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TOP-5 WINE BARS in Sydney

TOP-5 WINE BARS in Sydney


Dear Reader!

I remember a time when ordering wine by the glass meant a choice of white or red … usually from a cask or the cheapest bottle the venue stocked. Today it’s an opportunity to try a whole range of interesting drops from some of the world’s best producers. So I’m excited to see the 2019 Wineslinger Top 50 Venues list (which I helped judge) announced this week. It’s a guide to the best spots across the country where wine is the hero, served with a sense of fun and adventure, but the food is certainly not an afterthought. Now it’s your turn to judge (details below). Not that I’m trying to sway you, but here’s the five I most like to drink at (when I’m not ensconced in the too-tiny-for-this-list bar at Momofuku Seiobo of course!)



The most understated of the Bentley venues is my favourite. Perch at the counter or nestle into a banquette and enjoy Nick Hildebrandt’s wide-ranging, edgy wine selection (my current fave is Cantina Giardino Vino Bianco Greco) alongside great house-cured meats, fabulous seafood, and that duck breast!


Bibo Wine Bar

This narrow space in unlikely Double Bay has a bright young crew of industry professionals, including sommelier Louella Mathews and chef Jose Silva. From a lean skin-contact Clare riesling with moreish bean fritters to an old Madeira with Sweet Belem Portuguese tarts, they’ve got the goods!


Dear St Eloise

Simple interesting food and natural wines are two of my favourite things … which explains why I love this place. Then there’s the great vibe of their laneway location, the Orwellian twist in name and address, their commitment to riesling and great value $50 sharing menu!


10 William St

Thank goodness the whipped bottarga pretzel stays regardless of which talented chef cooks at this wonderful hole-in-the-wall. I can’t pick a favourite match between Friulian pinot grigio with gnoccho fritto, spinach & artichokes or swordfish, white beans & salsa verde with a boutique Beaujolais.


The Summertown Aristologist

It’s a long way to go for a drink, but this brilliant spot owned by winemakers Anton van Klopper, Jasper Button and Aaron Fenwick is the place for natural wines with a short menu of simple, delicious shared food (go potatoes in beef fat with warm egg yolk!).


A panel of 100 winemakers, sommeliers and journalists voted on the Wineslinger Top 50 Venues list. Now voting is open for the People’s Choice Award. All voters get a $50 voucher to premium winebroker Langton’s and go into the draw to win a raft of great prizes (a private tasting with the Henschkes at Hill of Grace, a winemaking experience in the historic Tahbilk cellars or the opportunity to determine the final blend of the 2019 Ocean Eight Pinot Noir with winemaker Mike Aylward on the Mornington Peninsula).
See more of what I’m cooking, eating and drinking on Instagram
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