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The best wine lists, sommeliers and vinous adventures to be had in the city

10 William Street

10 William Street is first-and-foremost a bar with a penchant for crazy, raw, wild and feral Italian wines. Your sommelier might pour you something like the exciting Cirelli trebbiano from Abbruzzo, or an almost rosé-like pinot grigio. Paddington.

121 BC

It’s one of the busiest little bars in Surry Hills, offering wines by the glass from most areas of the boot. Trying to get a seat past 7pm is a fool’s errand, though we can tell you that turning up either early or later in the evening will result in some good vinous fun. Surry Hills.

Ash St Cellar

Decompress out in the breezy laneway or up at the bar where French house keeps the vibe on a low simmer and devote your remaining energies to the wine menu. They have an internationally diverse, by-the-glass list, and offer tasting glasses for half the price of a full pour so you take a little tour without breaking the bank. Sydney.

Bentley Restaurant and Bar

Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt and chef Brent Savage are having a bit of a moment. After opening slick wine bar Monopole and Yellow bistro in Potts Point, they set sail for the CBD and docked with the Best Wine Bar gong for Bentley at our recent bar awards. Sydney.


DeVine has long been hailed for its totally overwhelming encyclopedia of bloody brilliant wine. Plonked just around the corner from the QVB bus stops, the crowd is thick with suits come the working week, but the bar is anything but stuffy. Like a real-deal European tavern, DeVine is warm and full of life inside. Sydney.

Love Tilly Devine

Named for the infamous gang maiden who once ruled the streets of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, Love Tilly Devine is a pocket-sized bar with an extraordinary wine list run by sommelier Matt Swieboda. Try the Tournelle ‘L’ Uva Arbosiana’ Poulsard from the Jura and be rewarded with $13 worth of ripe, juicy, sweet freshness. Darlinghurst.


This slip of a wine bar has become the unofficial meeting place for Potts Point locals in the know. Which, judging from the crowded room on a Wednesday night, is everybody. No wonder though, when you’ve got a crack team including Anthony Moore running things on the floor and in the glass. Potts Point.

Sepia Wine Bar

The bar area at Sepia combines the benefit of head sommelier Rodney Setter’s wine experience (we’ve never had and enjoyed so much Greek wine in one sitting), with Martin Benn’s food. And you don’t need to book. Sydney.


At this small Inner-West wine bar with plenty of spunk there are always three whites and three reds on offer by the glass, which could be anything from owner Tim Smith’s very own blended red, a slightly buttery Chablis or a crisp and pale rosé from Provence. Glebe.

The Wine Library

You want a sure bet when it comes to drinking good wine on any given lunch day? You’ve found it at this Paddington stalwart. The wine list offers plenty of delicious, for very few dollars. Grab a glass of Provençale rosé for a tenner or settle in with a juicy Beaujolais. Woollahra.

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Updated on 28 May 2015.

By Myffy Rigby   |  
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