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.

Gerard’s Bar

Bar

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

13A 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley

1889 Enoteca

Restaurant

Real Roman food and the Italian treatment in Woolloongabba’s antique district.

819 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba

Mr Chester

Bar

An ultra-contemporary Australian wine bar.

850 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Alba Bar and Deli

Bar

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

34 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

La Lune Wine Co

Bar

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

Shop 5 109 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Cru Bar & Cellar

Bar

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

1 22 James Street, New Farm

Maeve

Bar

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

Level 1 39 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

City Winery

Restaurant

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

11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley

Proud Henry Wine Bar & Ginoteca

Bar

A Valley bolthole pivots towards spirits.

153 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

Greenglass

Restaurant

A hidden eatery where wine takes centre stage.

336 George Street, Brisbane

The Valley Wine Bar

Shop

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

179 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley

Felix For Goodness

Cafe

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

50 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

Bar Alto

Restaurant

Italian eats with a riverside view.

Brisbane Powerhouse 119 Lamington Street, New Farm

The Old Seven

Bar

100 wines, charcuterie boards and just 35-seats.

567 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill