The 29 best wine bars and wine restaurants in Sydney 2024

From casual wine bars to fine dining - here is our guide to great places to drink wine in Sydney..

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  1. Phone: +61 (02) 9280 3395

    Address: 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills

    Arguably the beating heart for the revered Foster Street precinct, Nomad opened in 2013 and very quickly gained a loyal following, with its cavernous interior and industrial aesthetic providing the foundations for fire-cooked, Middle Eastern-inspired dishes and a positively boisterous atmosphere. The format has proven itself time again since, and continues to be one of the inner city’s most popular venues. Nomad’s wine list has long been a celebration of minimal intervention and earth-friendly practices, and always with an emphasis on Australia (but the great regions of France, Germany and Ne...

  2. Phone: +61 (02) 9280 3395

    Address: 1 Fracks Lane, Surry Hills

    Hidden in a very narrow laneway in the heart of Surry Hills, Beau is the newest, and undoubtedly most polished Sydney venue from the Nomad Group. Deep, moody tones and industrial textures define the venue’s minimalist aesthetic, which is at once comfortable and refined. Owners Al and Rebecca Yazbek, and Group Chef Jacqui Challinor have long been revered for their philosophy of incredible yet approachable food and quality ingredients, and here it’s no different. Middle Eastern-accented dishes champion the very best local produce, expertly assembled by Head Chef Troy Spencer. The beauty of Bea...

  3. Phone: +61 (02) 8023 7609

    Address: Shop 1- 4 Level 2/455 George Street, Sydney

    If we’re led to believe that 1920s speakeasies were as luxe and well-fitted as ESQ Bar + Dining, then perhaps Prohibition might have (just) been bearable. Dim lighting, leather booths and parquetry floors are all accentuated by jazz music, bistro dishes and an exceptional selection of wine, whiskey and cocktails. The wine list is comprehensive and detailed, arranged by variety with charming selections of “Obscure Delights”. The by-the-glass selection is all poured with Coravin, allowing for some particularly special liquid to end up in your glass for a very fair price.

  4. Phone: +61 (02) 9167 2921

    Address: Shop 2/81 Macleay Street, Potts Point

    Ornate with parquet floors, red velvet seating and plush green banquettes, Franca is a step above your classic French brasserie. The menu covers Paris bistro classics in addition to more Mediterranean-inspired dishes, all assembled with sustainable and high-quality local ingredients. France is (naturally) high on the list of priorities, and there’s an admirable emphasis on Alsace, the Loire, Jura, Savoie and Languedoc, in addition to the behemoths of Burgundy and the Rhône. It doesn’t stop there, however, with sommelier Riley O’Doherty offering a well-curated selection of some of Australia a...

  5. Phone: +61 1300 391 808

    Address: 108 Market Street, Sydney

    At 81 floors above Pitt Street in the heart of the Sydney CBD, Infinity’s revolving floor offers guests the very best views of the Harbour and surrounds available. The Modern Australian menu champions local and seasonal produce in a comfortable and stylish setting. It’s quite literally a feast for all the senses. This is a list of classic proportions, with an appropriate emphasis on local producers, with no shortage of blue chip options, including a 10-year Grange vertical. To counterbalance, Group Sommelier Louella Mathews has also put forward some of Australia, New Zealand, and Europe’s mo...

  6. Phone: +61 (02) 9440 4088

    Address: 2 Eastern Road, Turramurra

    Housed in a former mechanic’s garage, Kipling’s is a beacon for Sydney’s affluent yet sleepy upper North Shore, providing CBD-level service against far leafier surrounds. The focus here is on simplicity of ingredients and a relaxed, convivial atmosphere: arguably the perfect foundation for a stellar wine list, which continues to be one of the finest offerings north of the Harbour Bridge. The 20-page list impressively targets both weight and variety, offering plenty of perusal material for a proudly casual-chic venue. The smart selection of 375ml carafes is a winner for both indecisive and exp...

  7. Phone: +61 (02) 9220 0111

    Address: Shop 10/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

    Grand Prix Australia 2022

    The Bentley Group’s dedicated seafood restaurant, Cirrus is (aptly) nestled waterfront in the city’s Barangaroo precinct. Overseen by chef Brent Savage and group sommelier Nick Hildebrandt, who are renowned for putting up a high-class dining experience, this is the place to get to for the magical combination of glistening water views and next-level seafood (and wine). Let’s start with the by-the-glass selection: at 36 wines, there’s almost enough here to engage even the savviest customer – before moving on to the rest of the 92-page list. Not including a small but sharp list of chilled sake,...

  8. Phone: +61 0481 384 153

    Address: 99 Redfern Street, Redfern

    With the exterior appeal of a buzzy neighbourhood bistro and the interior detail of a sophisticated yet casual wine bar, Redbird manages to nail several briefs at once; that this is also one of Inner Sydney’s finest Chinese restaurants is very much an added bonus. Redbird is the brainchild of celebrated hospitality couple chef Hamish Ingham and sommelier Rebecca Lines, who between them have been responsible for some of Sydney’s most esteemed casual fine dining venues over the last 15 years. Thanks to the help of a feng shui expert during the design process, there’s a distinct sense of tranq...

  9. Phone: +61 (02) 9158 4000

    Address: 37 Margaret Street, Sydney

    Fastidiousness, in both service and decor, defines Shell House’s Dining Room and Terrace, a chic and natural light-filled haven nine floors above Sydney’s bustling CBD. Overseen by ex-ARIA chef Joel Bickford, the food menu is fine and impressive, worthy of an equally arresting wine list. Clear your schedule – this is a place for lingering and whiling away a couple of blissful hours. At 62 pages, Shell House’s list is bordering on tome levels, seamlessly balancing traditional and contemporary classics. There’s a noted emphasis on sustainable viticulture and wines that convey distinctive terro...

  10. Phone: +61 (02) 8871 7171

    Address: Crown Sydney, Level 1/1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

    Situated in the waterside Barangaroo precinct, the 260-seater Woodcut is one of Sydney’s more ambitious fine diners. Brought to life by chef-restaurateur couple Ross and Sunny Lusted, the menu revolves around the concepts of steam, fire, smoke, and ice – and there’s a kitchen dedicated to each method of preparation. High-quality Australian produce is at the core of everything here, from seafood to steak, with a seasonal focus, too. With its high walls and immaculate decor, Woodcut is one for making an impression. The wine list is comprehensive and unapologetically classic (in the best way...

  11. Phone: +61 (02) 9332 2344

    Address: 57 Macleay Street, Potts Point

    Named in honour of its saffron facade, which originally fronted an art gallery, Yellow has been the Eastern Suburbs’ go-to plant-based bistro since 2016. The kitchen team, headed by chef Brent Savage, continues to plate up the pinnacle of vegan cuisine with a stellar wine list to match. The comprehensive list packs a lot into three pages, naturally centred on vegan-friendly wines without forsaking sommelier Nick Hildebrandt’s well-honed taste for the rare, fine and eclectic. Expect the very best of Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, with an emphasis on progressive and low-interventionist pro...

  12. Phone: +61 2 9360 3310

    Address: 10 William Street, Paddington

    Nestled in an unassuming hole in the wall along a typical picturesque Paddington row, this little wine bar is nothing short of a Sydney institution. It’s been a firm favourite since doors swung open in 2011, and though the offering has evolved, it’s remained uncompromising and confident. The menu starts with tricked up takes on classic antipasti and bar snacks, and continues the semi-Italian theme with their famed plays on pasta. You can sit up at the small bar and spy into the kitchen, or grab one of the tables by the door or the corridor-esque dining room upstairs. Either way, you’ll proba...

  13. Phone: +61 2 9437 3700

    Address: 69 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest

    Annata is a small restaurant and bar located on the high street of Crow’s Nest in Sydney. Part cocktail bar, part wine bar, part restaurant, this little venue has a lot to offer and brings inner city buzz to the North Shore. It’s a long, narrow, split-level space, with bare brick walls and dark wooden floors. Wine racked against the walls lends a semi cellar aesthetic, red leather banquettes add warmth, and a splashy marble bar below adds a sense of grandeur. Large arched windows look out onto the street side terrace, and offer a spot to perch and people watch. Regulars prop themselves up at...

  14. Phone: +61 2 8214 0505

    Address: 27 O'Connell Street, Sydney

    International Grand Prix, presented by Domaine Laroche 2023

    When Bentley moved into the grand dining room of the Radisson Blue Hotel in Sydney city, it evolved from neighbourhood wine bar to CBD heavy hitter, and now oozes style and confidence. The restaurant is very much it's own space within the hotel – black steel scaffolding lends a moody yet polished warehouse vibe that’s worlds away from the hotel lobby. The offering is multifaceted; you can sit at the bar and sample from a short snacks menu, or opt for the main dining room and choose between à la carte or degustation. Slick industrial design, inventive food and an extensive wine list ensure it...

  15. Phone: +61 2 9332 2100

    Address: 50 MacLeay Street, Potts Point

    Set in an old bank building on Macleay Street in Potts Point, Bistro Rex has all the grandeur one expects from the genre. Marble accents, high ceilings and beautifully detailed floors make for an impressive setting, the large space broken up by curved leather lounges. Splashes of copper across booth backs and doors bring warmth, in a playful nod to the old copper pots of the French kitchen. Rex may be shiny and beautifully maintained, but the offering remains decidedly down to earth. The classics like chicken liver parfait, tartare, and steak frite are well executed, and the menu offers luxur...

  16. Phone: +61 2 9362 4680

    Address: 7 Bay Street, Double Bay

    Located in Double Bay, Bibo is a restaurant-cum-wine bar serving up Portuguese inspired cuisine in a dark and moody atmosphere. The wine list takes an all rounder approach to varieties, regions and styles. 50% of the 450 bins are devoted to Australian listings - with a good portion of these given over to iconic producers - and the remainder covers the heavy hitters across Europe. With about 30 wines by the glass, and a decent offering of aged wine, this list offers plenty of choice within the world of classic wine.

  17. Phone: +61 2 9550 6196

    Address: 131 King Street, Newtown

    ​The second incarnation of Cafe Paci has found a home on King Street in the eclectic inner western suburb of Newtown. This lively, bustling little venue is well placed in this quirky, offbeat suburb, and often has queues snaking down the street. The more formal, tasting menu of the former Paci is gone, replaced with a very on-trend offering of down-sized sharing dishes. Dark molasses rye bread, potato dumplings with XO sauce, and devilled eggs with trout roe are just a few of the current staples, by Finnish-born chef & owner Pasi Petanen. The dishes will fly out of the kitchen one by one, wh...

  18. Phone: +61 2 9326 9745

    Address: 5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point

    Best Medium-Sized List Award Australia 2022

    ​Down a little lane, off a little square, tucked away from the hustle & bustle of where Kings Cross meets Potts Point, sits a small wine bar called Dear Sainte Eloise. Sister to Darlinghurst’s hole-in-the-wall Love Tilly Devine, DSE is the slightly more dressed up sibling. Tables spill out onto the laneway and bar seating runs along the large open windows, so there’s many a spot to settle in and watch the world go by. And go by it does, as this little corner of Sydney is particularly eclectic. If people-watching isn’t your thing, hop up at the copper bar and chat with whoever happens to be b...

  19. Phone: +61 2 9114 7303

    Address: 2 Ash Street, Sydney

    Grand Prix Australia 2021

    Tucked away in the city centre, Felix Bistro and Bar occupies a substantial space on the small alleyway of Ash street. Felix is as much a nod to the brasseries of Paris as it is to the New York homage of those very same institutions – merging the kitsch, old-worldly aesthetics of the former with the hedonistic hustle and bustle of the latter. Dark wooden french doors open onto an orderly terrace, scattered with picturesque Parisian rattan chairs, and shaded by those red awnings so typical of the genre. Seafood is a must here, with a dedicated oyster shucker putting together endless iced-down...

  20. Phone: +61 2 9232 2767

    Address: 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

    After years spent working as a sommelier in London, Stuart Knox returned to open Fix, an eclectic wine bar and restaurant on Elizabeth Street in Sydney’s business district, just opposite St James station. In a decidedly corporate market, where tastes tend towards the conservative, Fix offers individuality and personality. The offering is split between the wine bar, lower streetside, and the restaurant, tucked upstairs. There’s a high bar for solo drinkers and chatters, and small tables for twos and threes looking for a slightly more intimate experience. A terrace offers views of Hyde Park an...

  21. Phone: +61 2 9326 9297

    Address: 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

    Best Medium-Sized List Award Australia 2021

    In 2010, the cramped store room of long-standing wine retailer Best Cellars was lovingly refurbished into a hole-in-the-wall wine bar by ex-fine dining Sommelier Matt Swieboda. The laneway space is small – just 40 patrons, and that’s a squeeze – and unpretentious, with a short, well-executed list of bar snacks to support the superb wine offering. In a city long hostile to wine bar culture, the comment “it’s like a bar you’d find in Melbourne” was considered high praise. Perhaps as a snub to those inevitable comparisons, Love Tilly was named for famous Sydney folk figure, the notorious crime b...

  22. Phone: +61 2 8080 9144

    Address: 16-20 Curtin Place, Sydney

    Best Medium-Sized List Award Australia 2022

    Monopole is a restaurant and wine bar located in Sydney’s Central Business District. Previously located in Potts Point, this self proclaimed “European style” eatery boasts a 450 bin strong list with a French focus. A light filled interior makes this a popular spot for corporate and casual lunches alike and offers a pleasing counterpoint to the more sombre dining experience of sister venue Bentley Restaurant.

  23. Phone: +61 2 9969 4088

    Address: D’Albora Marinas, Spit Road, Mosman

    ​Ormeggio is an Italian fine dining restaurant situated at The Spit, overlooking Middle Harbour on Sydney’s North Shore. Set on the D'Albora Marina, this restaurant aspires to bring the Italian Riviera to Sydney. Large open bi-fold windows allow for a wonderful view of the water and the glittering multimillion-dollar mansions across it, interrupted only by sleek yachts and powerboats bobbing on the tide. If you’re looking to vacation via a long lunch and indulge in a bit of La Dolce Vita, then Ormeggio is the place to do it. Specialising in seafood, this two hat restaurant does some of Sydney...

  24. Phone: (02) 9517 9754

    Address: 64 Enmore Road, Newtown

    Reminiscent of a French cave à manger or an Italian enoteca in style, PnV Paddington combines a wine shop with a wine bar. The 400 bin list focuses on natural wine of a broad spectrum, supported by craft spirits, artisan beer and junmai sakes. There’s no set by the glass list - rather a rotating selection of 15 to 20 wines, determined by what the staff feel like opening on the day and what guests are interested in drinking. Guests can browse the shelves themselves or take a seat in the sunny courtyard out the back and let the staff select a few options for them. There’s food on offer too, or...

  25. Phone: +61 2 8964 3062

    Address: 1 Angel Place, Sydney

    Best Medium-Sized List Award Australia 2022

    This little wine & pasta bar is nestled into the side of the City Recital Hall at Angel Place in the city centre. A couple of seats along the footpath alert the passerby to its presence, as does the din of happy diners, but otherwise it’s very discrete. Sleek and modern with concrete walls, dark leather banquettes and brass details, this venue is the perfect spot for quick lunches, long aperitifs, and pre/post theatre dinners. With just 38 seats, including those around the bar at the heart of the space, it’s intimate and buzzy. From the team behind L​ove Tilly Devine and Dear Sainte Eloise,...

  26. Phone: +61 9232 0881

    Address: 15 Bligh Street, Sydney

    Down a winding stairwell, this Belle Epoque inspired restaurant transports the diner from Bligh street in the city’s centre to post-war Paris. Dining here feels like theatre. The scene is set with red velvet drapes and dark wood panelling, and a baby grand piano takes centre stage. Lit by the soft glow of candles dripping wax down old Burgundy bottles, and manned by a brigade of bow-tied​ waiters, the ambience here feels bizarrely authentic. Not a surprise really, considering that it’s a Swillhouse offering; the team behind other themed venues in Sydney like Shady Pines Saloon, Baxter’s Bar...

  27. Phone: +61 2 9572 6666

    Address: 83 Percival Road, Stanmore

    ​Set in the unassuming neighbourhood of Stanmore in Sydney’s inner west, Sixpenny is a small fine dining restaurant. With just 34 seats in total, and only one sitting per night, this little restaurant has been making waves in the dining scene since opening in 2012, and now serves a single seven-course degustation menu. Housed in a federation building, the interior of the restaurant is surprisingly contemporary. Wooden tables are left unclothed, and the aesthetic is pared right back. The white walls are hung with simple artworks of Australian natives, and a single large copper basin, serving...

  28. Phone: +61 2 9368 7484

    Address: 18 Oxford Street, Woollahra

    Austrian Wine List Award Australia, presented by Austrian Wine 2022

    ​Opening in 2010, The Wine Library gained institution status almost immediately and has maintained that despite a changing of the guard. Tucked away at the Woollahra end of Oxford Street, this wine bar pleases locals with an expansive wine program and ever-changing menu. A bright and airy bar area greets the visitor on arrival, oft crowded and convivial. Grab a seat at the window and a glass of wine from one of the 60 on pour, and engage in a bit of good old fashioned people watching. There is a more spacious and civilized dining room out the back for those looking to partake in the short...

  29. Phone: +61 406 991 384

    Address: 236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

    Best Medium-Sized List Award Australia 2022

    Located in Marrickville, this little wine bar is right at home in Sydney’s inner west. With bric-a-brac furniture, wall murals and a whole lot of quirky personality, brothers Jules and Dom created an offbeat neighbourhood gem of a venue. Named for the third brother, Nick, who refused to be involved in the project at all and then later popped up for cameo shifts when short of cash, this is a bar that refuses to take itself too seriously. Set in an old cake shop with concrete floors and living room vibes, this venue nails the brief; wine service with professionalism yet zero pomp and pretenc...