Sydney’s favourite wine bar, Monopole, is moving to the CBD

Award-winning and highly influential wine bar Monopole is packing up from its long-standing Potts Point address and making the convenient move to Hunter Street in the CBD. Owners Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt, who will maintain a Potts Point with Yellow along with a new concept, have secured a new venue overlooking Australia Square, and will open doors early October.

The trailblazing wine bar will now be shaped into an 80-seater, operating bistro style during the day as a nod to the area’s eternal bustle and busy corporate audience. By night, it’ll transform into the dedicated wine bar its known to be, offering up a wide range of drinks and snacks alongside more substantial dinner dishes.

“We’ve been wanting to move Monopole to the CBD for a while and were offered a great site that is ideally suited to the evolution of Monopole,” said Co-owner and sommelier Hildebrandt. “When we first opened, we loved that locals would drop in regularly for a glass of wine and snacks. This is a big part of Monopole’s identity, which we look forward to introducing to the CBD.”

From behind the 20-seat marble bar, a new wine program will sharpen the venue’s focus on a global aesthetic, seeking to highlight both local winemakers and international break out grape varieties and regions. Legendary Australian domains will be well represented, as will iconic destinations from around the world. Monopole fans need not worry about the extensive by-the-glass selection either; this signature will remain.

As for good, Savage has got a huge refresh planned which includes options like salad nicoise, steak frites and snacks like a Moreton Bay bug roll.

Savage and Hildebrandt are working on a new concept for the Potts Point site, with details to be announced in the coming month.

Monopole Potts Point will close in September, and the new site will launch in October.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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