Sydney Social 101 has got a new crush and they live in Double Bay – everything about it makes us smile and we can’t stop ourselves going back for more! The culprit – Vine Double Bay – swoon!

Vine Double Bay has become a dining and bar destination in recent months and is regularly frequented by VIPs and the rich and famous for good reason.


Owned by Gavin Douchkov and Manny Karson, Vine Double Bay and overseen by Sydney hospitality veteran Mikee Collins as General Manager it’s perhaps no surprise that it has already made its mark on Sydney’s foodie scene.


Vine Double Bay offers a premium and contemporary experience in the old Zigolini’s site on Short Street. The modern and sophisticated menu is complemented by cleverly-chosen wine and well-crafted cocktails. Seriously the cocktails are just ahmaazziinggg!

Perfect for group dining and long lunches, the French inspired hearty food has options to suit all tastes and leaves you more than satisfied and eager to come back again for your next hit!


The kitchen team is led by Chef Drew Bolton, whose experience includes Thomas Keller’s renowned French Laundry in California’s Napa Valley, Darley’s at Lillianfells in the Blue Mountains and Peter Gilmore’s iconic Quay. Pretty impressive hey!

The menu will include a variety of dining options from bar snacks through to substantial dishes that are designed to be shared between three to four people.  Small plates include sashimi of Tasmanian trumpeter, meyer lemon and shaved fennel ($20) and smoked pork jowl and crackling with parsnip, tangelo and cumquat ($22).

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Substantial dishes include Rankin Cod with Port Lincoln banana prawn, black garlic, asparagus and galangal-scented mantis shrimp bouillon ($34) through to large dishes such Dutton Park whole-duck glazed with lavender and star anise, rhubarb and celery heart ($70) and braised wild hare pithivier with truffled potato puree and buttered kale ($60). The absolute stand-out for us is the lamb – nestled on a bed of roast potatoes, cherry tomatoes on the vine and garden peas it is truly a show stopper!

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The dessert – oh the unreal dessert – we’re not going to write anything more here – we’re just going to let the picture speak for itself..

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The wine list boasts over 50 wines, focussing on lesser-known but standout boutique wineries as well as organic and biodynamic styles.  We highly recommend the rose – light, fresh whilst still being full bodied.

If wine’s not your ‘thang’ there is a selection of international craft beers and cocktails inspired by vine-grown fruit and vegetables.

The venue has capacity for 235 people and is a versatile function space.

Vine Double Bay is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday and lunch Thursday – Sunday.

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Lisa Hollinshead
Editor & Director

Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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