Nick Stock and Mike Bennie know a bit about wine, as both critics and show judges.
Twelve years ago, the duo started Young Gun of Wine to celebrate the emerging talent in the Australian wine industry.
But of course what’s in the bottle is of no use if you don’t have a glass to put it in, so this year, Stock and Bennie created Wineslinger, setting out to find the best venues in Australia to go for a fun wine experience.
That’s a pretty big ask – like trying to polish off a Jeroboam bottle (3 litres) of wine on your own, so the duo turned to 100 of Australia’s leading sommeliers and winemakers for their advice on where they thought were the best places to either pull a cork or twist the screw cap to find a top 50.
More than 300 venues nationally received votes from the panel. The Top 50 ranges from pubs to bars and restaurants.
Stock says that what ties them together is an environment where wine enjoyment is the hero.
“Australia offers one hell of a good time for wine lovers and there’s a high bar of quality in a national sense, married with a strong sense of identity and place wherever you go. That makes this list one very handy reference for both locals and visitors right across the country,” he said.
Asked to pick a top spot, the panel came up with Melbourne’s City Wine Room as the go to place. The public also had a chance to vote and gave their choice to Harvest Newrybar, in the hills above Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast.
Here are the top 50 places the panel chose for a great experience:
New South Wales
10 William St, Paddington
Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney
Bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay
Dear Sainte Éloise, Points Point
Fix Wine Bar, Sydney
Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point
Harvest Newrybar, Newrybar
Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst
Monopole Restaurant & Bar, Potts Point
Restaurant Hubert, Sydney
The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills
Bar Liberty, Fitzroy
Bellota, South Melbourne
Carlton Wine Room, Carlton
City Wine Shop, Melbourne
France Soir, South Yarra
Gerald’s Bar, North Carlton
Gertrude Enoteca, Fitzroy
Kirk’s Wine Bar, Melbourne
Neighbourhood Wine, Brunswick
The Alps, Prahran
Bar Torino, Adelaide
Clever Little Tailor, Adelaide
East End Cellars, Adelaide
Hellbound Wine Bar, Adelaide
La Buvette, Adelaide
Mother Vine, Adelaide
The Summertown Aristologist, Summertown
Bille H, Claremont
Budburst Small Bar, Mount Hawthorn
Il Lido, Cottesloe
Lalla Rookh, Perth
Petition Wine Bar & Merchant, Perth
Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River
BlackBird Bar & Grill, Brisbane
Cru Bar and Cellar, Fortitude Valley
Gauge, South Brisbane
Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley
La Lune Wine Co, South Brisbane
Ettie’s Bar & Bottleshop, Hobart
Institut Polaire, Hobart
Willing Bros. Wine Merchants, North Hobart
Bar Rochford, Canberra
Stone House, Darwin
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