Love wine? We do too. That’s why we’ve scouted out nine of the best places to go for an afternoon tipple in Brisbane. Whether you’re Sauv savvy or more interested in merlot, there is definitely something for you in this list.
Mr Chester Wine Bar
If you need irrefutable proof that Brisbane is keeping up with the big guns in Sydney and Melbourne, Mr Chester Wine Bar is it. There’s wine, there’s pasta, there’s cheese (did we mention there’s wine?). The bar is open late and the best part is the kitchen is open late too. Ask the staff for their recommendations because they really know their stuff! And just to top it off, they are also a wine shop for takeaways if you’re just not feeling like coming out for a drink.
Mr Chester Wine Bar is open Tuesday–Sunday from 4pm–late. Saturday lunch from 12pm.
The Local Larder & Wine Bar
Tucked away in the heart of Ashgrove sits this this local gem. The Local Larder & Wine Bar is humbly presented from street view but proudly boasts a wine list of over 300 wines including about 40 by the glass. With wines from all over the world (literally, even from Slovenia), you’re guaranteed to find one that will satisfy your taste buds. Pair a glass of your favourite wine with a cheese and charcuterie board or even some stuffed pumpkin flowers or pork rillettes. And just to top it off, the Larder offers wine masterclasses every second Wednesday and free sommelier led wine tastings in their new Wine Shop between 4–6pm every Saturday. I mean, seriously, could it get any more enticing?
The Local Larder & Wine Bar is open Wednesday–Sunday from 3pm–late.
Ever waited in the long line to get into Happy Boy? Yeah, we have as well. So, while you’re waiting to get into the crew’s incredible dining space, why not pop over to Snack Man? The wine bar stands out on its own with its minimalist menu and is a great place for after work bevs. Take a look at the projected screen above the bar to see the selection of international drops and then pair your choice of drink with some delicious food on offer, while you’re at it. Snack Man offers a range of dumplings, buns, sticks and even desserts with vegetarian and gluten free options available.
Snack Man is open Tuesday–Sunday from 4pm–midnight.
The Valley Wine Bar
Here, you can buy your wine and drink it too. Located on the ground floor of the FV Peppers building, The Valley Wine Bar, inspired by Parisian caves a mangers, is lined from floor to ceiling with sophisticated share platters and charcuterie boards to pair with their fantastic selection of wines. Serving over 400 wines by the bottle and about 20 rotating wines by the glass, The Valley Wine Bar is certainly a must-do for anyone who loves their wine.
The Valley Wine Bar is open Tuesday 3–9pm, Wednesday–Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 3pm–9pm.
Silver Fox Wine Bar
Located opposite the City Botanic Gardens you will find The Silver Fox – a cosy wine bar with an extensive wine list boasting an array of flavours. And don’t worry – their wine list is frequently updated, so there will always be something new for you to try. With a large selection of wines by the glass and by the bottle, you’re guaranteed to find something you love. Plus, The Silver Fox is perfectly situated near the Brisbane River, so you can take a walk along the water following your visit and reflect on the wonderful experience that was the Silver Fox Wine Bar.
The Silver Fox Wine Bar is open Tuesday–Saturday from 4pm–midnight.
Carl’s Wine Bar and Bistro
Newstead glamour at its finest, Carl’s is a hole-in-the wall bar and bistro lead by leading Brisbane sommeliers and wine makers. It’s an inner-city gem and is the brainchild of Gerler Wines. If you want our advice, try the Queensland tempranillo – it’s a team favourite. Carl’s is also a café by day, so you can head down for sips from sunrise to sunset. While you’re at it, take a look at their menu – we guarantee it’ll make you drool. And just to top it off, they offer bottomless puppy treats from 4pm Wednesday–Sunday.
Carl’s is open Wednesday–Sunday from 3pm–late. Sunday brunch is from 8am.
La Lune Wine Co
A South Brisbane favourite, La Lune Wine Co offers a wide range of carefully selected wines – perfect for an afternoon sundowner or a weekend night out. With options on their wine list that cater to those seeking a more subtle or adventurous flavour, La Lune Wine Co’s wine selection from around the world will definitely tick the boxes. Not only will their wine list blow you away, but so will their perfectly presented dishes. Still not convinced? Swing by and try for yourself! If you’re having trouble finding them, the bar is located at 109 Melbourne Street but the entrance is on Fish Lane, around the back of the building.
La Lune Wine Co is open Tuesday–Thursday from 4–11pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm–12am and Sunday 12pm–11pm.
ARC Dining and Wine Bar
A hallmark of the Howard Smiths Wharves boulevard, ARC Dining is the perfect place for celebratory drinking. ARC’s immaculate design fits into the precinct alongside Mr Percival’s, La Fantauzzo and Greca – the perfect place to bar hop and enjoy the scenic Story Bridge view. This wine bar has more than double the amount of wines on its line-up than it has seats – which it has 240 of, by the way. Their wine list was curated by sommelier Ian Trinkle and focuses on natural, biodynamic wine. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious glass of wine paired with a flavoursome meal – we guarantee you will not be disappointed.
ARC Dining and Wine Bar is open Wednesday–Sunday 12-3pm and 6-10pm.
A private garden in the heart of the valley is hard to find, but Baedeker made it happen. Their intimate wine bar offers small plates that perfectly compliment the extensive list of vintage Australian wines and international offerings. And if your drinking buddy is more of a whisky fan, they’ve got a solid line up of spirits too. Just to top it off, you can even make a booking for a private dining experience or an intimate wine or whisky tasting night in the Cellar – hidden away behind a rotating bookcase. How niche is that?
Baedeker Bar is open Thursday 4pm–late, Friday 12pm–late and Saturday 2pm-late.