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Where to drink mulled wine in Melbourne

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

Photograph: Ryan Noreiks

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. 

Melbourne's best mulled wine

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

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. Available exclusively during the winter months. 

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Carlton

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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Fitzroy
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Other places to get your mulled wine fix

ReWine

Lygon Street's wine nerd paradise ReWine will be serving mulled wine at their wine bar all winter long. They even set up shop at the Winter Night Markets at Victoria Market – just look out for the giant neon mulled wine sign. Prefer to make it at home? ReWine also sells a syrup to add to your own wine mix, perfect if bracing the outdoors to get your fix seems way too arduous. 

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Brunswick East

The Rochester Hotel

Sit by the fire with a cuppa mulled wine at the Rochey. Their brew is made using dry red wine, lemon and orange peel, cinnamon, peppercorns, star anise, nutmeg and cloves, so it’s spicy and warming, like nanna’s best Christmas cake.

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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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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

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

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