Nowadays, a sign of a good wine bar goes beyond what they have written on their wine list. A great venue will surround you with elegant aesthetics, serve you with quality bar food and calm you with peaceful tunes.
If you can’t seem to find one that ticks all these boxes, look no further because here are 5 brilliant wine bars in Brisbane!
The Silver Fox Wine Bar
2 Edward St, Brisbane City
The Silver Fox is a cosy wine bar with leather lounges and low lighting that creates an intimate atmosphere. They feature a world-class wine selection and charcuterie. They also have no shortage of gin and whiskey supplies and other goodies to make your favorite cocktails. To go with your drinks they offer a range of cheeses, olives and dips.
You will find it difficult to get up from their chesterfields and comfy armchairs. Their playlist is mix of chilled lounge, jazz and old school vibes.
The Silver Fox also hosts masterclasses and wine tasting events monthly and the details of these can be found on their website.
The Florist Kitchen
32 Turbot St, Brisbane City
If you’re into more vibrant atmospheres, then you might want to check out the Florist Kitchen. It has an elegant floral décor that is complemented with soothing live acoustic music that resonates throughout the venue.
This light-hearted and naturally tranquil environment offers a range of cold and crisp craft beers on tap. They also have a wine list that captures the quality and ambiance of the space. Their menu uses as much local produce as possible and is especially designed to be ‘homely and tasty’. There is also a street food section on their menu, which features chicken & vegetables skewers and an open steak sandwich.
The Florist Kitchen has flexible catering options that are available for surroundings businesses and personally tailored experience for functions over the weekends.
The Cru Bar & Cellar
1/22 James St, Fortitude Valley
Feel the cool breeze while you swirl wines from around the globe at this stylish yet casual venue. The Cru Bar & Cellar is located in the James Street precinct – an iconic food and wine trail in Brisbane. It features over-sized bay windows and lounge chairs, making it difficult not to sink into a relaxed state.
This premiere wine bar boasts over 650 wines and the cellar features more than 4000 bottles from all around the world. The Cru also carries an ever-changing selection of beers and spirits. Their menu offers simple but delicious dishes like the fillet mignon topped with paris butter served with wild mushroom flan, curd and roasted beetroots. You can also try their lemon thyme pork fillet with parsnip puree, poached quince and baby peas.
But make sure you don’t fall asleep on one of the lounge chairs – you might miss out on a serving of tiramisu with vanilla bean anglaise & hazelnut praline.
Moo Moo The Wine Bar & Grill
Port Office Building, Stamford Plaza, 39 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD
Moo Moo The Wine Bar & Grill is a favorite among residents in Brisbane. The venue features a chic design, out-door seating and an award-winning wine list of over 850 wines. They select wines that highlight the features and expressions of the region it comes from. It also has a stunning cocktail list of over 50 tributes to mixology.
But, again, it takes more than just an extensive wine list to qualify as a good wine bar. They also celebrate fresh seasonal flavours from family farms and artisanal producers. Their specialty beef is handpicked, utilizing produce that comes from the best breeders in Australia. They include dry aged, grass fed beef, grain fed beef and organic beef. The bar menu features the Jacks Creek Wagyu Minute Steak with minted peas, truffle pecorino, cider jus.
This venue is located near Eagle Street Pier and the Botanical Gardens and part of the Stamford Plaza Brisbane Hotel.
Grape Therapy Wine Merchants and Drinking Den
471 Adelaide St, Brisbane City
This bar will lead you from the modern world and into a more elegant era. The venue has what they describe as a ‘Rat Pack’ feel – with old leather chesterfields and an unparalleled selection of cellared wines and whiskeys. At this classic basement bar, you and your friends can feel like celebrities from the 1960’s having a drink.
Hidden away down a small flight of stairs, this intimate city wine bar has a wine list that is completely unique to Brisbane. They focus on cellared wines and boutique producers, reflecting the best of what Australia as to offer. They also have a daily changing list – so a rare gem of a bottle might be here one day and then gone the next.
Yes, Grape Therapy is elegant – but it’s not pretentious. Experience their interpretation of what makes a good wine bar.
By Aldwin Matawaran