The teams behind these incredible bottle shops make you truly believe in the power of positive drinking. These are the best bottle shops in Sydney.
Here are our picks.
Luke Hopewell is a Sydney expert. From the newest cafes to the coolest bottle shops, he’s always on the lookout for a new haunt (preferably with a view).
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Best bottle shops in Sydney CBD
1 Palings Lane, Sydney, 2000
Tucked away near The Ivy on Palings Lane is The Bottle Shop. Justin Hemmes’ and Merivale’s take on the off-licence is as chic and well-stocked as you’d expect.
With handpicked wines from Merivale Master Sommelier, Franck Moreau, you’d be hard pressed to find a bad drop here.
152 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, 2000
Celebraing 65 years of great beer, wine and spirits, The Oak Barrel is one of the Sydney CBD’s oldest spots to grab your drop.
This fiercely independent store loves an off-beat whiskey, wine or craft beer, and can always be trusted to deliver the goods
168 Kent St, Sydney, 2000
Established in 1996, Kent St Cellars is an independent by locals, for locals operation.
With a great range of craft beer and specialty wine, Kent St Cellars is a boutique operation scaled up for the big city to help take the hassle out of finding the right drink.
300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, 2000
Barangaroo mightn’t have much of a soul, but what it does have lives at Bel & Brio.
The restaurant-cum-grocer-cum-cellar is the bottle shop for Sydney’s trendy new neighbourhood, stocking a range of top quality wines. Pop in here to grab a bottle of wine before your next Barangaroo dinner and you won’t be disappointed.
Best bottle shops in Northern Beaches
Shop 9, 2-14 Pittwater Road, Manly, 2095
Natural wines, craft beers and bespoke spirits. Winona is a bottle shop where every wine on the minimalist wooden shelves has a story.
With a strong focus on preservative-free beverages, Winona is the brainchild of self-professed “cork dorks” Elli and Cam Walsh and the co-owner of Chica Bonita, Luke Miller.
Together, the trio have developed a shrine to beautiful booze you can take home and call your own
1109 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, 2108
This out of the way bottle shop and small box grocer has more than its fair share of treasured finds.
It’s hard to find a bad wine in the Palm Beach Wine Co, as each bottle has been carefully curated as part of the wider collection.
And with an incredible vintage and rare wine selection to boot, the Palm Beach Wine Co certainly caters to its neighbourhood.
29 Moore Road, Freshwater, 2096
If you’re popping into the newly-renovated and truly gorgeous Harbord Hotel, make sure you grab one for the road at the attached bottle shop.
With a range of curious reds and craft beers, it’s a great yet understated bottle-o to source a bottle of what you fell in love with during your latest Sunday session.
1860 Pittwater Road, Church Point, 2105
Attached to a cafe and grocer, you’d never thing that Church Point Cellars was even there on first (and maybe even second) glance. But tucked away behind the register is a small collection of summery wine and craft beer.
Looking less like a bottle shop and more like the wine cellar inside a rich person’s mansion, the Church Point Cellars can hook you up with interesting international varietals or your favourite craft beers.
Best bottle shops in Eastern Suburbs
77 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay, 2011
The best thing about Bayswater Fine Wines is the service. With a fantastic team dedicated to finding what you’re after, you’ll never leave here wanting.
And with a dedicated tasting space known as the Fine Wine Room, members and guests alike can sample the goods at regular events. It’s all about serving the community here!
19-23 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach
If you walk past Native Drops and think its a skincare supplier, you’re not alone. Native Drops still might be just as good for you as the nearby Aesop, however.
It’s primary focus is on natural wines with fewer preservatives than your average bottle of wine, beer or liquor. Located back from the beach in Bondi, it’s the perfect place for a BYO-er to drop in before dinner.
233 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, 2010
Sure, it’s a chain, but what makes Camperdown Cellars (actually located in Darlinghurst) better than your average is the staff’s incredible knowledge.
A great range in a great food district means you’re well on your way to finding your new favourite drink.
Best bottle shops in Inner West
300 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, 2204
If you’re passionate about your beer, you’re one of the Bucket Boys.
Founded by your new best mates, Jonathan and Clint, they have a massive selection of Australian and international craft beer in store.
And we really mean massive: at any one time, the Bottle Boys have at least 10,000 beers in store at any one time, all of it fresh and ready to go.
12 The Strand, Croydon, 2132
It’s a little hole in the wall, sure, but Strand has an excellent collection of off-beat wines and craft beers that delight the local palate.
With staff that are always ready to help you find what you’re after, this little gem is on the fast-track to being a local fave.
29 O’Riordan St, Alexandria, 2015
Liquor Emporium has a few outlets around Sydney, but the Alexandria location is set to become your new favourite.
Not only is it a great spot to find a huge range of your old favourites, but it’s attached to the best wholesale butcher in the city. Trust me.
55 Enmore Road, Newtown, 2042
This deco delight is a pleasing hybrid. A cross between an inner-city wine bar and a premium bottle shop, Cittavino is backed by two decades of top sommelier experience.
With staff that have curated the best experiences at Sydney’s most premium restaurants, you’ll always learn something and leave satisfied after a visit to Cittavino’s long table.
Best bottle shops online
Jimmy Brings is the original, and in my opinion, the best drink delivery service in Sydney.
Servicing most areas, Jimmy Brings arrive when they say they will with frosty cold drinks in tow. I’ve been saved more than a few times by Mr Brings when the well ran dry ahead of schedule on a Sunday session, and you can too.
While the menu is small, you’re using Jimmy for the convenience over the range.
Best bottle shops in Sydney – FAQs
What makes a good bottle shop?
The best kind of bottle shop is one that makes you not only feel welcome, but well catered for.
A bottle shop can have the world’s greatest range at decent prices, but without the right staff to help you find what you’re looking for, it might as well be a vending machine.
Staff in a premium bottle shop should bring with them a wealth of wine knowledge from years in the industry. You’ll know if they’re bringing it to bear on your wine purchasing experience almost immediately.
That’s what we’ve taken into account with this list. Each bottle shop on this list has a great range and even better staff to help you find what you’re looking for.
What is craft beer?
Craft beer is defined as a beer that has a lower yield than your typical brewery. Think less than 6 million barrels a year and you’re there.
Craft beer typically lends itself to those looking for a newer experience than the beers produced by higher-yield breweries.
Bottles and cans often have interesting designs and even better stories behind them.
How can you pick a good bottle of wine by yourself?
Describing what you’re after to a great team is an easy way to back a winner.
But if you’d rather go it alone, you have the benefit of technology on your side.
If you’re a wine lover, download an app like Vivino onto your smartphone. If you love beer, check out the Untappd community. Both these communities serve as online bibles to beverages and you’ll never go into the aisles alone.
Where are the best bottle shops in Sydney?
The best bottle shops in Sydney have a great range; great staff, and picks you won’t find anywhere else. That’s why we’ve put together this list!
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