There isn’t a lot of space at 121BC for lollygagging, you’re here for the business of serious sipping, and with only about 25 seats in the whole place you had better drop what you're doing and sprint over there. There is a simple and foolproof method to the titillating madness of Vini’s new love child, located as far as a well-arced wine spit down a laneway off Holt St in Surry Hills. The narrow bottle shop attached to the bar is the obvious starting gate. There’s a choice between Italian wine… and Italian wine. Lucky for you Italian wine is where it’s at, and here it’s cheap, too. A bottle of Primitivo for a staggeringly cheap $21 is our suggestion, the $15 corkage fee is a pretty great deal these days, although there are a heap of wines offered by the glass written up on the blackboard. Take your chosen bottle with you and perch yourself at the solid and central bar where Giorgio, 121BC’s legit Italian maestro, will point you in the direction of tasty morsels that such terrific wines demand. Chargrilled mortadella sausage with onions was a standout, and there’s no skipping over the ribs balsamic or the soft roasted olives. If wine ain’t your thang then reach for classic Italian aperitifs, aperol and campari and pretend you’re in Rome somewhere and are totally down with the lingo, prego!
121BC Cantina and Enoteca
Gladstone st, (off Holt St) Surry Hills, Sydney.