Maeve Wine Bar

The cosy yet elegant Brisbane wine bar you've been searching for.
Gary Brun
Published on June 01, 2023
Updated on August 30, 2023


Behind an assuming copper door at the heritage-listed National Bank Building in South Brisbane, you'll find a staircase leading you upstairs to the impossibly elegant, Maeve Wine Bar. It's all high ceilings and polished floorboards here, with copper finishes and hanging lights — plus, an exposed kitchen where the talented chefs prepare classic European fare such as aubergine parmigiana and dry-aged quail with plums and jus.

Opened by hospitality stalwarts and close friends — Eleanor Cappa, Maris Cook and Jesse Stevens — Maeve Wine Bar is all about a love of wine, food and hospitality. The building itself is worth the admission alone, having stood for nearly one hundred years in the classicist style. And if it was ever going to have a restaurant, it had to be chic and tasteful. Maeve Wine Bar really is the perfect addition.

A selection of dishes and glasses of white wine at Maeve Wine Bar in Brisbane.

First off, there's the exhaustive wine list. It changes often and features wines from every corner of the globe, boasting a well-curated list of everyday drops and a handful of vintage bottles — best saved for celebrations.

Match your wine with snacks such as fried zucchini blossoms, scallop crudo with mandarin, or a half chicken with cauliflower and lemon pepper, and you've got the perfect evening.

The staff here are charming and always happy to see you. It really is the epitome of a friendly neighbourhood wine bar, with a step up in class and service. Head to Maeve Wine Bar with a date, or come on your own and grab a glass of chilled Spanish grenache at the bar — watching the chefs work their magic while reading a good book. Wine bars like this don't need to be enjoyed with others. Sometimes, you just want to take it all in without distractions.

a plate of pasta at Maeve Wine Bar in Brisbane


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