving the inner-city.

50 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW. Open Tues-Weds 11am – 10pm, Thurs-Fri 11am – Midnight, Sat 10am – Midnight and Sun 10am – 10pm.

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Mister Percy, Pyrmont

Tucked away in Pyrmont is the aesthetically pleasing Mister Percy. What was once a former wool store has been transformed into a cozy oasis, complete with high ceilings, dark wooden beams and dim lighting. The wine menu will surprise and delight you, with many rare and vintage wines in the cellar just begging to be opened. Team it with Head Chef Luca Guiotto’s aperitivi and handmade pasta for a dining experience to remember.

139 Murray St​reet, Pyrmont. Open Monday to Saturday – 5pm to 11pm and Sunday – 5pm to 10pm.

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Dear Sainte Eloise, Potts Point

Don’t be overwhelmed by the 400 strong wine list at this trendy Potts Point wine bar. The waitstaff will confidently guide you through the menu, tailoring plenty of recommendations to your palate with ease and finesse.

5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point NSW. Open Mon–Thurs 5pm till Midnight, Fri – Sat Midday till Midnight, Sunday Midday till 10pm.

Manly Wine, Manly

For a glass of quality vino with a side of oceanside views, nothing quite beats Manly Wine. Take your pick from a selection of carefully curated local and international drops, best accompanied by their signature seafood plate or charcuterie board.

8 – 13 South Steyne, Manly. Open Monday – Sunday 7am – late.

Coogee Wine Room, Coogee

While still fairly new to the Sydney wine bar scene, opening in late 2019, Coogee Wine Room was quick to make itself known in this beachside suburb. A stone’s throw from the beach, go for an afternoon dip, dust the sand off your feet and mosey straight towards this sleek two-level space for a great glass of wine.

222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee NSW. Open Mon– Fri 4pm til late; Sat – Sun 12pm til late.

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Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

An ode Sydney’s original bad girl and brothel owner, Matilda Devine, this Darlinghurst wine bar is cheeky in name with a wine list as rebellious as its namesake. Here it’s all about the low-intervention, boutique drops that continue to pave the way in Australian wine making.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst. Open Monday – Saturday 5pm – 12am.

Ode, Bondi

The romance levels are high at Ode, a dimly lit, Italian wine bar found on Bondi Road. Indulge in an ever-rotating list of wines by the glass, with wine-on-tap and carafes also available. Teamed with a bowl of pasta, you’ve got yourself a perfect date night.

251 Bondi Road, Bondi. Open Tues-Fri 3pm till late, Sat & Sun 2pm till late.

Where’s Nick, Marrickville

When Where’s Nick first opened its doors, it felt like an old friend you’ve known for years. Welcoming, unpretentious yet still living up to its Inner West charm, this cozy wine bar honours many emerging Australian wine producers with a penchant for minimal intervention, skin contact winemaking styles.

236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. Open Mon – Thurs 5 pm till late, Fri & Sat 4 pm till Midnight, Sunday 4 pm till 9 pm.

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Reign at the QVB, CBD

A luxurious Champagne parlour and bar in the heart of the CBD, you say? How very regal. Light, bright and suitably adorned in marble and soft pink hues, lovers of a fine bubble in their wine will swoon over the 150+ Champagne and sparkling wine list.

Level 1, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street Sydney. Open Monday 11am – 9pm, Tues-Weds 11am – 10pm, Thurs-Fri 11am – 1am, Saturday 10am – 1am and Sunday 10am – 9pm.

poly, Surry Hills

With the Ester team at the helm of this intimate wine bar, you know you’re in for a treat. Housed in the Paramount House building, poly shines in the realms of fine wine, exceptional bar snacks and well-executed main dishes. Expect plenty of quirky wines on the 16-page menu.

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills. Open Mon-Fri 5pm till late, Saturday 3pm – late and Sunday 5pm-10pm.

Monopole, Potts Point

Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt of Bentley are masters in blurring the line between wine bar and restaurant. At this moody Potts Point hangout, you could easily stay fixated on the 500+ rare and boutique wine list. However, after a glass of wine or two, it’s hard to resist the tasting menu.

71a Macleay Street, Potts Point, Open Dinner 7 nights; Open from 3pm Sat & Sun.

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Little Felix, CBD

One of the newer members of the Merivale clan and sister venue of Felix Bistro and Bar is Little Felix. Perfectly designed for a pre or post-meal tipple, Little Felix takes its cues from the great Parisian bars of the early twentieth century, with a French-centric wine and Champagne list.

2a Ash St, Sydney NSW. Open Mon-Wed 4:00 pm – late, Thu- Fri 3:00 pm – until late, Sat 5:00 pm – late.

Creek and Cella, Leichhardt

Nestled in the heart of Leichhardt is this homely wine bar. Sip your way through all things organic and minimal intervention when it comes to the wine list, before indulging in Creek and Cella’s much-loved sliced-to-order cheese and charcuterie menu.

54 Norton St Leichhardt. Open Mon – Thurs 7am to 10pm, Fri – 7am to 12am, Sat – 7am – 12am, Sun – 7am – 10pm.

Fix Wine Bar, CBD

With a 250+ bottle wine list, focusing on small and unusual wines from around the globe, wine aficionados need to put this much loved CBD bar and restaurant on their list.

Fix Wine Bar, 111 Elizabeth Street Sydney, Open Mon-Thurs 8am-10pm, Friday 8am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday closed. 

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Bartolo, Surry Hills

This intimate wine bar come Italian restaurant was quick to impress the astute diners of Surry Hills when it first opened in 2019. Here you can expect a comforting yet refined food offering, complemented by a wine list spanning the globe.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills. Open Monday-Thursday 12pm-3pm / 5.30pm-10pm, Friday 12pm-3pm / 5.30pm-12am, Saturday-Sunday 8am-10pm.

Bodega x Wyno, Surry Hills

When the Porteno crew decided to merge Bodega and Wyno in late 2019, Surry Hills locals rejoiced. Tucked away on Holt Street, take a seat at the communal table, nibble on some impeccable tapas and sip your way through everything from Australian pét-nats to European syrah.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills. Open lunch Tues – Fri from 12pm – 5pm; Dinner Tues to Sat from 5pm.

She Loves You, Newtown

At the helm of this intimate 40-seater bar is the talented Sydney Sommelier, Sophie Otton. With over 20 years of experience in the industry (having worked as Wine Director at Rockpool Bar & Grill), you can expect a quality wine menu spanning Australia wide and beyond.

530 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Open Weds-Fri from 5pm-late; Saturday-Sunday 3pm-late.

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