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The small bar revolution advances down King Street with a new wine bar

The south end of King Street boasts some of the most delightfully dingy pubs in the city – the Sando, the Townie, the Union – but popping up like mushrooms under the protective branches of these mighty watering holes is a smattering of small bars, adding a touch of class to the far reaches of Newtown. Following the industrial-style code almost to the letter there are polished metal benches, work lights and charcoal walls. The centerpiece is a series of backlit tubes arranged to look like a giant bunch of grapes while also acting as a nifty wine rack. The lighting changes colour depending on the mood of the staff, but when we visit it's blue lit, giving off a jazz-junkie vibe. On the menu you will find 22 wines, which are mostly Australian and New Zealand varieties, as well as the requisite French option for Champagne drinkers. There are also eight cocktails as well as a handful of bottled beers. By way of bar snacks the marinated olives are a bit of a tease so opt instead for the more substantial options like the pizzetta trio.

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Updated on 23 Apr 2014.

By Emily Lloyd-Tait   |  

Bench Wine Bar details

Shop 4
503–511 King St, Newtown 2042

Telephone 02 9557 7428

Nearby Stations: Newtown; St Peters

Price per person including drinks Up to $50

Open Wed-Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat, Sun 4pm-late

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