This inner city bar's wine wall contains over 1000 bottles from ten different countries.
Our favourite new Sydney bars of 2020 brought us inventive cocktails, natural wines and retrofuturistic interiors. The city's latest wine stop, however, is stripping things back with a sleek look, an extensive wine list and simple, Mediterranean-focused menu.
Vini Divini, Italian for 'divine wines', is situated on Carrington Street, just behind Wynyard Station. Out front, you'll find a relaxed alfresco dining area, while inside you'll be greeted by a 1000-bottle strong wine wall, curated by Rockpool Dining Group's former head sommelier Raphael Mulligan.
The inner city bar contains one of the city's largest by-the-glass wine lists, with selections from ten wine regions including France, Spain, Greece, Armenia and, of course, Italy. By the glass, the wine ranges from $12–45, while bottles can set you back anywhere from $47–480. Mulligan's continually updated wine list comes courtesy of his relationship with independent winemakers and distributors.
Accompanying the wine is the bar's array of Mediterranean nibbles, share plates and heartier meals, from a kitchen overseen by Anason alum Seda Güç. You can ease into the night with the likes of whipped ricotta with black olives and lemon thyme ($9), Pioik rosemary focaccia with olive oil ($9), or Güç's signature baba ganoush ($9). More filling dishes include beef carpaccio ($25), kingfish crudo ($26) and beetroot-marinated artichokes with toasted almonds ($18).
There's also a selection of salumi and cheese available to complement your wine, including wagyu bresaola ($13) and gorgonzola picante with fresh honeycomb ($13), while desserts like Ciccione & Sons lime sorbet served with Ketel One vodka ($13), are on offer to provide the perfect nightcap — although a glass of red would serve just as well.