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Have a brie-liant time at this neighbourhood wine bar.
By Lauren Sanderson
August 17, 2017
By Lauren Sanderson
August 17, 2017

Calling all wine and cheese lovers; Ponsonby's Three Lamps has gained a delightful new wine bar. Whether it's a buttery chard or a rich red that you're after, Annabel's Wine Bar has a tipple for everybody.

The idea for Annabel's was dreamt up by childhood friends Henry Temple and Oliver Scutts in a café in Paris, before eventually being formulated on bar stools in the heart of Auckland. The wine bar has been a life-long dream for the pair who come from various backgrounds in the hospitality business. Celebrating their two favourite things — a drink and a snack — they call Annabel's "a modern day rendezvous, welcoming all walks of life."

The wine list changes from season to season, and there are plenty of international and local wines to whet your palate. I opted for Tasca, Perricone – an Italian red with plenty of flavour. The menu promised a big presence with a lively nature and that's exactly what I got.

Where there is wine, there is cheese. I couldn't think of a better combination, so when I locked eyes with the cheese by the gram section of the menu my tastebuds let out a slight scream. I tried the cheeseboard, of course. For just $25, I was served a choice of three kinds of cheese, from creamy brie to strong Ossau-iraty and a side of bread, fig jam and walnuts. This was incredible and was certainly complimented by my Italian red. If cheese isn't your thing, don't fret, as the European menu — created by Maia Atvars, sous chef at Depot — also hosts perfect drinking fare like toasted sandwiches, hand-cut taro chips, a selection of bruschetta and assorted meats for you to sink your teeth into.

Don't let the size of this slick hangout fool you, it may be small but its packed with plenty of personality. When I first stepped foot into space I felt like I had been transported back to the era of the flapper. Designed in collaboration with Kiwi architect Rufus Knight, the space that was once an old clothing store has been brought to life. Fitted with booth seating, marble and round wooden tables and antique-looking walls, the intimate space is somewhere you'll want to keep on visiting.

Every part of Annabel's screams character. Whether your wanting to have an after-work drink with a friend or romantic date with your partner, the charismatic bar caters for all. So, whatever the occasion, head to Ponsonby's new hangout. Annabel's will welcome you with open arms and lots of cheese.

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