544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Chic hidden wine bar
If you didn't know it was there you'd miss this cosy and elegant small wine bar behind it's curtained windows and closed door with no visible signage — I reckon you could actually mistake it for a brothel if you didn't know better but thankfully it's not. Predominately selling Italian wines due to I guess being owned by the same owners as Il Baretto down the road, prices ranges from $8 to about $14 per glass. Italian influenced bar food is available ranging from Sicilian Olives ($6) to Calamari Fritti ($12) and Pane e Formaggi aka Cheese selection and bread ($16). Here's some extra details from TimeOut Sydney and TwoThousand.
I ordered a glass of Rosso Piceno Superiore 2005 ($9) while fellow drinkers ordered Primitivo 2007 ($10) and Barbera 2006 ($11) which they were very happy with. Now I'm no expert on wines, especially Italian wines, but my wine didn't really appeal to me at all. It actually smelt and tasted very much like vermouth. I thought for $9 I should at least have a nice tasting glass of wine so I felt compelled to query the wine and I'm glad I did because the bar staff checked the bottle open date and it had been opened longer than it should have been so had turned a bit vinegary. A new glass from a fresh bottle made all the difference and was so much better — it pays to ask, but then again it shouldn't have really happened in the first place if there was some quality control in place.
The decor and lighting
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