Melbourne is arguably the birthplace of wine bars in Australia. They are seemingly everywhere you turn – tucked away down lanes, sitting proudly on corners in hip neighbourhoods, perched on rooftops so you can watch the sunset, in an intimate timber-lined room in the heart of the city. The Melbourne wine bar scene is diverse and there are so many options to choose from.
As a proud Victorian winery, we love supporting the wine bar scene in our Melbourne and you’ll often find Best’s wines on these lists. So to help you plan your next night out, here is a list of our favourite Melbourne wine bars that we’ve compiled with our distributor Fesq & Company. It’s guaranteed to help you find a new venue to enjoy a glass or two of fine wine.
You could easily mistake Punch Lane for a cosy wine bar in Europe, except that is located at the top end of Little Bourke St. Sink into one of the brown leather club chairs or prop yourself up at the bar and peruse the list. The wine offerings are extensive with lots of highlights. You might want to settle in for a while with a cheese board or stay on for dinner – you can’t go wrong here.
This is a Melbourne institution and has been welcoming patrons since 1998 staying open to the early hours of the morning serving supper and more substantial dishes. But we come for the wine. You could spend hours reading the red leather-bound wine list and pondering your decision. Many famous names pop up from Australia – Best’s included – and abroad from regions such as Mosel, Barolo, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Is Siglo in Paris or Melbourne? Parisian wicker chairs add to the confusion at this open-air rooftop terrace bar. It sits above The Melbourne Supper Club and wine comes from its extensive cellar. Enjoy a crisp glass of our Best’s Great Western Riesling or a cocktail made from premium spirits.
Relatively new to the Melbourne eating and drinking scene, this Viking-themed bar is quirky and lots of fun. It’s the place to go to try Scandinavian-inspired food and cocktails. You’ll learn about Scandinavian gods like Thor as you read the drinks list, which features great wine. A unique night out is guaranteed at Mjølner.
Set on a corner with big glass windows so you can watch the world pass by, Luxsmith is a “bar and wine store”. It’s the perfect place to hang out with friends or pick up a bottle to match dinner at home. There is wine every which way you turn, choosing a bottle becomes your only problem at this relaxed, neighbourhood venue.
The bar and table and chairs are separated by a wall of wine at this stylish wine bar/bottle shop. Select a bottle from the display and you can either take it home or pay a small corkage fee and enjoy it inhouse. Order a plate of charcuterie and some share plates and there is not much else you could wish for.
It seems there are always new venues popping up, so head out with your friends and discover the latest hotspots as well as old favourites.
Image credit: Siglo Bar