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The best wine bars in Melbourne

It wasn't easy, but we sipped red, white and rosé across the city to bring you this guide to the finest wine bars in Melbourne

Photograph: Graham Denholm

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. For more carefully curated guides to Melbourne's drinking culture, head to our favourite cocktail bars, rooftop bars and whisky bars.  

1

Embla

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.

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Melbourne
2

Cumulus Up

Andrew McConnell's chic city bar above Cumulus Inc promises cheffy snacks and cherry-picked wines by the glass.

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Melbourne
3

City Wine Shop

European sophistication overlooks Spring Street, with imported wines and an ever-changing menu of Mediterranean eats.

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Melbourne
4

Kirk's Wine Bar

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.

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Melbourne
1

Marion

Andrew McConnell's latest Gertrude Street gaff is arguably the best-stocked wine bar in the 'hood, with a short, unfussy menu that changes regularly.

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Fitzroy
2

Bar Liberty

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.

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Fitzroy
3

Gerald's Bar

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.

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Carlton North
4

Gertrude Street Enoteca

One of Melbourne's original bottle shop/bars, this Mediterranean marvel boasts produce-driven dishes and an intrepid wine list.

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Fitzroy
5

Joanie’s Baretto

At this intimate, cultured Thornbury bar, you can practice 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.

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Thornbury
6

Neighbourhood Wine

Climb the stairs of this former gentlemen's club to discover a clubby, handsome space and a 20-page wine list peppered with natural beauties, impressive imports and little-known locals.

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Fitzroy North
7

Bar Nonno

At this charming Northcote local, there are biodynamic wines from Australia and Italy, plus thin-crust pizzas and a strong, traditional Italian focus.

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Northcote
8

Underwood Wine Bar

Skin-contact wines, charcuterie and hyper-local beers are trademarks of this seductive, New York-style wine bar in the inner north.

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Fitzroy North
9

Hannah's Bar

This elegant little enclave promises switched-on service, all-European wines, and top fare from the Epocha crew. A terrace with park views is a bonus.

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Carlton
10

Joe's Shoe Store

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.

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Northcote
1

Harry and Frankie

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.

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Port Melbourne
2

Smalls

This freshly minted bar from Jess Ho – full disclosure, a previous Time Out editor – is big on appeal, with a wine list by ex-Rockpool sommelier Wiremu Andrews.

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South Melbourne
3

Bellota Wine Bar

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.

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South Melbourne
1

Milton Wine

A welcome edition 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.

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Malvern
2

Toorak Cellars

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.

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Armadale
3

Persillade

Boundary-pushing dining joins and intrepid list of wines from around the world at this café-cum-wine bar from husband-and-wife team Aidan and Tanya Raftery.

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East Melbourne
1

Acqua e Vino

There's wine, knockout cocktails and a welcoming speakeasy vibe and this ballroom-cum-bar straight out of Boardwalk Empire. Head straight for the wine list, which rivals the Yellow Pages in girth.

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Yarraville
2

Seddon Wine Store

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.

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Seddon
3

Strangeloves Wine Bar

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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Moonee Ponds

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By: Time Out editors

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