In the next episode of Double Bay is Cool Again, new watering hole Vine has joined the fray, opening behind Fish Face on Short Street.

The specialist wine bar and dining room has taken up residence in the old Zigolini’s site, offering a light, bright and airy space in which to enjoy some unusual wines and a modern menu with a French influence.

The kitchen is headed up by chef Drew Bolton, who has spent time in the kitchens of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry (Napa Valley), Darley’s at Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains and Sydney’s Quay. With to-share dishes of whole duck glazed with lavender and star anise and braised wild hare pithivier and truffled potato puree on the menu, Double Bay is in for a treat.

There are bar snacks and small plates on offer, too, as well as cocktails inspired by vine-grown fruits and vegetables. The carefully selected list of around 50 wines has a focus on more obscure wineries from popular wine regions, as well as biodynamic and organic styles. Industry veteran Mikee Collins (previously of Gazebo Wine Garden and Ash Street Cellar) brings his hospitality expertise to the venue, overseeing Vine as general manager.

“We offer everyday luxury that feels easy and polished,” says Collins. “We’re all about the neighbourhood, and this renaissance of the Double Bay area as a destination is exciting to be part of.”

2 Short Street, Double Bay
(02) 9363 0010

Tues & Wed 3pm–midnight
Thu to Sat noon–midnight
Sun noon–10pm