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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Drinks and snacks reach new heights at this not-restaurant from the team at Ester.

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

10 William St

This hole-in-the-wall is fun and intimate. It also dishes out some of the best pasta in the city.

10 William Street, Paddington

Love, Tilly Devine

An intimate vibe and 300-strong wine list make this one a date-night home run.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

Coogee Wine Room

There are 25 wines by the glass and chocolate boards for dessert.

222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee

Dear Sainte Eloise

Love, Tilly Devine's sister venue is also perfect date-night material.

Shop 5 29 Orwell Street, Potts Point


Both food and wine have equal billing at this European-style venue that blurs the lines.

251 Bondi Road, Bondi

Where's Nick

Let the skilled somms here choose your wine for you. They've done all the thinking so that you can focus on the drinking.

236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

She Loves You

The list here favours Australian labels producing minimal intervention wines.

530 King Street, Newtown


There’s 250 bottles of mainly low-intervention wine from Italy and Australia, and a rotating menu of pasta that changes daily.

Shop 3 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

The Dolphin Hotel

Pizza and all the natural wine you can drink.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Ash St. Cellar

International wines in a sophisticated laneway nook.

1 Ash Street, Sydney

Black Bottle

Wines by the glass start at $8.

Shop 2 116-118 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
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Bart Jr

This compact all-rounder constantly changes its menus, but its cocktails and Euro-inflected share plates are reliably excellent.

92 Pitt Street, Redfern

Bar Clementine

At this laid-back bar, most wines are Australian, many are French, and several are natural, but there are no rules about provenance or style. The food here also takes a slightly different direction to the well-trodden Euro-leaning path that most other wine bars go down. It’s all in a minimalist art-deco space flush with marble and timber.

52 Harris Street, Pyrmont

Johnny Goes Italian

The tapas-style food options here go perfectly with the wines on offer.

185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst


Come for the hand-picked Spanish wines, stay for the sherry.

6-8 Bulletin Place, Sydney

Bibo Wine Bar

“He gave us access to his private wine collection; he’s been collecting for 60 years.”

7 Bay Street, Double Bay
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Continental Bistro

The bistro half of Newtown’s Continental Deli is doing a classic European menu.

Upstairs 210 Australia Street, Newtown
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Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy a wine list compiled by award-winning sommelier Nick Hildebrandt.

27 O'Connell Street, Sydney
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Five hundred boutique and obscure bottles and house-made charcuterie from the Bentley team.

16-20 Curtin Place, Sydney
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Seasonal share plates and a stellar drinks list from an ex-Rockpool bartender.

69 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest

Fix Wine Bar and Restaurant

Best visited at night, when the suits have gone home. There's over 100 wines by the glass here.

111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney


When a by-the-glass bottle is finished, the next customer gets to choose what's opened next.

Unit 1 375 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

The Lodge

Dark, timber hideaway on the inside, intimate summer courtyard on the outside.

3/415 Darling Street, Balmain

Small Bar - Crows Nest

Representing Australia and New Zealand's best.

85 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest

P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants Paddington

Another instalment for the cult bottle shop. Swing past to pick up a bottle of skin-contact chardonnay or a slab of Heaps Normal non-alcholic beer. Or snag a seat in the courtyard out back for by-the-glass-wine and terrine by ex-Old Fitz chef Nicholas Hill.

268 Oxford Street, Paddington