Best wine bars in Sydney with amazing food

What time is it? It’s wine time! Sample these top Sydney wine bars for the winning cocktail of fab grub, cool vibe and cheeky drops.

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  • Alexandra Carlton
  • February 2020

From the CBD to the eastern suburbs and inner west, the NSW capital offers both the best pubs for after-work drinks and intimate wine rooms for a quiet night out, all with extensive wine lists and great food.

Best for after-work drinks: Prince of York, Sydney CBD.

This two-storey restaurant, bar and club is all about thoughtful wine and innovative Mediterranean-inflected snacks upstairs – don’t go past their crab spaghetti in a bag with basil and chilli – before you head next door to Pamela’s nightclub to party. Housed in a grand old former bank in the centre of the city, the interiors are a sexy mix of grunge and glamour and the daily happy hour between 4-6pm has house wines for AUD $10.

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Best for bar snacks: Bart Jr, Redfern

With its corner position in Redfern, one of Sydney’s buzziest suburbs, this is people-watching heaven. That is if you can tear your attention away from some of the best bar snackage in the city. The menu changes often but the Tuesday night pastas like fettuccine with anchovy, fennel and pangrattato or their famous hot sandwiches – a meatball sub one week, charred lamb butty the next but always with crisps and a pickle – never put a foot wrong.

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A plate of bread and meats.
You’ll love Bibo’s Portuguese-inspired bar bites.

Best neighbourhood bar: Bibo, Double Bay

Tucked away on a quiet street of Double Bay, this intimate wood-panelled bar is something of a local secret. Come for the curated wine list with more than 400 options from around the world but stay for the delicious Portuguese-inspired food menu. Classics like baccalao (salted cod) croquettes, snapper with asparagus and tomato and the attention-grabbing flambé chorizo will impress.

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Best bar with a tasting menu: Monopole, Potts Point

At this broody Potts Point venue, it’s as hard to make a decision about what to choose from the 500-strong wine list as it is to decide which of their exceptional charcuterie to try. When in doubt, opt for chef Brent Savage’s tasting menu which includes a selection of cold cuts plus specialties like spatchcock with mushroom and horseradish.

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The mouth-watering Mediterranean menu can be enjoyed with a post-beach glass of wine.

Best European-style bar: Coogee Wine Room, Coogee

A new addition to the beach suburb, this cosy brick-walled venue oozes a European wine bar-vibe but sandy feet are more than welcome. A wide selection of varietals by the glass mean you can just pop in for a chilled vino straight from the beach, but the compact Mediterranean menu is worth checking out – keep it light with smoked hummus with flatbread or tuck into market fish with gazpacho.

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Love Tilly Devine is one of Sydney's first small bars.

Best small bar: Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

Sydneysiders love to love Love, Tilly Devine, one of the city’s very first small bars. The menu blends European classics with hints of Japanese flavours such as miso-roasted jerusalem artichokes.

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