We don’t know about you, but winter always puts us in the mood for something sweet, tangy and heavily fermented. It’s time to investigate the best mulled wines and ciders of Sydney.
When you’re looking for a cosy spot on a chilly night, you can’t go past Grandma’s Bar. It’s a firm favourite with loads of Sydney locals – and with very good reason. It’s gorgeously retro, serves up some awesome jaffles (hello comfort food), and the cocktails are as funky as the décor. Enter the Wintertime Mulled Wine, made with pineapple and a fiery mix of spices. It’s beautiful stuff, and sure to warm you up.
“Theme is cosy kitschy couture…at least that is how I interpreted it. However you see it, it is an awesome place to hide away from the hectic CBD and enjoy a really great cocktail with a jaffle. Everything in this place is on theme, from the décor to the menu items, which adds to the playful nature of the place and the bartenders alike.” – Miss Forster
A trendy bar mixed with a vinyl record store might be the most hipster idea ever, but Mojo Record Bar makes it work beautifully. The staff are super-friendly, old music posters and vinyl sleeves line the walls, and there’s a classic jukebox stuffed with great tunes. The seasonal mulled wine is on point, rich and full of flavour, so settle in and get sipping.
“Great bar that’s hidden behind a record store. Great atmosphere! Very romantic with the soft lighting.” – shootez
If you haven’t discovered Parsons yet, it’s high time you corrected that oversight. This place specialises in quality meals and expertly mixed cocktails, and it’s rocking all sorts of charmingly old-fashioned knickknacks. An old bicycle here, a gramophone there… it all creates the perfect setting to enjoy a nice warming glass of their mulled wine. It’s slow mulled with spiced fruits, so it smells just as amazing as it tastes.
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The Winery is a Surry Hills institution, and this universally loved bar/restaurant remains a stunning venue for a delicious meal and a drink. It’s extremely elegant and thoroughly welcoming, with friendly service and heaps of comfy seating. They do exceptional mulled wine, filled with fruits and spices. Of course, if you’d rather a cider, try the Eric Bordelet ‘Argelette’, imported directly from Normandy.
“Everywhere you look there’s some sort of awesome decoration. Their service was top notch – Even when it’s super busy on a Friday or Saturday. Awesome wine menu too! Definitely check this place out if you are in the area.” – Wasteland
When you want casual, laid back charm, the jolly old Dove & Olive is always a brilliant place to visit. There’s a great menu with all the classic pub grub you could want, plus plenty of craft beers to sample. Grab a seat, order up a mouth-watering burger with a side of fat chips, and get your lips around a glass of The Hills apple and pomegranate cider. Bliss.
“Cute little pub in the heart of Surry. Food is yummy and the beer is adorable. They have cool little events as well which are really fun!” – StephanieLeake