Kids get candy shops, adults have wine bars, and we have 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 DYOB ‘Love thy neighbour’, Neighbourhood Wine [1 Reid St, Fitzroy North] is the perfect place to spend an evening, with your nearest and dearest sipping on a lovely glass of Pinot Gris. With an extensive global wine list, feel free to chat to the knowledgeable, and friendly, bartenders and resident sommelier about viticulture and be transported to the vineyards of Burgundy and learn about the world of wine.
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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. This local favourite is 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, which features local musicians, and makers.
Share a fine drop between friends, at Melbourne’s friendliest wine bar. With natural wines ranging from 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 sounds like the perfect way to start the weekend.
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Located in the beachside suburb of Brighton, the new neighbours have well and truly moved in. Meet, Mr & Mrs P [312 Bay Street Brighton] they moved in earlier this year and have welcomed everyone into the P family. You will 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 your local wine store in Hampton, Hampton Wine. Co [444 Hampton Street, Hampton]. Graze on a tapas style dining, while chatting to friends or the resident sommelier and enjoy a drop of a feature wine. You will find great events on, such as $2 oyster Sundays, and regular themed wine dinners.
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Whether you after a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, Ebenezer [615 Balcombe Road, Black Rock] in Black Rock has got you covered. This bayside coffee and wine bar is setting the standard high for 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 host a range of specialty wine maker dinners which are an intimate culinary experience, so keep an eye out for them.
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, and so began a 20 year love affair with the city. Tinto was born, and brings 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] showcases the best wine and produce the Yarra Valley wine region has to offer, including their full range of house brewed craft beers. The dynamic venue features a public bar and dining room, providore and bottle shop, mezzanine bar, and stunning rooftop garden and bar.
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The Hills [141 Union Road, Surrey Hills] is the new kid on the block and we think that they are 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 follow them on social.
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-style snacks on the way home if you live in the west. Definitely a local favourite.
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An iconic Footscray local 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 than the extensive range of craft beer will 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, 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.