There are worse places to be than perched out the front of Bambini with a chilled pinot grigio, wiling away a lazy afternoon or savouring the evening bustle of Sydney’s CBD. Bambini’s coveted outdoor tables belie the marble and finery that this popular wine bar offers inside. Here, cosy nooks are perfect for couples looking for intimacy, accompanied by a Blushing Rose or an icebreaker Negroni supplied by the savvy bartenders and wait staff. Daytime brings the suited-up executives who enjoy brisk-yet-fine-tuned service and a wine list that straddles classics from Chianti to Coonawarra. The wine is the focus but antipasti or a plate of crisp calamari are perfect foils for the raft of food-friendly Italian wines on the extensive by-the-glass list. Bambini was one of the first to embrace the small bar revolution and continues to excel with their own brand of sophistication for service, food and great drinks.