Best Aperitif List

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

11/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW
(02) 8072 7037

banksii.sydney

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Rebecca Lines
WINEs ON LIST 185 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($29-$10 by the glass)

At Banskii, vermouth is the thing. From day one, Rebecca Lines fearlessly dove in and made a commitment to wine infused with botanicals and wormwood, setting forth an exotic and colourful selection for her patrons to explore. This is a superb concept, and refreshing; one that had, until recently, been languishing for decades and more particularly when it came to enjoying the complexities of these artisanal drinks over a little ice, with citrus, soda or tonic.

And it’s not just a handful of examples: Banksii has invested in a who’s-who of the theme, from the best of our domestic producers like Regal Rogue, Causes & Cures and Margan, to the Italian types; Cocchi and Chinato Vergano; and curiosities like Lustau Vermut and Cillar de Silos from Spain. The exploration of all things aperitif goes one step beyond, to include the delicious and tangy bitter drinks that also work their wonders: from staples like Campari and Aperol, to the boutique delights of Italian Bitter Orange from the Adelaide Hills, and Maidenii La Tonique from Central Victoria. All of these curative tipples will transport you back in time, to an era of sophistication and taste.

SOPHIE OTTON

Finalists

Sokyo

The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9657 9161

star.com.au/sydney/eat-and-drink/

CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Alfio Cannavo
WINEs ON LIST 450 (29 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($295-$15 by the glass)

Any list which kicks off proceedings with a fine array of quality Sherry is off to a great start in my book. Shows they are not afraid to source and present the best from anywhere. Anyone interested in top-notch sake will also be very pleased. Impressive collection by the glass and some cracking Champagnes. Riesling and pinot are two more highlights.  

Masani

313 Drummond St, Carlton, Vic
(03) 9347 5610

masani.com.au

CUISINE Regional Italian
WINE LIST Kara Maisano
WINEs ON LIST 607 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$12 by the glass)

An exceptional wine list which offers diners a finely tuned selection of local and international labels. It is a carefully managed, ever-changing list that seems to satisfy every requirement: there is an excellent selection of Italian wines, in line with the restaurant’s theme; local Victorian wines are supported, though so are interstate wines; the diversity in variety and region is outstanding; the pricing is fair; there is something for everyone’s budget, and contemporary producers sit comfortably alongside the classics. Sommelier Kara Maisano makes it look easy, however, no doubt there have been countless hours of tasting and research behind every listing.