While the kids get candy shops, adults have wine bars so we've picked out some of our favourites across Melbourne.
Whether its date night, catching up with close friends, or knock off drinks with colleagues, we have picked out some of our favourite wine bars across Melbourne, where you can sit back and relax and enjoy a glass or two of vino.
As we say here at Discover Your Own Backyard ‘love thy neighbour’ and Neighbourhood Wine [1 Reid St, Fitzroy North] is the perfect place to spend an evening with your nearest and dearest, sipping on a glass of pinot gris. Feel free to chat to the knowledgeable and friendly bartenders and the resident sommelier about viticulture and the extensive global wine list. You'll be transported to the vineyards of Burgundy and can learn about the world of wine.
Hero image credit: mrandmrsp.com.au
Image Credit: /facebook.com/neighbourhoodwine
Found in the leafy township of Eltham, a hidden gem awaits. A Little Drop of Poison [937B Main Road, Eltham] is a cultural hub for foodies and wine lovers alike. At this local favourite, the team are passionate about producing quality food inspired by the chef’s personal travels. Also remember to keep your ear to the ground to discover upcoming events such as this year’s Poisonart Laneway Festival, that features local musicians, and makers.
Share a fine drop between friends at Melbourne’s friendliest wine bar. Its wine list features natural wines ranging from those produced by small artisan producers to cheap and cheerful drops. The Brunswick Wine Shop [16 Sparta Place, Brunswick] is an ideal quiet spot to catch up with friends and nibble on artisan cheese from the boutique cheese store next door, Caseus [17 Sparta Place Brunswick]. With free wine tastings on Friday afternoons, it’s the perfect place to start the weekend.
Image credit: Brunswickwineshop.com
The new neighbours have well and truly moved in at the beachside suburb of Brighton. Meet, Mr & Mrs P [312 Bay Street Brighton] who opened up shop earlier this year, welcoming everyone into the P family. You'll fall in love with the delicious menu and glamorous drinks list. Catch up with friends while sipping on your drink of choice.
Wander down to Hampton's local wine store, Hampton Wine. Co [444 Hampton Street, Hampton]. Graze on a tapas style eats, while chatting to friends or the resident sommelier and enjoying a drop of a feature wine. Here you'll find great events on, such as $2 oyster Sundays and regular themed wine dinners.
Image Credit: @hampton_wine_co
Whether you're after a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, Ebenezer [615 Balcombe Road, Black Rock] in Black Rock has you covered. This Bayside coffee and wine bar is setting a high standard in the south. With a cellar door open daily, focused on small batch and experimental wines, the resident sommelier will be able to recommend a delicious drop for you. Ebenezer also hosts a range of specialty wine-maker dinners which offer an intimate culinary experience.
A slice of Barcelona is right here in Hawthorn at Tinto [555 Burwood Road, Hawthorn], an authentic Spanish wine bar. After three sisters traced their Spanish ancestry back to the province of Catalonia, so began a 20-year love affair with the city. Tinto was then born, bringing vibrancy and flavour to Melbourne’s inner-east. This casual yet intimate dining space is ideal to share a meal and a bottle of wine with your nearest and dearest.
With the recent redevelopment of Eastland, the Public Brewery Group have produced a winner! The Cellar Door Ringwood [Town Square, Eastland Shopping Centre, 171-175, Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood] showcase the best wine and produce the Yarra Valley wine region has to offer as well as their own full range of house brewed craft beers. The dynamic venue features a public bar and dining room, a providore and bottle shop, mezzanine bar, and a stunning rooftop garden.
Image credit: beerwinecheese.com.au
The Hills [141 Union Road, Surrey Hills] is a new kid on the block and we think that they're pretty cool. They serve wines with character and personality and will happily chat about each wine throughout your visit. Want more? Keep an eye out for future events as they often host meet the maker evenings with noteworthy wine makers. So if you’re interested in discovering more about the art of wine making, then make sure you're following them on their social media channels.
Just finished work? Catching up with an old friend? Lower West Side Wine Bar [73-83 Douglas Parade, Williamstown] is hands down the best place to stop for a drop of vino and some classic wine bar snacks on the way home if you live in the west. Definitely a local favourite.
Image credit: @lws_winebar
A much-loved Footscray hangout, Bar Josephine [295 Barkly Street, Footscray] is filled with unique and personal touches. While the wine list is small it features quality wines at a reasonable price and if you’re a beer drinker then the extensive range of craft beer is sure to satisfy. It’s the humble and nostalgic atmosphere of the place that will bring you back time and time again.
Strangeloves Wine Bar [577 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds] is an iconic and traditional wine bar that's calm and romantic. The ideal spot for a date night or a quiet night with friends. The owner’s passion and love of wine — and the hospitality industry in general — is evident when you first walk in the door. Something that sets this wine bar apart is their BYO food policy. As they only offer a few cheese platters, Strangeloves Wine Bar welcome food from delightful surrounding restaurants.