Mr Chester

4:00pm - 11:00pm
850 Ann Street Fortitude Valley 4006


wine bar
bar food

It used to be hard to find any kind of wine bar in the Valley. Then Grape Therapy (now Proud Henry, a “ginoteca”) and Baedeker moved in. Mr Chester, though, took things to a whole new level. This isn’t a bar with a decent selection covering old-world and new, but a dedicated wine bar where the only other drinks available are one beer, two whiskies and two gins. Even the food, thoughtfully curated as it is, takes a back seat.

After years working as a sommelier and dabbling in restaurant design in Melbourne, co-owner Luke Reimers moved north and teamed up with Wayne Murphy to tackle his own venue. The Church Street location might seem a little out of the way, but make sense when you realise the Alpha Mosaic Apartments are upstairs, James Street is a stone’s throw away and Happy Boy is just around the corner.

The space is clean with polished concrete and moody lighting. Both communal tables and pairs are available, the alternative a relatively low-set, welcoming bar.

Eschewing the bigger wine distributors, Reimers and Murphy peddle a rotating list from a wide range of winemakers, separated into light, medium, full and skin contact. Reimers says more than 220 wines were involved in the research phase to compile a selection that includes Alpha Box & Dice, Mac Forbes and Koerner.

The food is kept simple to complement the wines. Rather than pouring over menus, Reimers prefers to make informed decisions based on the wine you’ve ordered – say, a Beal & Co chenin blanc paired with the chicken and pistachio terrine.

Cheese selections tend towards the exotic – try a 36-month aged parmigiano-reggiano paired with Bee One Third honeycomb – and a former high-profile Sydney chef named “Juliana” supplies handmade pates and terrines.

Mr Chester
2/850 Ann Street (Enter from Church Street), Fortitude Valley

Wed to Mon 4pm–late