The Oak Barrel has been in business since 1956, and once you check out the ridiculous collection of gear it's easy to see why. Almost all of it is available over the web, and they offer same-day shipping to the Sydney metro area if you order before 10am, so stock up on your minimal-intervention wines, craft beers, sake and rare whisky, and have it ready to drink by the end of the work day.
Stepping into a bottle shop can be dangerous. You drop in for a quick six pack, but end up leaving with a ten-buck bottle of wine from the bargain bin, a couple of mini Campari bottles displayed on the counter and a bag of salt-and-vinegar chips because why the hell not? Or maybe all you're looking for is an aromatic white to go with dinner at your favourite BYO restaurant, and suddenly you're at the till with something shmancy the staff have sweet-talked you into buying for three times more than you wanted to spend. We get it. We've been there.
Thankfully, there are the bottle shops out there that let you browse their excellent wares from behind the safety of a screen, so you can keep the cellar stocked with just a couple of clicks or have the essentials at the front door for when the going gets rough.
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