Bars for flying solo in Melbourne
The experience shows at this Carlton stalwart, with hospitality-for-life staffers and a democratic approach to drinking: customers choose the wine on the pour. Your wine typically comes with a recommendation, a back-story and, if they like you, a practical joke.
One of Melbourne's original bottle shop/bars, this Mediterranean marvel boasts produce-driven dishes and an intrepid wine list. Wines by the glass change almost daily, and all of them are very, very good.
Chatter and Carlton Draughts are the order of the day at Handsome Steve's quirky-cool boozer. The cocktail list relies on the basic premise that gin, Campari and Aperol are good in-and-of-themselves, and snacks are of a similarly select range.
There's just the right amount of spit and polish at this low-key wine bar housed in a former shoe shop. Beer fans can get longnecks of Messina, while the short-and-sharp wine list (and free delivery from Pizza Mein Leibe next door) will satisfy the rest.
Potent cocktails and a bona-fide cinema combine to great effect in this relaxed, retro-style Fitzroy North lounge. The screen out back is available for hire, and the kitchen turns out an array of reasonably priced light meals and tapas-style plates.
This dimly lit temple to sake, whisky and shochu (no larger than a train carriage) captures the essence of a Tokyo izakaya, right down to the snacks, staff and Japanese rock’n’roll. Food comes courtesy of Izakaya Chuji next door.
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