A cold glass of cider has the potential to stem a force five hangover, but in the depths of Sydney's (admittedly short) winter, a hot drink makes a night on the town a welcoming prospect, especially if it means nursing a glass of red; sweetened with orange juice, spiked with sweet baking spices, and warmed up so that you don't need mittens. In fact, winter drinking is some of Sydney's best, so head out for a hot drink that will provide a bigger kick than your standard cuppa.
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Where to drink mulled wine on a cold Sydney night
There are few nights we don't want to spend propping up the bar at this cracking neighbourhood haunt in Redfern. The smell of their Gunthers Gluhwein, made with cab merlot, cinnamon and cloves, perfumes the air, and for $10 a cup it's the perfect foil for a wintry night.
Leichhardt's little neighbourhood bar is keeping things toasty with a $9 mulled wine that they makefrom a house-made syrup, seasonal fruits and pepperberry for a native twist.
Warming up before a gig at The Enmore? The Duke’s got your back. The bar team here heats up a no-nonsense blend livened with cinnamon, ginger, star anise, cardamom pods, cloves, orange and demerara sugar. It's a steal at only $8. Pro-tip: snag a spot by the fireplace if you want to stay extra-toasty.
Being equi-distant between two major unis means this beloved corner boozer has a lot of fans, and the recent refresh hasn't hurt their appeal. Warm up after a long day hitting the books with a $9 glass of mulled wine, that gets an extra wintery kick from a lug of brandy, plus sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
The Winery is always packed. It doesn’t matter if it’s a school night, Sunday afternoon or just gone 5pm, people cannot get enough of the Crown Street drinking hole. And that goes for winter too, when your wine times come hot and spicy with a $13 glass of mulled wine made with Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel shiraz (it's a wine finished in whisky barrels).
This Neutral Bay favourite has amped up their popular recipe by adding a heap of vanilla pods to the mix and giving it some extra mileage with a few healthy glugs of pisco. For those planning to settle in for a session, there’s a bottomless option available Sunday through Thursday.
The venue formerly known as the Aussie Youth Hotel has undergone a deep clean, a reboot, and is sporting a new name that will ensure fewer people confuse it with a backpackers. They're also serving a classic mulled wine for $9 a glass, spiced with cinnamon sticks, star anise, and sweetened with orange juice.
$8.50 is all this cosy neighbourhood standby in Chippo is asking for a mug of the good stuff, and they're tight-lipped about the "secret French recipe." Gather the squad, make a night of it and order a few rounds to go with a whole slow-roasted lamb shoulder.
This inner-city wine bar has your cold weather concoctions on lock, with mulled wine for $10 a glass. They've been heating up courtyard drinking in the CBD with the same recipe for the last eight years – it uses 12 ingredients, and one of them is Nutella.