Where to drink wine in Byron Bay
Byron's wine scene is elegant, exciting, and a little funky... just like the locals.
Quit whining and start wining.
We’ve given up the goon to go on a quest to find you the best of the best, and it comes in red, white, pink and sparkling! Put down the pint and raise your glass to Brisbane’s best wine bars.
Wine + cheese = love. The wines at Mr Chester are hand-picked by their in-house sommelier, and there’s always something interesting to try for those who take their wine seriously. The chic interior invites you to settle in, while the menu to pair with your selected drop includes house-made pasta, pizzas, and share plates.
Le Bon Bar translates to “the good bar,” and it CERTAINLY lives up to its name. This bar sits pretty in Woolloongabba’s iconic French eatery C’est Bon and offers guests a relaxed space for a drink or two. With a small plates menu designed for sharing, the only thing that tops off this delightfully French experience is the generous wine list focused on French varietals and large format drops, perfect for appeasing a thirsty crowd.
Relaxed and overflowing with decadent wines, this cosy suburban spot is bringing a taste of France to the south side. Café by day and wine bar by night, The Old Seven’s menu features delights like loaded duck toasties, fromage from their extensive cabinet, charcuterie and over 100 wines. Get comfy in a massive antique armchair, grab a drink and sip your night (or day) away.
Climb the unmarked stairwell and follow the corridor to discover the brightly lit, French-inspired wine bar and bistro featuring bottles displayed simply on the wall, as well as a tidy by-the-glass list. Whether you stop by for delicate French nibbles and a glass, a hearty meal over a few bottles or a late-night sip, Greenglass is the chic, versatile spot the city had been begging for.
Suburbanites rejoice: forget about catching a $20 Uber or a five-year bus to the Valley, it’s time to embrace your new local! Munch on plates of charcuterie and cheese and sip on rare and interesting wines by the glass and bottle from around Australia. You can pair your drinks with simple globally-inspired bites like halloumi fries, scallops with smoked corn, and Moreton Bay bug pappardelle.
It’s hard not to fall in love with this Fish Lane wine bar that led the charge of funky wine-focused spots for Brisbane. With a lengthy list of international wines and European-style food (including a great value set menu), La Lune is a welcome escape from busy South Brisbane. This spot gets packed for knockoffs, so we recommend opting for a long weekend lunch so you can make the most of your visit!
Another suburban delight, Honour Ave is all about great wine paired with fab snacks and small plates. Chef-owner Chris brings a wealth of wine knowledge (especially for esoteric varieties, regions and methods) so the resulting list balances old-world classics with some very funky undiscovered gems!
Who brought Melbourne to town and gave her a venue!? The ever-evolving list at Maeve has every drop you could ask for (especially focusing on classic old-world regions) alongside some classy Euro-style bites, served up either as a banquet in the restaurant side, or a la carte in the walk-in only bar space.
With more than 650 wines on their menu as well as 4,000+ bottles from around the globe in their cellars, it’s no secret that Cru is serious about wine. With more than 60 of their wines available by the glass, it would be rude not to try at least a few– paired expertly with their menu, of course, delivered by Brissie stalwart chef Richard Ousby.
Brissie wine bars, you had us at merlot!