Designed by Sydney's Pattern Studio, Glebe's new two-storey wine bar is so opulent you'd never realise the building had previously been a boot factory — and a bank, a tailor, a pizzeria, a grocer and a private investigator's office. No 92 Glebe Point Road has quite the history. For its latest costume change, the building has been decked out with banquettes, gorgeous marble-topped tables, plush lounges, works by Taiwanese Australian artist Angie Pai on the walls and elaborate pendant lights hanging from the ceiling.
Sydney's soon-to-launch wine collective Super Super has created the drinks list, which spans European and Australian drops, classic old-world bottles and minimal-intervention newcomers — both Cake Wines' barbera and Delinquente's pét-nat make the cut. Apart from wine, punters can sip sherry, Italian craft brews and aperitif-style cocktails.
The kitchen is run by UK chef John Lyons, who has spent time in a range of Michelin-starred restaurants in France and the UK (including Rascasse in Leeds). The menu ranges from bar snacks and a la carte menu items to a six-course degustation — which costs a reasonable $70 or $120 with paired wines. Expect to feast on the likes of mussels in orange beurre blanc sauce, celeriac schnitzel topped with hazelnut butter and confit tuna with cherry pastillas.
On weekends, brunch and lunch are on the docket, too — think brioche french toast with quandong fruit and almond cream ($16), smashed avo with nori butter ($16) and granola with fennel pollen ($15). Coffee comes from Surry Hills favourite Artificer, so you'll know it'll be good.
If you're not wanting to commit to a full meal, you can also snack on the likes of freshly shucked oysters with pepperberry mignonette (six for $20), salt cod croquettes ($24), mushroom and truffle arancini ($18) and a wagyu brisket toast ($24). In summer, grab a seat in the cobbled courtyard out back or at one of the tables out front — they're primed for people watching with wine in hand.
Images: T Pakioufakis
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