What’s fun, accessible and made predominantly out of grapes? The collective good time that is the Wineslinger Top 50 list for 2020: a straw-poll voted on by more than 100 Australian sommeliers, winemakers, journalists and other professionals in the wine and hospitality industry.

This year’s countdown runs the gamut from dedicated CBD wine boltholes, to regional pubs. Some of the venues double as bottle shops, some of them take bookings and many are as dedicated to good eating as they are good drinking. All of the venues celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of Australia’s drinking landscape in 2020 – in fact, 20 of this year’s 50 finalists are all-new entries

Although the list reflects the tastes of the industry, the public is invited to cast its vote for the People’s Choice award. In addition to helping crown this year’s winner, every vote goes in the running to win a range of prizes including a Liebherr wine cabinet and a year’s supply of wine. And Wineslinger is donating one dollar for every People’s Choice entry – up to a maximum of $5000 – to Tip Jar, a relief fund that raises money for hospitality.

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The winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced at a virtual trophy ceremony on Monday October 19 along with the winners of other Wineslinger trophies, including Best New Haunt and the Maverick award for the most boundary-pushing venue.

People’s Choice voting is now live. Voting closes on Monday October 19 at 12.00pm AEST.

Bar Rochford, Canberra

New South Wales
10 William Street, Paddington
Alberto’s Lounge, Sydney
Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney
Bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay
Dear Sainte Eloise, Potts Point
Ester, Chippendale
Fix Wine Bar and Restaurant, Sydney
Fleet, Brunswick Heads
Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst
Ode Bar, Bondi
Poly, Surry Hills
Ragazzi, Sydney
Where’s Nick, Marrickville
WyNo x Bodega, Surry Hills

Cru Bar + Cellar, Fortitude Valley
La Lune Wine Co, South Brisbane
La Lupa, West End
Maeve Wine Bar, South Brisbane
Snack Man, Fortitude Valley

South Australia
Hellbound, Adelaide
Leigh Street Wine Room, Adelaide
Mother Vine, Adelaide
The Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale
The Summertown Aristologist, Summertown

Havilah, Launceston
Lucinda, Hobart
Sonny, Hobart
Stillwater, Launceston
Tom McHugo’s Hobart Hotel, Hobart

Bar Liberty, Fitzroy
Carlton Wine Room, Carlton
City Wine Shop, Melbourne
Embla, Melbourne
Etta, Brunswick East
FranceSoir, South Yarra
Gerald’s Bar, Carlton North
Marion, Fitzroy
Napier Quarter, Fitzroy
Old Palm Liquor, Brunswick East
Union Street Wine, Geelong
Winespeake, Daylesford

Western Australia
Lalla Rookh, Perth
Le Rebelle, Mount Lawley
Liberté, Albany
Lulu La Delizia, Subiaco
Madalena’s Bar, South Fremantle
Petition Wine Merchant, Perth
Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Wines of While, Perth