Announcing the Wineslinger Award

28 May 2018. Words by YGOW.

Australia’s Top 50 places to enjoy wine have been named by the country’s leading sommeliers and winemakers

Just as we lead people to exciting and quality wines through the winemaker awards, we want to lead people to places where they can have a fun wine experience…

So now, in our 12th year, we are launching WINESLINGER, an award that searches for, showcases and celebrates Australia’s best wine venues.

The Top 50 wineslingers across Australia for 2018 have been decided, voted by over 100 of Australia’s leading sommeliers and winemakers.

“These panellists are selected for their know-how, their taste, and the fact that they are out and about visiting venues near and afar on a constant basis. They are chosen because they have a keen eye, a killer palate and they know a good time when they see one,” said WINESLINGER editorial director Nick Stock.

Over 300 venues in Australia received votes from the panel, so there is certainly a great depth of esteemed venues around the country in 2018. The Top 50 list is made up of pubs, bars and restaurants, but what ties them together is an excellence in creating an environment where wine enjoyment is the hero. Most importantly, they are all venues with great approachability, energy and adventure.

“Australia offers one hell of a good time for wine lovers and there’s a high bar of quality in a national sense, married with a strong sense of identity and place wherever you go. That makes this list one very handy reference for both locals and visitors right across the country,” added Stock.

The public now get to have their say on who wins… People can vote for their favourite wine venue in the Top 50 at younggunofwine.com/wineslinger. People’s Choice voting closes on Sunday 17 June.

The winners of WINESLINGER will be announced at MONA in Tasmania on Monday 18 June, at the Young Gun of Wine Awards.

The WINESLINGER TOP 50 list via state is as follows:


10 William St, Paddington
Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney
Bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay
Dear Sainte Éloise, Points Point
Ester, Chippendale
Fix Wine Bar, Sydney
Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point
Harvest Newrybar, Newrybar
Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst
Monopole Restaurant & Bar, Potts Point
Restaurant Hubert, Sydney
The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills


Bar Liberty, Fitzroy
Bellota, South Melbourne
Carlton Wine Room, Carlton
City Wine Shop, Melbourne
Embla, Melbourne
France Soir, South Yarra
Gerald’s Bar, North Carlton
Gertrude Enoteca, Fitzroy
Kirk’s Wine Bar, Melbourne
Marion, Fitzroy
Neighbourhood Wine, Brunswick
The Alps, Prahran


Bar Torino, Adelaide
Clever Little Tailor, Adelaide
East End Cellars, Adelaide
Hellbound Wine Bar, Adelaide
La Buvette, Adelaide
Mother Vine, Adelaide
The Summertown Aristologist, Summertown


Bille H, Claremont
Budburst Small Bar, Mount Hawthorn
Il Lido, Cottesloe
Lalla Rookh, Perth
Petition Wine Bar & Merchant, Perth
Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River


BlackBird Bar & Grill, Brisbane
Cru Bar and Cellar, Fortitude Valley
Gauge, South Brisbane
Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley
La Lune Wine Co, South Brisbane


Ettie’s Bar & Bottleshop, Hobart
Franklin, Hobart
Institut Polaire, Hobart
Willing Bros. Wine Merchants, North Hobart


Aubergine, Griffith
Bar Rochford, Cnberra
XO, Narrabundah


Stone House, Darwin


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