Find Bourke Street’s Midcity Centre – a tired-looking arcade mixing retail shops with hair salons, phone repair stores and a ramen joint or two – and take the escalator to level one. Look immediately to your right and spot a singular circular sign floating next to a fluorescent ceiling light and fire hose reel. In its previous life, Pearl was a nail salon – now, it's a luxury wine bar dedicated to the perfect pairing that is chablis and oysters. It features the largest wine list of the Burgundy white in the world, a carefully curated selection of Australian oysters and plenty of other bougie snacks (see: caviar served in a lobster).
Whether you're looking for a bar in the north, south, east, or west of our fair city, Time Out Melbourne has got all points of the compass covered. Walk into any of these top-notch wine bars and you're guaranteed service by staff who know what they're talking about, a great atmosphere, and of course, a solid wine list. And being the snack-loving city we are, you can bet these venues are no slouch in the kitchen, either.