Best Aperitif List

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

11/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW
(02) 8072 7307
banksii.sydney

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Rebecca Lines
WINEs ON LIST 165 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($32-$10 by the glass)

As a vermouth bar, it’s perhaps natural that Banksii’s aperitif list is such a highlight. But it is the detail of the vermouth collection here that impresses, the focus on grape and region unheard of in Australia, even in venues with strong aperitif selections.

ANDREW GRAHAM

Finalists

BLACK Bar & Grill

80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, NSW
(02) 9657 9109
star.com.au/sydney/eat-and-drink

CUISINE Modern Australian Grill Room
WINE LIST Addy Lam
WINEs ON LIST 1200 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($380-$12 by the glass)

Fancy a glass of Cheval Blanc or Grange? You can. How about sipping some of the world's most exquisite sherries? Sure thing. Or how about unearthing local gems from 'proximate' New South Wales wine regions? That's covered. Or perhaps you're after some of the greatest Burgundy, grower Champagne, multiple options of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay or an obscure wine from Jura or Georgia? It's all here. This is an exceptional list that shows diversity, personality and a distinct flair for showcasing everything from blue chip, fine wine offerings through to the most avant garde producers available in Australia. There's plenty of education in maps and listings with top line messages, as there are thunderous verticals of some of Australia's most sought after wines. Sommelier Addy Lam and team are on hand to eke out your desire and deliver a raft of drinking experiences. It's thrilling to see such lists so chock full of exciting wines and drinks, awaiting exploration.

Spice Temple

10 Bligh St, Sydney
(02) 8099 7088
spicetemple.com.au

CUISINE Chinese
WINE LIST Justin Crawford
WINEs ON LIST 100 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($75-$11 by the glass)

Spice Temple, where "every wine fights for its place," is a masterclass in the selection and presentation of a small wine list of just 100 wines. The adherence to grape varieties and styles from around the world that shine with Asian flavours reveals a close eye to detail, with a mix of small, edgy producers and alternative grape varieties sitting shoulder to shoulder with the odd classic. The cocktail section – including non-alcoholic and dessert styles – is a winner.