A locals’ wine bar that’s worth switching suburbs for
In its former life as a notorious gentlemen’s club, this terrace was a hub for some of Melbourne’s shadier characters, but there’s nothing insalubrious about its current incarnation. Climb the stairs to the first-floor bar and restaurant to discover a clubby, handsome space of vintage bar stools, tapestry and brass. Take your time perusing Simon Denman’s 20-page wine list, peppered with natural beauties, impressive imports and little-known locals. Minimal-intervention, biodynamic and organic wines form the backbone of this commendable selection, and staff are only too happy to help you dip your toes into unfiltered territory.
Settle in with a glass of textural ‘orange’ wine, or the sprightly, slightly frizzante riesling on tap. Long lunches, seasonal dinners and Sunday roasts are yours for the taking, but if you’re after something less substantial, the cheese offering is a thing of beauty, piled high with muscatels, house-made quince paste and dense, nutty oatcakes.
|Venue name:||Neighbourhood Wine|
1 Reid St
|Opening hours:||Daily noon-midnight|