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The best wine bars in Sydney

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

Photograph: Anna Kucera

10 William Street

10 William Street is both a restaurant and 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.

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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 can prove tricky, though we can tell you that turning up either early or later in the evening will result in some good vinous fun.

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Surry Hills

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 dopened up yet another incredible wine bar and restaurant.

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Sydney

Cittavino

The adults are definitely winning the turf war in Newtown of late. Formerly scungy pubs are getting a shiny new makeover and now there's a part wine shop, part wine bar, which means that you can sample unusual imports from Spain, Italy, France, America and South Africa, or something from Australia's best small producers.

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Newtown

DeVine

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.

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Sydney

Monopole

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 running things on the floor and in the glass.

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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.

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Darling Harbour

Timbah

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.

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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 that isn't afraid to introduce something weird and wonderful to the mix. Grab a glass of Provençale rosé, something with skin contact or settle in with a juicy Beaujolais.

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Woollahra

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