Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar

3.6
157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays

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About

Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar is an upscale cocktail lounge and tapas bar located in the Fourth Ward of beautiful Uptown Charlotte. At Sydney's, our goal is to provide excellent customer service as well as delicious food and drinks. We have 30 hand-crafted martinis, a domestic and international wine list, several appetizing small plates, and delicious desserts. Our space is ideal for groups, couples, and individuals. We also feature live music events during the week. It is our pleasure to be your after work escape and weekend relaxation setting. We look forward to seeing you soon at Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(704) 503-9060
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. 8th St.
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Parking details
Free validated parking at 401 N. Tryon Street Weekdays after 5pm and all day Saturday
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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food
2.8
service
4.2
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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

1) They did not have our reservation that was made through Open Table so we had to sit in the back of the place. However, one of the guys (I wish I got his name. I don't know if he was the owner or manager.) worked to accomodate my group and sat us close to the band. So I am appreciate him for that.
2) The radio advertises free before 11, but apparently if you get there before 10pm, it's a $10 cover. The lady said there was a charge due to the live band. They should make that clear beforehand. I don't remember hearing that announcement on the radio nor on the OpenTable reservation site.
3) The food menu was not the same as the menu on the website and was not good at all.
4) My friends did say their drinks were good though. You just may want to eat before you gey there.
5) Once we got the seating situated and got over the food being nasty, we did have a good time. The band was entertaining. The DJ was pretty good. The people were there to have a good time.

My suggestions:
Prepare to pay $10 if you go while the band is on (starting at 8pm I believe). Or go after the band finishes and before 11pm to get in free.
Eat good before you go and just stick with the drinks.

I would go back though...now that I know what to expect. It's a good Friday night...leave the work week behind you and have some fun kind of spot.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Would not recommend. They did not honor our open table reservation and there was a $5 cover charge despite the live music act being cancelled. The DJ was good and our server was decent, though a bit overwhelmed despite the fairly empty tables.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I held my birthday bash there on Friday, May 25, 2018. Everyone that had attended had a great time there.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

First, after been told to make a reservation during an earlier call, I arrived to find my reservations had been cancelled because they don’t take reservations for one and was informed to sit at the bar. Which I refused because I followed instructions. There was only 1 waitress serving the ENTIRE establishment- so she couldn’t help for being very SLOW and forgetful. The attitudes of those in charge was undesirable and I just didn’t get a warm experience. The location is great - personnel need some work with their customer service!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great concept and good location - staff could be a little more organized. Probably shouldn't have someone bring in ice and sodas through front door - better to use a back entrance. Good to get there early. Other than these little things it is worth visiting - we will definitely go again

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We had an awesome time....entertainment was the best...waitress very attentive....restroom nice n clean!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I love this spot for a Friday and Saturday night fun only thing Sydney's need is more waitresses

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great band and DJ. The atmosphere was festive for dancing. Food and service was substandard. Had a birthday celebration and guest waited up to 45 minutes for drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

It was a great place for a girls night out!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The place is nice. Its the service very slow take the staff a very long time to get drinks and food they need to hire more staff it's ridiculous the place is amazing but whoever does the hiring need to realize the staff is terrible not the people just service is very slow and I understand they have to attend to alot of people. Get the staff part together that spot will be a 5star. I enjoyed my B-day there but half the time waited for food and drinks my food was not hot when I got it but I waited along time to get cold food. Its a great place just hire more people so people can enjoy the place and less waiting on drinks and food

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Love coming especially when Gena Chambers is singing. I don't drink but was charged the same amount for a virgin dacquri.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The waiter and live music was great. The V101.9 DJ was good but people started leaving. Need something more to get people to stay and start dancing.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was good but the service sucked. Our waitress was slow and I had to ask for water like 5 times before I received it. I also didn't like that I made 9pm reservations, paid$5 to get in and then they were screaming on the microphone all night it's free before 11pm. That was very bad business and in very poor taste because it made you wonder if it was a scam.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nice spot but horrible service... Music was good .. All servers was new and Very slow .

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The energy was perfect. Live band was good and so was the dj. A great old school vibe

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A laid back spot that You can also dance at.. I had fun. Grown.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

There was a time when I loved Sydney's. My wife, a friend and myself attended Friday night. Our reservations was for 8:45 p.m. 9:30 or so the band ended their session for the night. Much earlier than they use to. We sat in our usual spot near the side door close to the stage. Our table was unbalanced, so when we received our drinks the unbalanced table cause our drinks to tip over. I spoke with the manager to see if the table could be replaced. I also informed her that the table cause our drinks to tip over right after receiving them. She informed me that she could move us. I declined to be moved because the only available tables were way in the back. The manager replied with an attitude, stating "Does it look like I can carry a table." She did not offer to replace the drinks or an apology for the the table. I walked away and chose not to purchase another drink nor food. Generally we tend to spend at least $175 when we do go. I felt as a customer the manager should have handle the situation better. Due to her attitude we eventually left and took our business else where. I did not spend another dime after that type of treatment. We tend to go out most weekends along with a group of friends. We will not waste our time or money at this establishment again!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I enjoyed myself. And my friends did as well. However, there were a few things that could be improved upon. One is the wait staff needed something to bring the drinks and food out on. They were bringing out 2 drinks at a time as well as bringing the food out with their fingers holding the plates. Sometimes they would spill them on people or the floor. It also took them forever to bring your drink to you or get it right. Secondly, the food is something to be desired. For the money, it didn't match up. It kind of looked like it was thrown together. Plus, they didn't have certain food like the shrimp. The music was good. However, the music that was playing was not the song they were singing. But because the crowd got pumped up, the music passed.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I loved this place! The appetizers and martinis were great especially the martinis👌

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I've been going to Sydney's Martini and wine bar since they opened this is a fantastic night club they always have great entertainment live jazz blues for R&B as well as DJ special events I've hosted parties there before and I've become friends with the staff and the owners they treat their patrons real good

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went here to grab a quick bite before heading to a show--the food on their site and online looked pretty good but they had nothing! The bar tender didn't even recommend the microwaved tacos or something so we went hungry and figured the drinks would at least make up for it...I was wrong. Mine was intended to be a sweet cocktail but it was overly sweet and as far as a dirty martini?? Well it looked like dirty water. They were setting up DJ and testing music at 5:30-6PM so we couldn't even have a conversation. This place needs redone and new management. Too bad, it looks like it might have been decent at some time in the past.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Terrible service, completely ignored when asked for napkins and the check, took an hour to get check and cars back. Would never recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Brandon Stevens band was fantastic that night and the drinks were great.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

When we arrived, I explained my party of 8 (out of town guests) wanted some live jazz and that I had been calling for days to find out if and when a band would be available, no one ever answered the phone and voicemail was full. The attendant told me I should have checked the website. I explained I had been checking the website and no band information was available. She then told me I should have checked Facebook. I said which is it...no phone, no website but I was wrong for not checking Facebook? She then told me to come back at 9pm, the band would be there by then. I said my party of 8 is here...do you have any music you can play while we have cocktails and wait until 9pm (about 6 people were having cocktails inside the venue in absolute silence)? She then said they could turn on the radio...

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Cover charge, cost of appetizers were excessive. Food not tasty. No chicken in buffalo chicken dip. Portions small for price. Bring back flat bread.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We enjoyed the band and martinis. Fun night to get together at last minute.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Nice atmosphere for the grown and sexy! Great live bands!!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Reservation were easy to make
Service was great
Food and drinks were great.
Band was fabulous

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

My spouse and I visited here for drinks and appetizers before heading to the theater. Live music and attentive service made for a good start to an enjoyable evening.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the live Jazz band and that is the only reason we did not leave. The food was absolutely disgusting and a waste of money!!!!!! My plate had several big chips on the end, I asked for another because of all the chips. The waitress took for ever to return with a better plate. We had the spinach dip and buffalo chicken egg rolls. Also, we had to ask on different occasions to have the dirty plates and empty glasses removed from the table. The drinks were ok but, but had to wait forever for our drinks and when the drink came you can tell it had been sitting for a while.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We were HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED that two hours before we had plans to celebrate New Years at Sydney as we had confirmation we did. After making a call just to ask an unrelated question, we found out from management that we did not have an actual reservation because we needed to purchase tickets on event brite and not from their website as instructed. We were quite embarrassed because we also were to meet friends who also had made table reservations through their website. NEVER in their website did it mention going to event brite. We were left with nothing to do as most places were sold out and booked. This was their problem and they should have made more of an effort to accommodate those that were affected. The managers made no effort to correct their wrong. I will take up with the owner. We deserve more than a SORRY from them....we have given them years of our business and referral.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We made reservations only to be seated in the back far away from the live music. Our seat was right next to the door which was very uncomfortable because every time the door would open the wind would hit us bad.

The food was fair but not the best.

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2017

I don't believe they planned accordingly for the event. They ran out of almost everything on what menu they have. Also they didn't have enough martini glasses for the event. My drink was bought out to me in a wine glass and I sent it back. Now the DJ that was my reason for attending anyway. DJ 06 is an awesome DJ and he knows how to get the party started.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Best place for a martini- good music and a good time

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The seating was awful.I have never been to a bat or restaurant where the sofa's are used as reserved seating.We had a large party and to place us on sofa's was awful.We could not get out without literally stepping over each other and the view to see the band was bad.The martini was good but pricey.The food was not worth anything.I would only come back to hear band and the dj

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1.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Slow service, not enough waiters. Ad said free before 1030, but had to pay a cover at the door anyway :(

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Had a wonderful time and the Groovemasters Band was wonderful! Will be back again soon!

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1.0Dined on November 3, 2017

It was the worse date night. We got seated next to the door. The band members kept expecting me to open the door. Got cursed out by the deejay. The waitress took 30 minutes to bring a glass of water. Got to do better as a business.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was nice they just need a better menu

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2017

I Love going to Sydneys with my husband and friends!

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