Best Champagne List

Cru Bar & cellar

Cru Bar & Cellar

22 James St, Fortitude Valley, Qld

(07) 3252 2400

Cuisine Modern Australian
 Chris Walker
WINEs ON LIST 1,330 (111 by the glass)

For a wine lover, visiting Cru Bar + Cellar is like walking into a fantasy.  Over 1300 wines are presented, with over 100 by the glass, thanks to the help of Coravin.  The list is seemingly endless, and with each variety, Australian's best is presented alongside global examples.  There are pages of pinot noir, with Burgundy a highlight, plus a solid selection of nebbiolo and grenache.  Shiraz is, as expected, well-featured, as is cabernet and blends including Bordeaux.  There is admirable complexity in the white offering, with riesling and chardonnay the stars.  Though make the most of this list by trying one of the many quirky varietals and origins, like Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, to make the experience unique.


Black Bar & Grill

80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
(02) 9777 9109

CUISINE Steak House
WINEs ON LIST 1,000 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($288-$15 by the glass)

This detailed, extensive, thoroughly thought out and beautifully presented wine list has virtually everything one could hope for in a wine list and something for everyone.  The main list not only provides a who's who's and what's what in the world of wine, it also provides interesting information about the wines, or the producers, complete with website links if you are really keen to follow up and discover more. If you are not wanting to spend as much time perusing the wine list, one need go no further than the excellent wine by the glass list which offers a diverse and interesting range and includes a great selection of rarer wines available using the Coravin system. From icons to emerging, classic varieties to the lesser known, recent and aged examples, it is all here and if you are wondering what English sparkling wine is all about, there are even a couple of these on the list too.


Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
(02) 9251 5600

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Amanda Yallop
WINEs ON LIST 520 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($365-$10 by the glass)

Quay's exquisite wine list matches the food of chef, Peter Gilmore, and the memorable views of the Harbour. Amanda Yallop and her team contine to rate among Australia's finest practitioners and the list among the country's best. Consider the range of prices in the list by the glass, the stunning array of champagnes, the freshness that the cutting edge producers add to what is offered. Always a key part of a memorable evening at this restaurant.