What makes an excellent bottleshop? Is it the range they stock, the quality of their product or the ability of the staff to make an excellent recommendation? Because there’s nothing quite like the thrill of discovering a new favourite wine or beer, we’ve rounded up our favourite local independent bottleshops that tick all the above.

Happy tasting!

Plonk Beer & Wine Store

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, Fyshwick ACT 2609

27/10 Lathlain St, Belconnen ACT 2617

If you’re looking for the best variety of craft beer in Canberra, look no further. From the obscure to the obvious, Plonk has it all. If you’re keen on branching out from your go-to drop, the helpful staff and their incredible range means you’ll leave with something new and exciting everytime!

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Prohibition: The Bottleshop

6-81 Giles Street, Kingston

In the heart of Kingston nestled on the Foreshore, you’ll find this little gem that pleases the locals. A vintage-themed boutique store stocked with all the unique local wines, beers and spirits that we love including Bentspoke, Capital Brewing and Canberra Distillery.

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Amici Wine Bar & Deli

59 Northbourne Ave, Canberra

This charming Italian Wine Bar and Deli will allow you to take your love of wine to a whole new level. After dining in a setting that takes you to the Mediterranean, select your favourite vino to take home. If that doesn’t win you over, there’s a rose with a velvet label, colossal bottles to last the week.

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Blackhearts & Sparrows

15/27 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612

Nestled away on Lonsdale Street, Blackhearts and Sparrows stocks an unparalleled selection of boutique local and international wines. Everything has been tasted by the team before it hits the shelves, so the staff are able to make on-point recommendations based on your preferences. The perfect place to go if you’re looking to find a nice bottle for a gift or special occasion.

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Cellar Door

Nishi Grand Stair, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon Nishi, every Saturday from 3-6pm

Every Saturday afternoon, when the clock chimes 3, the Grand Stair of the Nishi building is transformed into a wine and beer connoisseurs dream. Different local wineries and producers set up shop so you can buy direct from the makers. Taste, learn and experience what the Canberra District has to offer, and you’ll be able to impress everyone the next time you crack open a bottle.

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Ainslie Cellars

7 Edgar St, Ainslie

On one hand you can get your lips on all types of wines from the depths of South Italy, and on the flip side the love for local at this store is even more prominent than their extensive exotic offerings. Ainslie Cellars were one of the first to promote Canberra as a competitive wine making district, and their views have only grown stronger – with equal support for local breweries and distilleries. If you’re popping in for groceries next door, be sure to stop by the Cellars, chances are they’ll be having a free wine tasting. The winemakers visit often and together the team work to enthuse shoppers to try something new. The store is family owned and operated, and the staff are incredibly savvy, as they themselves have taken to the vineyards to learn the ropes of winemaking. Oh, and they deliver!


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