Ardo's Second Neighbourhood Wine Haven Is Now Pouring in Graceville — and a Hawthorne Bar Is Next

The City Winery team's new vino empire just keeps expanding, with a third venue in Brisbane's inner east also on the way.
Sarah Ward
Published on June 05, 2023

In the not-so-distant future, every wine lover in Brisbane might be able to call Ardo's their local. The neighbourhood bar and bottle shop first opened in Carl's Bar and Bistro's old Newstead digs earlier in 2023, giving the River City's inner north a new vino haven. Now, the chain is also pouring in Graceville, launching in Brissie's west mere months later. That isn't the end of Ardo's plans, either. Next stop: Hawthorne.

For the moment, the just-launched Graceville outpost doubles the brand's footprint — and gives the City Winery crew, which is behind all things Ardo's, yet another venue. You'll find it on Honour Avenue, sticking with the same concept on the other side of town. Accordingly, wine fans in Brisbane's west now have easy access to plonk-slinging chain's curated range of vino, including over pintxos, cheese and charcuterie.

"We couldn't be more excited to continue to bring Ardo's to more people in Brisbane after the reception our first location in Newstead received. We always wanted to build small hubs and communities of wine lovers throughout the city, and Graceville should be the perfect setting to grow new friends and fans of Ardo's," says General Manager Doug Gilmour.

"Guests can expect a wonderfully curated selection of local and international wines, our delicious small bar bites and our takeaway wine tap. In addition, we'll be launching our functions and events offering, as well as educational masterclasses in food-and-wine pairing."

Like its sibling spot, Ardo's Graceville is welcoming in patrons in for a glass and a bite, and will also let folks pick up their favourite tipples — or a new discovery — to take home once the takeaway license kicks in. Again, offering a selection that you wouldn't just find at any bottle-o is a big source of pride, with Ardo's staff on-hand to chat you through its drops, help you make a pick and impart their expert knowledge.

Here, customers can enjoy wines by the glass and the bottle. The lineup rotates, but everything you see on the shelf is able to be drunk on the premises or, license pending, taken away. As you're getting cosy, you'll also be surrounded by vino all across the walls, plus a wine tap that looks like an altar. And, you'll be tucking into seasonal snacks.

There's no word yet as to when Ardo's Hawthorne will open its doors, or exactly where, but expect it to follow the same formula as well. Given the short gap between Newstead and Graceville's launch, don't be surprised if it pops up soon.

Similarly, if the chain of vino hangouts keeps expanding elsewhere, don't be astonished at that, either.

Find Ardo's Wine Bar at 335 Honour Avenue, Graceville. Keep an eye on the venue's website for more details.

Published on June 05, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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