While some can’t stand the taste, wine is the go-to beverage for many people.
More often than not in a normal bar or club, the varieties of wine are limited, to say the least, and we’re stuck with the house white that either resembles apple juice or something much more acidic.
As wine lovers, we love nothing more than being handed an extensive wine list with loads to try, from semi-sweet whites to oaky reds.
Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you are in luck as Sydney has some lovely little wine bars scattered around the city. From quaint little tasting rooms to Mediterranean-style tapas restaurants, Sydney has them all.
We’ve compiled a little list for you of 15 of the best wine bars in Sydney, you can thank us later.
Location: 10 William Street, Paddington NSW.
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (5pm-12am) Friday – Saturday (12pm-12am)
You’ll find yourself constantly returning to this little place as their wine list changes every month!
Choose a monthly favorite here, from a Japanese digestivo to a Pinot Noir from France. Introducing you to the finest wines from all over the world, this wine bar will not disappoint.
Location: 4/50 Holt St, Surrey Hills NSW
Opening Hours: Tuesday- Friday (4:30-11pm) Saturday (4:30-12am
Located in Surry Hills and part of The Porteno Group, this little gem serves a variety of international and local wines.
It’s important to also appreciate wines from your local area, and this place does just that. Their menu boasts a variety of traditional Argentinean meals along with wines from there as well as Italy and around Australia.
They even have their little wine store, so if you fall in love with one of their bottles, you can pick one up for yourself on your way home!
Location: Shop 2/118-116 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW
Opening Hours: Wednesday -Saturday (5pm-12am) Sunday (4pm- 10pm)
This Mediterranean-inspired place is known for its great service and lovely decor.
Here you’ll be amazed by their little share plates and drops of wines from around the globe. Enjoy a comforting glass of red along with a platter of cured meats and cheeses.
The perfect place for after-work drinks and nibbles.
Location: 60 Carrington Street, Sydney NWS
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (12pm till late)
Here we have another Mediterranean style option, offering some delicious little share platters.
What makes them stand out is how geographically diverse their wine list is, and they are all stocked in their aesthetically pleasing wine wall! Perfect Instagram pic backdrop!
They are known to stock more than 1000 bottles from countries such as Turkey, Greece, Armenia, and Georgia.
Location: 18 Oxford St, Woollahra NWS
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday (5;11:45pm) Friday- Saturday (2-11:45pm)
Located at the top of Oxford Street, this is the place to go if you want to learn more about wine. They offer a variety of masterclasses to educate the public about different wines across the globe and Australia.
This little place is run by individuals who are seriously passionate about wine and want to share their knowledge and passion with anyone who walks through their doors.
If trying all their precious drops gets you a little hungry, they offer a lovely selection of wine bar snacks and share plates.
Location: 91 Crown Ln, Darlinghurst NWS
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (5 pm-12 am)
Named after the 1920s notorious crime boss in Sydney, this little hideaway would have definitely made her proud.
This character-filled wine bar is not easy to find, but its hideaway feel, hanging ferns, and tables for two make it perfectly intimate for a romantic date.
Their wine list consists of around 300 different wines from all over the world. They’ve ensured to keep up to date with what is popular, while also respecting the classic staple wines.
They also provide you with a European menu that is constantly updated, so you are bound to find some nibbles to your liking
Location: 530 King Street Newtown
Opening Hours: Thursday – Friday (5pm- 12am) Saturday (3pm – 12am) Sunday (3pm- 10pm)
This uniquely named place is a comforting neighborhood bar. The wines provided here have been carefully selected by the owners, Sophie Otton, her partner Stephen Smooker, and Markin Corcoran.
Just looking at Sophie Otton’s background assures you that you won’t be disappointed with the selection on offer.
She is a wine consultant, educator, and writer, as well as a two-time finalist in Australia’s most popular wine award, Vin de Champagne.
Although they don’t serve food, you can bring your own from the nearby restaurants to have alongside some of their delicious wines.
Location: 235 Marrickville Road Marrickville
Opening Hours: Tuesday (4pm-8pm) Wednesday – Thursday (4pm – 11pm) Friday (4pm- 11:30pm) Saturday (12pm-7pm) Sunday (12pm – 9pm)
This wine bar is run by brothers Dominic and Julian Abouzeid. They have a third brother called Nick, who is not involved in the running of this bar which is where the humorous name comes from.
Julian is the one involved in choosing the wine, and his choice is based on how natural the wine’s production methods are. He also strives to veer away from the standard wine culture, offering something more diverse.
There are around 150 bottles of wine here that are replaced with different ones as soon as they are finished.
You are bound to expand your wine pallet in this little nook, and with the precise attention that has gone into choosing each bottle, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Location: 6-8 Bulletin Plac Sydney
Opening Hours: Monday (9:30am-5:30pm) Tuesday – Thursday (12pm-10pm)
Tapavino’s name derives from tapas, small sharing plates, and vino, wine in Spanish. This beautiful Spanish bar will transport you across the globe and make you feel like you are in the heart of a little Spanish village.
The bar area is lit up by a red backlight, illuminating an array of multi-sized glass carafes that were glass-blown especially for this little bar.
Their other specialty is sherry, and they will provide you with 80 different types. Aside from this, you can enjoy a hearty glass of red Spanish wine, along with some Spanish cured meats such as Jamon Serrano.
Location: 7 Bay Street Double Bay
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (1-4pm/7:30pm-12am)
This dark bar that opened in 2016 has a Portuguese influence, a result of the owner, Jose Silva’s upbringing in Portugal.
In his household, you never drank without eating and never ate without drinking, which is something he has incorporated into this bar.
The food menu offers some mouth-watering seafood such as kingfish and salmon, along with some Portuguese-inspired croquettes.
Their 150 bottles offer glorious drops from Australian regions.
Opening Hours: Wednesday (4pm- 10pm) Thursday – Saturday (4pm-11pm) Sunday (12pm-5pm)
Located on Balmain’s Darling Street, this little bar is perfect all year round.
Its dim lighting and leather couches in the interior make it warm and inviting during the winter months, and its outdoor courtyard makes it wonderful for those late summer evenings.
Their by-the-glass options of wine change daily, so you are bound to try an extensive list of bottles the more you come here. They also have a very varied menu, from Spanish sombrasada on toast to gnocchi and a selection of cheeses.
Location: 85 Willoughby Road Crows Nest
Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday (4pm-12am) Thursday/Friday (12pm-12am) Saturday (8am-12am) Sunday 8am-10pm)
Like the previous option, this bar has a very inviting outdoor area, with fairy lights and dangling grapevines all over.
Keeping their products local and close by, they specialize in wine mainly from Australia and New Zealand, throwing in a few European specialties too.
They’ll also serve some sharing plates and some pleasant mains to accompany your wine.
Location: Moore Rd, Freshwater NSW
Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday (5 pm-9 pm)
Baretto, meaning ‘small bar’ in Italian is situated on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Enjoy a picturesque view of Freshwater beach from their outdoor area. This is a completely Italian-inspired place with its wine list focusing on the Sardinian region of Italy.
They also have an extensive selection of cocktails and Spritzes, in case anyone in your group isn’t into wine (yes, those people exist).
Location: 1 Ash Street, Sydney NSW
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7:30 am-12 am)
This is another option that’ll provide you with European-style tapas along with a wonderfully thought-out wine list.
Most options are from Italy, Spain, and France, but some lovely Australian options have been included too. They value the importance of appreciating wine that’s been curated locally.
Location: 16 Foster St, Surrey Hills NSW
Opening Hours: Monday- Thursday (6pm-9:30pm) Friday-Saturday (12pm-4pm/5pm-10pm) Sunday (12-8:30pm)
Another option located on Surry Hills is this wonderful restaurant that prioritizes providing produce that is sourced from local growers.
Their menu is inspired by Morocco, the Middle East, and Spain, providing you with wholesome, mouthwatering dishes.
Their wine showcases small and upcoming producers while also providing international wines. They are committed to sustainability and only favor growers who stand by organic farming.
If you follow these beliefs, and even if you don’t this is a wonderful option.
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Sydney is not lacking in wine bars. Many will specialize in providing you with international options, while also showcasing local producers.
If you are a visitor who is looking for some laid-back ambiance and a nice glass of wine, or a local who is trying to branch out and try some new places, pick of these wine bars in this list and explore what they have to offer.
You may find yourself becoming a regular in some of them.