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Wine cellar at Native Drops Bondi
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The best Sydney bottle shops offering home delivery

Is there anything better than booze brought straight to your doorstep?

By Matty Hirsch

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. 

Need some nibbles to go with it? Head to one of the best delis in Sydney.

Prefer to do your drinking in a bar? Here's our list of Sydney's best wine bars.

Sydney's best bottle shops that deliver

A bottleshop lines with wine shelves
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Oak Barrel

Shopping Sydney

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.

Generic red wine pouring
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Annandale Cellars

Shopping Annandale

Organic, biodynamic and preservative-free wines from home and abroad are only the beginning at this long-standing suburban favourite, which houses more than 3,500 different products, including some pretty hard-to-get-your-hands-on stuff. Veno, their online store, is where you'll find it all. Just try to hold back on the wicked stockpile of grower Champagne. 


Kent Street Cellars

Bars Millers Point

Wines on this classy CBD bottle-o's website are arranged in categories from 'Under $15' to 'Iconic', which should give you a pretty good idea of the extensive range on offer. There's plenty of beer and spirits available, too, as well as elegant glassware, gourmet snacks and even jigsaw puzzles and scented candles. Get carried away, and don't worry about getting stung on shipping – there's free delivery on all orders of $100 or more.

Large cocktail jug at P & V Wine and Liqour
Photograph: Robert Polmear

P&V Wine and Liquor

Shopping Bottle shops Newtown

Sydney's first bricks-and-mortar shop devoted exclusively to natural wine spruiks a scrupulously curated collection of unfined, unfiltered and low or no sulphur juice from all over the world, as well as Aussie craft beers, small-batch spirits, sake, liqueurs and digestifs. You can also score monthly subscriptions or leave the deicision-making to them and order a mystery half-dozen on the website. Order up – you'll save 10 per cent on six or more bottles, and orders over $150 get free shipping.


Beer Cartel

Bars Artarmon

This North Shore stalwart doubles as Australia's #1 online craft beer store. Hardcore beer nerds can sign up for a subscription or scroll through the thousand-strong (!) stash of lagers, ales, rich stouts, chocolatey porters, fruity sours, IPAs, NEIPAs and a whole lot more. You'll find lots from local legends, as well as brews from the likes of Belgium, the Czech Republic and even Jamaica and Vietnam. All orders are shipped within one business day.

Exterior building at The George Hotel
Photograph: Katje Ford

The George

Bars Pubs Waterloo

The George is the Waterloo HQ for DRNKS, one of the country's first online natural wine purveyors. Technically the site came before the shop, but the bottom line is there are more than 400 labels to choose from, orders for more than $99 get free shipping and you save 10 per cent if you order six bottles. So, start with a fun, fizzy pet-nat before working your way through some cloudy orange wines and finish on a couple of classy chilled reds.


Camperdown Cellars

Shopping Camperdown

With eight locations across the city, Camperdown Cellars is one of the most consistent and dependable booze emporiums in town. In-store, all the bases are covered in every category, staff are both knowledgeable and helpful, and everything's well organised and neatly displayed. The website is much the same, with clear imagery and detailed tasting notes. They’ll drop it off on-time, cold and free of charge if you spend more than $150.

Generic wine bottles
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Petersham Liquormart

Shopping Petersham

In order to be a good bottle shop these days, you've got to tick all the boxes. Petersham Liquormart's website does that and then some, with a knockout selection of goods you can't find anywhere else – think Portuguese and Brazilian beers, obscure Serbian and Macedonian spirits, ouzo, schnapps, aquavit, Port and imported soft drinks, as well as a serious backlog of vintage wines.

A timber shelf of wine bottles
Photograph: ELT

Amato's Liquor Mart

Bars Leichhardt

In addition to being a terrific bottle-o that specialises in Italian wine (but isn't afraid to borrow liberally from all over Europe as well as South America, the USA and even Lebanon), Amato's is a phenomenal food shop. Luckily for you, the artisanal pastas, tinned tomatoes, preserved anchovies, imported biscuits, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and all the rest of it are available on the web.

The front entrance of Five Way Cellars
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Five Way Cellars

Shopping Paddington

One of Sydney's all-time great independent wine shops, Five Way Cellars is where you head when you're after something special and require the assistance of people who know their stuff. The shelves are stocked with quality goods from some of the world's most esteemed producers at every price point. Their website is very easy to navigate and offers incredibly extensive tasting notes, and you'll save 10 per cent if your order 12 bottles or more.

Bottles on shelf inside store at The Drink Hive
Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan

The Drink Hive

Shopping Bottle shops Rosebery

Don't be fooled by size of the Drink Hive. Everything's especially well chosen here, with an emphasis on small producers across Australia and the rest of the world farming with integrity and making wines with few or no additions. There's a solid range of boutique spirits available, too, so why not add some hemp gin to your online order in addition to a couple of bottles of hazy sem-sauv?

World of Whisky

Shopping Double Bay

Nerd alert! If you're a whisky obsessive, stop reading this and head to World of Whisky's website straight away. These folks have more than 900 different expressions from all the Scottish regions, plus a whole heap from Ireland, Australia, Japan and even India, Israel and Taiwan. Most are single malts, but you'll find blends, too, as well as bourbon and rye. Look closely for several brands not currently available elsewhere in Australia and know that shipping is free if you spend more than $300.

Anna Kucera


Bars Newtown

This family-owned wine bar and bottle-o on Enmore Road lets you do a lot of the choosing. Opt for a trio of wines ($99) or one of two separate six packs ($129-$179). Browse the online store or give the team a call and they'll be happy to discuss your preferences over the phone and build a box based on your taste and budget. Bonus points for contact-free delivery.  

The Bottle Shop

Bars Sydney

Merivale's cute and compact bottle shop in the bustling Ivy complex is a reliable place to pick up a nice bottle after work. Their online selection is substantially more limited, but you'll hit the jackpot if you're a bulk buyer. The website features so-called 'Somm-selected Wine Packs', which are pulled together by Merivale's band of wine experts (including two Master Sommeliers). Expect packs of three to 12 bottles, anywhere between $60 and $285, or sign up for a subscription.

Owners at Native Drops Bondi
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Native Drops

Shopping Bottle shops Bondi Beach

Native Drops brought the natural wine phenomenon down to the shores of Bondi and the locals are all the better off for it. The website offers six-packs of carefully chosen wine from cult Aussie heroes like Gentle Folk, Sassafras, Meadowbank and Ravensworth, but if you give them a call, they'll be happy to talk through more bottles and send you a few.

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