Top 5 Wine Bars in the Sunshine State


Wine lovers, this one’s for you! The judging team behind Young Gun of Wine, who know their stuff when it comes to, well wine, have turned their attention to the best wine bars across the country after finishing their search for this year’s best young winemakers. Here are the top five in Queensland. Try them out yourself and pick your own favourite.

Words by Jen Schneider

Blackbird Bar & Grill – Brisbane

Situated on the Brisbane River, Blackbird Bar and Grill is a sophisticated venue that has everything needed for a great dinner out with friends or family. With plenty of tables with excellent views of the Story Bridge, attentive staff and a huge wine list, every box is ticked. The atmosphere welcomes conversation and the knowledgeable staff are no exception, willing to help with decisions if asked. There’s nothing better than great food, wine and conversation, and Blackbird is full of exactly that.

Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street
Brisbane City, QLD 4000
Tel: 07 3229 1200
Opening Hours:
Monday–Sunday: 12:00pm–3:30pm, 6:00pm-Late
Friday: 12:00pm–4:30pm, 6:00pm-Late

CRU Bar and Cellar – Fortitude Valley

When you step into CRU Bar and Cellar you are instantly taken away from the busy environment of James Street. The attentive staff will present the extensive wine menu as well as the list of shareable plates created to complement the offered beverages. The combination of the delicious snacks such as calamari, oysters or cheese platters with drinks from diverse bar options, create an atmosphere perfect for a needed drink after work or a casual and fun dinner with mates.

1/22 James Street,
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2400
Bar and Dining:
Opening Hours:
Bar and Dining: 11:00am–Late, every day
Cellar: 9:00am–7:00pm, every day

Gauge – South Brisbane

Though small in size, the reputation of Gauge is large. Designed in a modern-chic fashion, the hidden gem is complete with communal tables, adventurous cuisine and a diverse wine menu. With a choice between degustation courses for groups or individual entrees, there is something for everyone at Guage. The attentive staff and imaginative menu items make this a place you need to visit.

77 Grey Street,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Tel: 07 3638 0431
Opening Hours:
Monday–Tuesday: 7:00am–3:00pm
Wednesday–Friday: 7:00am–3:00pm, 5:00pm–10:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am–3:00pm, 5:00pm–10:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am–3:00pm

Gerard’s Bistro – Fortitude Valley

Gerard’s Bistro is the definition of a great dining experience. Styled in a trendy/modern yet relaxing way, the ambience has created the perfect environment for conversation between friends or family over a delicious glass of wine. The attentive servers are willing to help you manoeuvre through either the extensive bar menu or their presented food options. Whether you like white wine, red wine, Champagne or cocktails, there is a drink for you at Gerard’s Bistro (and food that pairs perfectly with it of course).

14/15 James Street,
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Tel: 07 3852 3822
Opening Hours:
Monday: 6:00pm–12:00am
Tuesday–Sunday: 12:00pm–3:00pm, 6:00pm–12:00am

La Lune Wine Co. – South Brisbane

Hidden in Fish Lane South Brisbane, La Lune Wine Co. is a quaint and cosy wine bar with great food and wine options. Whether you are well educated on wine or not, the staff are always open to helping you make decisions if asked. The food menu is specially designed to complement the drinks, not the other way around. With wines by the glass in addition to full bottles, the high-quality offerings are great for a casual meal with family or just a quick drink after a long day.

3/109 Melbourne Street,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Tel: 07 3255 0010
Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Thursday: 4:00pm–12:00am
Friday–Sunday: 12:00pm–12:00am

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