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Where to drink mulled wine in Melbourne

Warm up with a cup of zesty, spicy mulled wine this winter

Red wine and spices are the base ingredients for this European winter warmer: but from there, anything is possible. You'll find mulled wine in bars and pubs all over town in the colder months, and you'll be warm in no time even if you don't have a fireplace handy.

Still cold? Make you're way to out to one of our favourite hot chocolates. If you don't like your wine warm, check out some of the best wine bars in Melbourne. 

Madame Brussels
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Madame Brussels

Prim, proper and served in fine china, this Madame knows the key to a great mulled wine. A hearty red is richly infused with figs and strawberries, then hit with a generous swig of brandy. The European blend is made to share, so be sure your drinking partner likes things spicy.

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Melbourne
Milk the Cow
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Milk the Cow

The kings of cheese and booze pairings are taking the traditional German path here, brewing up their Glühwein with aniseed stars, whole nutmeg, cardamom pods and hints of citrus. Each guest gets a complimentary nip on arrival, and you can also drink by the glass at both Carlton and St Kilda locations.

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Carlton
Vegie Bar
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Vegie Bar

Is there a better sight on a cold night than a crackling fire and a big, black cauldron filled with mulled wine? The heavy scent of spice hits you as soon as you enter Vegie Bar's back bar; hold the glass close and it will clear your sinuses before the first sip. High on clove factor but balanced with a good hit of citrus, waiting 30 minutes for a table almost becomes a treat.

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Other places to get your mulled wine fix

Feast of Merit

This socially conscious enterprise is brewing a fragrant infusion of cardamom, star anise, dried dates, cinnamon and Cointreau. All profits go towards education for disadvantaged youth.

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Richmond

Naked for Satan

You’ll be thanking the heavens once you’ve got a whiff of the Satan’s secret recipe. Make your way onto the twinkling rooftop balcony and wrap your hands around a mug of spice-heavy mulled wine.

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Fitzroy

Riverland Bar

Watch the row boats glide past with some hand-held climate control. Classically spiced and heated to perfection, you won’t need gloves once you’ve got yourself a glass. 

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Melbourne
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The Wilde

Bubbling in a billy kettle on the bar, The Wilde laces fruity Pinot Noir with your regular culprits, then sasses it up with ginger to keep your palate fresh. You'll feel as sophisticated as the bar's namesake.

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Fitzroy

Get warm at these pubs

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