Quit whining and start wining – G&G style. We’ve given up the goon to go on a quest to find you the best of the best, and it comes in red, white, pink and sparkling. Put down the pint and raise your glass to Brisbane’s best wine bars.
La Lune | South Brisbane
It’s hard not to fall in love with this hidden Fish Lane wine bar, especially with a name that translates to ‘The Moon.’ With a lengthy list of international wines, expertly paired with a list of European-style food offerings, La Lune is a welcome escape from busy South Brisbane. Each week brings a different wine of the week, and a different region for their wine club. Sign up for the opportunity to try exclusive wines!
Valley Wine Bar | Fortitude Valley
With a focus on natural wines, this joint is a welcome reprieve from the clubs and pubs of the Valley. The Valley Wine Bar boasts an extensive selection of Australian and imported products, including Queensland producers La Petite Mort. You’ll forget you’re in Brisbane as you enjoy a glass or two and graze on charcuterie, cheese pate and jerky. Rosé yes way!
Mr Chester | Fortitude Valley
The new kid on the block, Mr Chester is proving to be a very popular fellow. The wines are hand-picked by their in-house sommelier, with selections including big Mendoza reds, delicate Tassie sparkling and Adelaide Hill whites. Get over your Monday blues with test kitchen nights, and savour something new over pizza and pasta with friends.
1889 Enoteca | CBD
Born from the owners trip to Italy, the wines from 1889 Enoteca are bright and funky, and tell a complex and rich story. With a strong focus on natural wines as well as other rare producers, the bar want you to love their wines as much as they do. With regular wine tastings and dinner (check out the wine cellar!), 1889 Enoteca caters for wine fanatics and novices alike – they even supply Italian wines to some of Brisbane’s top restaurants including Aria. The wine list changes monthly, so you’ve got more than enough excuses to be a repeat offender.
Cru Bar + Cellar | New Farm
With more than 650 wines on their menu, as well as 4,000+ bottles from around the globe in their cellars, it’s no secret that Cru is serious about wine. With more than 60 of their wines available by the glass, it would be rude not to try at least a few – paired expertly with their menu of course.
Baedeker | Fortitude Valley
Like wine itself, the heritage-listed building Baedeker is housed in just keeps getting better with age. The team from Grape Therapy not only has a stellar wine list, but also offers you the added bonus of selling every bottle on offer from their joint retail room. This will seem like a brilliant idea after a few glasses, admittedly we can’t guarantee the next day….
Greenglass | CBD
Located between a topless bar and a discount chemist you’ll find the classy city oasis Greenglass. Climb the unmarked stairwell and follow the corridor into the brightly lit, French-bistro inspired wine bar and cafe, featuring 110 bottles on display and even more in their extensive cellar. With a focus on affordable, boutique wine sourced from Spokenwine and a fresh, seasonal menu you’ll have no problem finding a match for the evening – no tinder required.
You had us at merlot!
Words by Emma Callaghan