Few things in life can top a glass of fine wine. Complex, unique, indulgent, and simply delicious, a good wine truly is a taste sensation.
One of the best ways to sample a range of wines is by visiting a wine bar. These bars specialise in fine wine, offering up a diverse, ever-changing collection of both local and international wine. Some serve up starters and meals alongside their drinks, and others keep it simple. Either way, when you discover an incredible wine bar, you’ll find yourself coming back again and again.
If you are looking to sample a range of wines in the Canberra region, you’ve come to the right place. We asked Canberra locals to share their favourite wine bars, and the results are in.
Let’s get started right away.
What makes an excellent wine bar?
So much goes into making a fantastic wine bar. On your hunt, we suggest keeping a sharp eye out for the following traits:
- An exciting range of wines. You head to a wine bar to sample the finest wines on the market, right? So, the very first thing to keep a lookout for is the wine menu. It should be diverse and exciting, containing a mix of local, national, and international labels.
- Staff with expertise. If you’d like to learn more about the wine you are drinking, the bar staff should be able to help. They should have the expertise needed to answer any of your questions.
- Lively atmosphere. The atmosphere is essential. No one wants to enjoy a glass of wine in a quiet, empty bar.
- Great food. If they serve food, it better be good.
The top wine bars in Canberra according to you
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Without further ado, here are the top wine bars in Canberra according to the region’s local residents.
Hidden in the iconic Melbourne Building is Bar Rochford, a local hotspot known for its stellar food, exciting wines, and killer jams. The interior is classic and minimalist, combining raw materials with fine leathers. Both the food and wine menu change regularly – the team behind Bar Rochford is passionate about using in-season produce to develop unique culinary creations. One visit certainly isn’t enough.
Tucked away in the heart of Canberra is Hippo Co., a boutique whiskey, wine, and cocktail bar that serves up some of the finest drinks in the region. The atmosphere is both classy and cosy, with exposed brick walls and warm, dim lighting. Live blues music on Monday and jazz on Wednesday add to the cool yet sophisticated vibe. Sit back, enjoy a glass of top-quality vino, and indulge in a little banter. Or, get a group of friends together and get behind the bar yourself with the Hippo Co. Cocktail Masterclass. How good is that?
What’s better than a glass of wine? A glass of wine and a fresh, wood-fired pizza. Bacaro is an authentically Italian pizza and wine bar accessed through an unsuspecting laneway. Grab a seat at the chic marble bar, or kick-back and relax on a low-slung stool. Enjoy a pizza or generous bowl of fresh-made pasta or indulge in other delicacies. Choose from a mouth-watering selection of antipasti, including cheese boards and house-made salumi.
Who did you pick?
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