This chic bar on Bourke Street is keeping its considerable charms under wraps
This quiet, neighbourhood wine bar feels like one of those mythical sitcom locals where you can always gets a seat, the bartenders are amiable and the drinks are good. Camouflaged amongst the houses on Bourke Street, this terrace bar is a long, skinny slice of Italian goodness that will have you torn between telling everyone you know about it or keeping it as a closely guarded secret just for you and yours. The front bar is the size of a pocket-handkerchief and wine is most definitely the focus, but they manage to save just enough space for some Italian spirits – grappa, limoncello and amaro – and a shelf of Peronis. Unless you’re familiar with Italian wine you may need help navigating the list but the staff here are only too happy to walk you through it. They also keep a small stash of Australian varieties on hand if you aren’t feeling continental. Make like the Italians and shake off the nine-to-five grind with a round of spritzes – a glorious mix of Campari or Aperol with prosecco and a dash of soda – and some excellent bar snacks. The prosciutto piadina is something between a thin and crisp pizza and a toastie. It’s both easy to eat and easy to share, making it a very good option for a first date.
|Venue name:||Fico Bar Baretto|
544 Bourke St
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 6-11pm; Fri, Sat 6-11.45pm|