Coming Soon: Ardo's Is Opening Its Second Neighbourhood Wine Bar and Bottle Shop in Graceville

Just months after launching in Newstead, this vino-slinging joint from the City Winery crew is expanding to Brisbane's west.
Sarah Ward
Published on May 03, 2023

When you're sitting in a wine bar, sipping a glass of whatever vino takes your fancy and chatting to your mates or date over snacks, time seems to move more slowly, and welcomely so. But if you're the City Winery crew, the same doesn't apply to setting up wine-drinking joints. After turning Carl's Bar and Bistro's old Newstead digs into new neighbourhood bar and bottle shop Ardo's earlier in 2023, the team is already expanding, with a second outpost on its way to Graceville.

Before May is out, Honour Avenue should be home to Ardo's next location. The new site will stick with the same concept, just on the other side of town. Accordingly, vino fans in Brisbane's west won't have to trek through the city to peruse the plonk-slinging chain's curated range of vino, or to get drinking onsite 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 will welcome patrons in for a glass and a bite, and also let folks pick up their favourite tipples — or a new discovery — to take away. 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 will rotate, but everything you see on the shelf will be able to be drunk on the premises or 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 to be washed down with a glass or several. In Newstead, that includes baby beet and goat's cheese tartlets, blue cheese mousse with baby fig on sourdough, smoked salmon mousse with crispy capers and salmon skin on brioche, and both mini lemon meringue and Mississippi mud pies.

As for where Ardo's might settle in next, watch this space — likely soon, if the chain of vino hangouts keeps up its current expansion pace.

Find Ardo's Wine Bar at 335 Honour Avenue, Graceville, from sometime mid-May — we'll update you with an exact opening date when one is confirmed. Keep an eye on the venue's website for more details.

Published on May 03, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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