Best Club Restaurant List

Newcastle Club

Newcastle Club

40 Newcomen St, Newcastle, NSW
(02) 4929 1224

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Underwood
WINEs ON LIST 587 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES  $$$ ($11-$22 by the glass)

A righteous victor in the Best Club Restaurant category, this list stands up against any in the country, with an incredibly well-selected collection that marries a treasure trove of local, Hunter Valley wines, with a stupendous depth of Australian fine wine producers and keenly selected imports.

Hunter semillon is a mainstay, with the best producers represented across a myriad of wines. Classic wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux are well represented, but your dining experience should start with something from the Champagne listings, with the opportunity to drink from avant-garde, récoltant manipulant (grower producers), through to the big houses and even grand marques. It feels that the list has been shaped by a fine wine lover with an eye on classics, hence Penfolds Grange and Bin 707 are found alongside great vintages of Henschke Hill Of Grace.

That being said, there’s a wonderful inclusion of emerging producers and wine styles from Australia, with pét-nats, skin-contact whites and vin de soif reds. The clever addition of younger generation and small-scale boutique wines speaks volumes for the award-winning selection found here.

mike bennie


Terrace Launceston

Country Club Avenue Prospect Vale, Tas
(03) 6335 5777

CUISINE  Modern  Australian
WINE LISTRobyn McInerney, Trent Edmunds & Ross Hannah
WINEs ON LIST 260 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $  ($22.5-$12 by the glass)

The list does great justice to the array of fine wine emerging from Tasmania, with halcyon producers set alongside those that have brought fame to the Apple Isle. It’s great to see such focus on the local wine scene, with by the glass, a neat little staff pick section, back vintage wines and emerging winemakers all celebrated and listed extensively. A feature page on Stefano Lubiana Single Block wines is a tempting highlight, though you'll be leafing through names like Holyman, Pooley, Sailor Seeks Horse and the premium sparkling wines of Tassie with equal lust and vigour. If Tasmania isn’t your quarry, there’s grower Champagne, big name wines from Torbreck, Mount Mary and Moss Wood, with a Penfolds Grange collection of substance likewise found within these pages. Bordeaux is also a feature, with well-priced grand marques and back vintages available. The dessert list is also a clincher. Decidedly, one of northern Tasmania’s best shaped lists.

The Queen’s Club

137 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9264 1171

CUISINE Modern Australian/French Inspired
WINE LIST Dion Stergiopoulos, Jeanette Dickson, Vivian Esho & Paul Ried  
WINEs ON LIST 273 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10.5-$7.5 by the glass)

A largely traditional list, with a sprinkling of left field and alternative wines. A list thoughtfully constructed so that, as they say in the classics, all bases are covered. Very well priced and there has been careful consideration given to the inclusion of mature wines.