The Best Wine Bars in Brisbane

Updated 3 days ago


It used to be that a killer line-up of wines – by the glass and bottle – was enough to make a wine bar noteworthy. Now, it’s the bare minimum. The wine bars in this guide have the food, decor and ambience to match their wines. Above all, though, they’re fun.

Unlike in restaurants, wines don’t play second fiddle here – they’re the star. Sure, you’re likely to find your favourite classic varietals, but these venues will also push you to try (and enjoy) the latest in biodynamic, organic and natural wines.

  • A European-style wine bar and bistro in South Brisbane.

  • A small, French-inspired wine bar for Fish Lane.

  • Share some charcuterie at the more casual cousin of Gerard’s Bistro.

  • A slick, understated laneway boozer and pintxos joint from a former Masterchef star.

  • Inside a former clothing store, this modern and airy boozer serves plates of grilled haloumi with fresh honeycomb; squid ink and truffle salumi; and low-intervention, cult and classic wines from a stacked underground cellar.

  • This European-style wine bar pours natural-leaning drops from Australia, France, Italy, Spain and beyond. Enjoy a drop alongside bistro classics such as escargot, steak frites and charcuterie.

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  • One of Brisbane’s best operators has opened a beautiful fire-powered diner inside a Newstead warehouse. Expect whole fish, half chooks and large cuts of Black Angus cooked over fire. Plus, a European-leaning wine list with plenty of older drops.

  • One of the city's best destinations for wine buffs.

  • This urban winery boasts a cellar door, a 70-seat restaurant and beautiful 20-seat private dining room.

  • A Valley bolthole pivots towards spirits.

  • A modern-European share-plate restaurant that steers away from trends.

  • An ultra-contemporary Australian wine bar.

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  • A bar-slash-bottleshop hosts a boutique-wine library specialising in natural drops, alongside charcuterie or even BYO food.

  • Day or night, this beautifully designed venue is a draw.

  • Italian eats with a riverside view.

  • 100 wines, charcuterie boards and just 35-seats.

  • If you’re after the cream of Italian dining in Brisbane, look no further. This place serves real-deal Roman food, and is officially recognised as one of the world’s best Italian restaurants outside the motherland for its stellar wine list.