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Lil Sis Is Sydney's New Wine Bar and Bottle Shop Attached to The Abercrombie

This late-night spot offers plenty of natural wines to sample, order by the glass or take home by the bottle — alongside salty snacks and laidback DJ sets.
By Ben Hansen
February 03, 2023
By Ben Hansen
February 03, 2023

When The Abercrombie opened late last year, it brought with it a 24-hour license, a set of dance floors and an exciting new wine bar. Lil Sis is this said wine bar, a late-night multi-level space inspired by the neighbourhood haunts of Paris. Located within an adjoining terrace of the huge Chippendale mega-venue, Lil Sis offers a far-reaching wine list, nostalgic snacks and European lounge DJ sets until 2am — plus, it's also a bottle shop.

Downstairs you'll find the bottle shop. While the Inner West and Surry Hills boast plenty of spots to grab a bottle of natural wine for a dinner and/or house party, Lil Sis brings this experience to Broadway, giving Chippendale residents and cashed-up UTS students the opportunity to be pét-nat enthusiasts. There are also plenty of traditional drops available across both the bottle shop and upstairs bar for those that prefer a sauvignon blanc over a skin contact.

If you're someone who likes to try before you buy, there's a communal tasting table in the shop, so you can sample different vinos, expand your palate and make sure you're walking away with a bottle that you'll be recommending to all of your friends.

Head upstairs to the bar and you can sip your way through the shop's wines by the glass, paired with plenty of snacks. If you feel like picking at something, opt for a selection from the grazing menu which stars plenty of local cheeses, cold meats and heftier snacks like gildas, mussels escabeche and chicken liver parfait.

There's also a trio of jaffles that you won't be forced to share with anyone. The triple cheese and the pastrami on rye options are the more sensible adult choices, but the Heinz spaghetti toastie is packed with nostalgia and cheddar cheese.

"The idea behind Lil Sis is to showcase and share producers and wine regions we are excited about from all over the world. Some may be familiar, and some we believe you should get to know," says Lil Sis' wine curator Zoe Brunton.

"Most of the wines will be by the glass for those wanting to venture through and explore. We want the list to be fun, approachable, and diverse in its offering."

Find Lil Sis at 100 Broadway, Chippendale. The bottle shop is open 12pm–12am Monday–Saturday and 12–11pm Sunday, and the wine bar is open Wednesday–Sunday 4pm–2am.

Published on February 03, 2023 by Ben Hansen
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