Wine glass in the foreground and friends enjoying cheese in the background at Bisou Bisou

Say cheese! (and wine!) – Best spots for wine & cheese in the Valley

Is there anything more enticing than a cheese platter paired with a wine flight? Treat your partner to a cozy night out or grab your BFFs and add some spicy goss for an epic catch-up. 


Welcoming walk-ins to its wine bar, Agnes dishes up the French fancies that have Brisbane swooning. Pull up a stool and enjoy an aperitif, digestif or wine from the impressive drinks list with snacks such as oysters, malted sourdough and beef tartare or indulge in raspberry mille-feuille and Basque cheesecake for dessert.

The cosy old-world surrounds of Baedeker Bar on Constance Street are perfect for indulging. Book an exclusive soiree for a long lunch or night out in The Garden, or head behind the revolving bookcase to The Cellar, a Prohibition-inspired speakeasy hideaway. Book in for an intimate wine or whisky tasting night or wow friends, family or colleagues with a private dining experience with matched wines from Australia and around the world.

French brasserie and aperitivo bar Bisou Bisou (“kiss, kiss” in French) at Hotel X is the Valley’s must-visit spot for revolutionary cheese and wine pairings. With a Fromage trolley full of French and Australian cheeses, Bisou Bisou is *chef’s kiss* for Gallic gourmet, fancy cocktails and a stellar selection of French, Aussie and Kiwi wines.

Browsing the carefully curated selection of Italian wines is only half the fun in Bakery Lane’s newest spot for drinks. Stock up on imported wines and matching cheeses and snacks for a premium picnic or cosy night-in or pull up a seat at the in-store bar or along the adjacent alfresco laneway. Share a bottle and plate of cheesy, truffled arancini with friends or broaden your wine knowledge with Uh Oh Italian Wine Store & Bar serving a weekly rotating selection of wine by the glass.

Tucked into a laneway on Alfred Street, La Valle Wine & Bottle Shop welcomes you to sip and snack on-site or take away some vino. Dine outside for prime people-watching options or cosy up inside with curated cheese and charcuterie platters, pâtés and street-style focaccias paired with wine from the 200-strong bottle list.

Enjoy joie de vivre at this Wickham Street steakhouse bistro which specialises in the French classic, steak frites, but also serves up a mean baked Camembert and Chardonnay – with onion confit and warm baked bread, of course. Don’t forget to crack into a crème brulee dessert as well. Book online to secure your seat and let the good times and good wine flow!

Savour the classic ambience of The Parlour, a new addition to the Valley within the La Costa dining precinct on Brunswick Street. This stylishly moody bar channels the artistic vibe of poets and intellectuals with decadent cocktails, cheese and charcuterie boards and a delicious list of wines, beer and ciders, including sparkling magnums of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial French Champagne, if you dare.

Got your food provisions sorted? Complete your spread with a bottle or two of fine wine. The Prince Cellar bottle shop on Wickham Street is open until midnight daily, and the knowledgeable staff will steer you in the direction of a great drop for any budget. Whether you’re after a full-bodied Burgundy or a crisp Blanc de Blanc, we adore the range available at this independent wine store.


- February 2022