If you were to back anyone to carry on the legacy of 121BC, one of Sydney’s greatest ever wine bars, it would have to be Elvis Abrahanowicz, Joe Valore and Ben Milgate of Porteño. They took over the alley-like space in mid-2017, keeping it a casual wine bar and store. The space has bar-style seating, dim lighting and date-night vibes.
Wyno isn’t a Porteño add-on. It has its own menu and a bigger wine list, though its location makes it good for a pre- or post-Porteño visit. The food is typical of the two chefs; it’s simple in its production and ingredients, but clever and playful in execution. The opening menu included a short selection of snacks, one just a bowl of peanuts and pork, another a pot of buttery sardines covered in a mess of fries.
A few bigger dishes are sized just short of a main; such as the octopus ragu over paccheri pasta, and a bisque spaghetti with an LP’s seafood sausage on the side. The menu is relatively small, good for sharing and changes almost every day.
The wine, unlike the food here, echoes the nearby Porteño list, although there is a wider variety at Wyno. You’ll find an international offering that focuses on small producers, a bit of the natural and interesting, and classic options, too.