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.

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Best Cocktail Bars in Sydney
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A tiny alleyway of a bar from the team at Porteño.

Wine Shop – 4 50 Holt Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Black Bottle

Wines by the glass start at $8.

Shop 2 116-118 Darlinghurst Road
Darlinghurst NSW 2010