Narrowing down the best wine bars in Sydney is no easy feat. From the trendy wine bar in Sydney’s Surry Hills to the ambient wine bars on the water, this city has them all. These 17 wine bars are where curated wine lists, fresh produce and sophisticated design coalesce. Most importantly, they all offer the smoothest, most tantalising wines from Australia and around the world.
Sydney plays host to those mysterious underground cellars perfect for the alluring first date. Yet you’ll also find the chicer warehouses ideal for rowdier group events. Scour through the 17 best wine bars in Sydney to find the one for your next event or knock-off vino.
1. Dear Sainte Éloise
This quaint wine restaurant in Sydney is named after George Orwell’s reference in Down and Out in Paris in London to Saint Eloise, wherein he prays for enough francs to buy bread and a bottle of wine. Dear Sainte Eloise certainly delivers these goods, and the very best kind at that. The wine list boasts over 400 varieties, but the intuitive, descriptive layout makes this much easier to navigate than it may sound. The food offerings change every few days based on the seasons and available produce. With only 40 seats, this is an ideal wine bar for a date or small group for a lush post-work wine.
Address: 5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9326 9745
Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm
2. The Dolphin Hotel Wine Room
You may be well acquainted with the Dolphin’s downstairs bistro and courtyard. But if you haven’t visited The Dolphine Hotel Wine Room you are seriously missing out. This wine bar in Surry Hills Sydney has an extensive list that distinguishes the reds that are bright, light and electric from the velvety, suave and alluring. In other words, they have wines to suit every palate and every occasion. They also have a delectable array of cured meats and cheeses to pair with their wines.
Address: 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9331 4800
Hours: Monday 11:30am-11:45pm
With a wine list that changes month to month, you can be sure that at 10 William St you’ll be drinking the very best drops of the season. From Japanese digestivos to sparkling reds from the Loire Valley, 10 William St will introduce you to your new favourite drink you never knew you loved. They feature the top vino from all corners of the world, and bring it to your corner in one of the best wine bars in Sydney CBD.
Address: 10 William Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Phone: (02) 9360 3310
Hours: Wed-Thur 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am
4. Love, Tilly Devine
Love, Tilly Devine prides itself on being a wine bar in Surry Hills Sydney full of character. It’s a place where you savour the wine, take in the aromas and share the experience with an old friend or a future lover. They have a list of around 300 different wines from around the world. Each of these wines pays homage to the soil in which the grapes were grown and the fruity or herby flavours they exude – not the alcohol content. A nod to former East Sydney brothel owner and badass boss woman, Tilly Devine, we think it’s an establishment she’d be honoured to have inspired.
Address: 91 Crown Ln, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9326 9297
Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-12am
5. Ragazzi Wine and Pasta
Ragazzi Wine and Pasta is the Italian brother, to Love, Tilly Devine (Aussie) and Dear Saint Eloise (French). It offers a 300 bottle wine list that features Italian drops and Aussie made wines that utilise Italian grapes. The focus is minimal intervention, daily changing wines that bring a touch of unexpected excitement to the contemporary Italian setting. It’s not called Ragazzi Wine, so grab some pasta while you’re there and if you can’t make your mind up, just let the chef decide for you at a modest $65pp.
Address: 1 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8964 3062
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-6pm
The looser wine bar sister to Sydney restaurant Ester, which changed the restaurant game in Sydney. Poly is found within the Paramount House Hotel and serves a wine menu that has a focus on organic, bio-dynamic and natural wines. The wine list might have been unusual when it opened, but today its home to some of the most sought after and rare bottles from the greats in natural wine. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, there’s a small selection of food that is sure to hit the spot, think Koji Marinated Flank Steak, 800g Rib Eye Steak, and whole flounder.
Address: 74-76 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 8860 0808
Hours: Tue-Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-4pm & 5-11pm
7. De Vine
De Vine Food and Wine Restaurant offers an Italian-inspired culinary experience complemented with an evolving list of 400 Euro-centric wines. With its refined menu, De Vine is easily one of the most memorable and best wine bars in Sydney CBD. Come for the wine, stay for the food and remember for the experience.
Address: 32 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9262 6906
Hours: Tues-Fri 12-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm
8. Wyno Bar and Shop
The Porteno Group is well known for their acute senses in sniffing out the most innovative dishes and lapping up the most intoxicating wines. Not to mention their ability to establish wine bars with more ambience than electronic music. Wyno Bar and Shop in Surry Hills is the perfect continuance of the rule. They have seamlessly executed an alley of dim lighting filled with an evolving food menu and an interesting array of international and small, local wines.
Address: 4/50 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9212 7766
Hours: Tue-Fri 4:30-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-12am
Don’t click on the website link to Nomad if you’re on an empty stomach. The team of chefs here includes a full-time baker preparing fresh bread daily, a charcuterie expert and in-house cheesemakers. Of course, there is also a team of sommeliers that bring the cellar door atmosphere from around the country to a wine bar in Surry Hills Sydney. The wine list boasts a distance of 4000km from around the country. They allow you to hear stories from the winemakers as you taste the tannins, all from within a turn of the century warehouse seating up to 150 guests.
Address: 16 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9280 3395
Hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-4pm & 5pm-10pm, Sun 12-8:30pm
10. Black Bottle
Darlinghurst’s neighbourhood wine bar, Black Bottle serves Mediterranean share plates, oysters, craft cocktails and of course a huge range of top-notch wine. You’ll be met with great service, plenty of greenery and mood lighting and affordable drops from around the globe at one of the best wine bars in Sydney CBD.
Address: Shop 2/118-116 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 7901 4114
Hours: Wed-Sat 5pm-12am, Sun 4pm-10pm
11. Bentley Restaurant + Bar
Have you ever yearned for an evening of a luscious glass of red by the fire, accompanied by a handpicked, gourmet selection of meats, cheeses and sides, your favourite company and tailored service? It was a trick question, of course, you have. Now imagine it with the very top products selected by Sydney’s top chefs and sommeliers in an industrial-chic setting and you still probably won’t have reached the decadence of Bentley Restaurant and Bar. Visit this wine restaurant in Sydney to bring your imagination (and more) to life.
Address: 27 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8214 0505
Hours: Wed-Thur & Sat 6pm-10pm, Fri 12-3 & 6-10pm
Monopole has a wine list of over 500 rare and boutique wines. Coming here is the equivalent of traipsing around the unique wine regions of Europe to sample and compare the particular flavours of each climate and soil; just without the exorbitant long-haul flights costs. This renowned wine bar in Surry Hills Sydney, was awarded ‘Wine list of the Year’ by SMH Good Food Guide in 2017 and awarded two hats in 2018 and 2019. Complement the sophisticated beverages with an equally impressive list of artisan cheeses and welcoming, suave design.
Address: 16-20 Curtin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8080 9144
Hours: Tue & Sat 5-11pm, Wed-Fri 12am-11pm
13. Ash St. Cellar
Combining the hospitality acumen of Merivale, European-inspired tapas and a masterfully curated wine list, Ash St. Cellar is easily one of the best wine bars in Sydney CBD. Merivale’s award-winning sommelier, Franck Moreau, personally curated the wine menu, which features everything from Malagoussia from Greece to a Syrah from the Northern Rhone Valley in France. While most of the elements hail from Spain, Italy and France, a lot of Australian specialties also make the cut. The wine varies in price to make this the ideal spot for any budget or occasion.
Located in: Ivy Presinct
Address: 1 Ash Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9114 7302
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-12am
14. The Wine Library
As its name denotes, Wine Library is the place you go to when you want to learn, experience and experiment – about wine of course. The intricate process of viticulture is not only heralded as an important science at vineyards far out of the city. This wine den appreciates the beauty of a perfectly executed drop and they love sharing their knowledge and passion with everyone who steps inside their doors. Visit one of the best wine bars in Sydney CBD nestled at the top of Oxford Street to experience the handpicked wine and some delectable share plates.
Address: 18 Oxford St, Woollahra NSW 2025
Phone: (02) 9368 7484
Trading hours: Tue-Thur 5-11:45pm, Fri-Sat 2-11:45pm
15. Where’s Nick
A less pretentious and naturally funky wine restaurant in Sydney is Marrickville’s Where’s Nick. The wine list features the best drops from Adelaide, New Zealand, France and Chile (and many places in between) ranging in flavours from spicy orange to fresh cherries. Founder Julian Abouzeid worked as the wine buyer for Oak Barrel for five years before joining forces with his brother Dominic to open this incredibly popular wine bar. Where is third brother Nick in all of this? Take a visit and maybe you’ll find out.
Address: 236 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: 0481 759 182
Trading hours: Tue-Wed 4-10pm, Thur 4-11pm, Fri 4-11:30pm, Sat 12-11:30pm, Sun 12-10pm
16. Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant
The perfect antidote to a long week is a wine and snack at Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant, where there’s no such thing as a bad choice. As one of the best wine bars in Sydney CBD, Fix offers over 250 bottles of small handcrafted, often unusual and usually natural wines from around the world. Their award-winning sommelier, Stuart Knox, will take you on a journey through viticultural heaven each time you visit this fine Sydney establishment.
Address: 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9232 2767
Hours: Tue 8am-5pm, Wed-Fri 8am-9pm
Baretto means ‘small bar’ in Italian and this Sydney wine bar is true to its name. The venue is located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, right on the water at Freshwater beach. Serving Italian bar food curated by one of Sydney’s best chefs, Mitch Orr, the menu is extensive yet remarkably inviting. The all Italian wine list is beyond extensive and has a focus on the Sardinian region. If wine isn’t your thing, the cocktail menu is extensive and there’s a selection of Spritzes and both local and Sardinian beers.
Address: Moore Rd, Freshwater NSW 2096
Phone: (02) 9938 3331
Hours: Fri-Sun 5-9pm
Where is the best wine bar in Sydney CBD?
There are a number of good wine bars near Sydney CBD, Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant, Love, Tilly Devine, and Wyno Bar and Shop three great ones to try. For more refer to our list on the 17 Best Wine Bars in Sydney.
What is the best wine bar in Sydney for food?
10 William St in Paddington is a great wine bar in Sydney, it also happens to have been previously awarded the best restaurant in Australia by Delicious magazine. There are more great wine bars that serve food in Sydney, try Regazzi Pasta and Wine and Poly.
Where can I drink natural wine in Sydney?
Regazzi Pasta and Wine, Love, Tilly Devine, Poly, 10WilliamSt, and The Dolphin Wine Room are great wine bars in Sydney that serve natural wine.