This wine bar from the crew behind Carlton's marvellous Town Mouse is all killer, no filler, right down to the exceptional menu from chef Dave Verheul.
Andrew McConnell's chic city bar above Cumulus Inc promises cheffy snacks and cherry-picked wines by the glass.
European sophistication overlooks Spring Street, with imported wines and an ever-changing menu of Mediterranean eats.
Take the food-and-wine savvy of the team behind City Wine Shop, Siglo and The European, throw in a hidden cellar and a prime CBD position, and it's little wonder why this bar is such a winner.
With a pedigree that includes an award-winning ex-Attica sommelier and chefs from Rockwell & Sons, Bar Liberty is a mature wine bar for a grown-up Fitzroy.
Ten years since its inception, this snug bar still sets the benchmark for neighbourhood boozing, with charismatic staff, handpicked imports by the glass and a menu that, like the wine list, draws heavily from Europe.
One of Melbourne's original bottle shop/bars, this Mediterranean marvel boasts produce-driven dishes and an intrepid wine list.
Care is the number one factor in this quaint little wine bar. It operates as a retail store as well, so expect a lot of foot traffic, an inordinate amount of regulars and even more cheers.
At this intimate, cultured Thornbury bar, you can practise your Italian in the bathrooms, where language lessons are piped through the speakers. Drinks are sourced solely from the Boot, and snacks of fritto misto (golden-fried seafood) arrive quick-smart on the table.
Local wines, cheese toasties and hyper-local beers are trademarks of this seductive, wine bar championing all-Australian wines in the inner north.
At this charming Northcote local, there are biodynamic wines from Australia and Italy, plus thin-crust pizzas and a strong, traditional Italian focus.
The Moon feels more like the VIP room of a nightclub or a sleek cocktail lounge than a wine bar, but that's part of its charm. There's a good balance of approachable and more out-there natural stuff, with a slant towards Alsatian styles.
A little slice of the Left Bank in South Melbourne, Bellota will win you over with its intrepid wine list, charcuterie and cheese and sass-packed service.
The kind of neighbourhood haunt you'd consider moving suburbs for, Harry and Frankie is a pitch-perfect blend of bottle shop and wine bar, with more than 600 bottles to take away or enjoy in-house.
Mark Hopkinson and Lyndon Kubis have worked their magic on an old milk bar on Commercial Road, turning the skinny terrace into a sexy slip of a wine bar. Along the wall, some 400 wines, largely boutique Australians and interesting importsare available for you to drink in or take away.
Educating the good people of Toorak on the wonders of natural and biodynamic wines, the folks at Toorak Cellars have enough tried-and-tested examples to keep everybody happy.
A welcome addition to Malvern East, this stylish drink-in wine store promises a curated selection of New- and Old-World wines in classic and cutting-edge styles.
One of the best bars in the west, Seddon Wine Store is part wine store, part neighbourhood bar. Choose a boutique label to enjoy in the store, or grab a bottle to go.
In the spiritual home of Dame Edna Everage, Strangeloves puts the power firmly in the hand of the punters, by asking the first four guests to choose two reds and two whites. The price of each bottle is then divided by four to decide that day's by the glass list.
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