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City Wine Shop

Bars, Wine bars Melbourne
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4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The old faithful is still as relevant and reliable as ever

Rain, hail, shine, sunrise, sunset, City Wine Shop – and its footpath seating – is always full. Is it because it’s a tourist trap? Is it because the odd businessman likes to throw his cash around with a fancy bottle? Is it because it is a great, non-committal first date venue? Is it because it’s a convenient, independent bottle shop? Is it because it is always open? Is it because, after all these years, it has stayed the same? Well, yes. And there is nothing wrong with that.

As a consumer, you know that when you go to City Wine Shop, you’re going to be standing on Spring Street, reading the body language of everyone who is seated outside, prepared to pounce on the next available chair. You know that once you’re seated, an eagle-eye waitperson will bring you water and menus and ask if you want a drink before you even get a chance to look at what is on offer. You know that the menu of specials can be anything from cotechino with puy lentils to City Wine Shop’s famous chicken schnitzel with coleslaw or a leg of confit duck with mash. Specials are scrawled on the blackboard at the entrance, and everything, absolutely everything is designed to go with wine. It’s an uncomplicated formula backed up with rigorous staff education, great service, and a promise that it will all be the same tomorrow.

The wine, like the food, is mostly for traditionalists. Though the by-the-glass list changes regularly, the principles of the list do not. Glasses are almost always around the $15 mark, rarely inching up towards the 20s. This means you could be in the company of a minimum-wage hospitality worker enjoying a glass of German riesling on their break, a tourist having their first taste of McLaren Vale grenache, a socialite cradling a glass of Provincial rose, or a wine professional analysing a German pinot noir. City Wine Shop created an egalitarian space for people to enjoy wine, rather than be intimidated by it, and they keep coming back for its consistency. Long live the City Wine Shop.


This venue welcomes American Express

By: Jess Ho

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Address: 159 Spring St
Melbourne
3000
Transport: Nearby stations: Parliament
Contact:
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-midnight ; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-11pm

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