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South City Wine

Woolloongabba's go-to for wines from around the world, French-inspired cocktails, steak frites, escargot and freshly shucked oysters.
By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2023
By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2023

When you've opened an Italian joint with a mean negroni menu, a Chinese Peruvian bar and eatery, and a Palm Springs-inspired gin-pouring garden bar, what comes next? If you're Vincent Lombino and Jared Thibault — aka the hospitality industry figures behind The Talisman Group — then you follow it up with a European-influenced wine bar and wine shop. And you base all four spots in one location, all in Woolloongabba — giving visitors to South City Square a choose-your-own-adventure food and drink experience.

South City Wine boasts eye-catching decor designed to transport you to the other side of the world — think marble tabletops, dark timber panelling, brass finishings and oil paintings, plus a heavy use of emerald-green hues.

A selection of French dishes and wine at South City Wine in Brisbane.

Brisbanites will find that colour gleaming brightly from South City Wine's exterior, striped awning and all; yes, its shopfront does indeed look like something you'd see in Europe. The venue also boasts plenty of outdoor seating, including booths, giving it a laneway feel. The long communal indoor table, backdropped by a wall of wine, is also great for groups.

Those vinos have been co-curated by Thibault and Michael Phipps and take a global approach. Expect to sip Australian, New Zealand, French, Italian, German, Austrian, Spanish, Greek, Lebanese, American, South African and Argentinian drops from the opening wine list — 15 types of French champagne among them.

South City Wine also goes big on French-inspired cocktails, with seven varieties on offer. Standouts include the 'Serein River' with St Germain and rosewater gin, and the 'Apricot Deauville' made with cognac and apricot brandy.

Food-wise, the focus is on European bistro bites — and a hefty range of cheese and charcuterie to start, plus tins of anchovies, sardines and yellowfin tuna. Culinary highlights span lemon and vin rouge oysters, scallops crudo, escargot in garlic butter, chicken liver parfait and venison tartare among the small plates, as well as fish of the day, roasted pumpkin, and the trusty combo of steak frites among the mains.

Steak frites at South City Wine in Brisbane.

Images: Max Homer / Judit Losh.

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