First published on 13 Jul 2011. Updated on 10 Feb 2014.
Full of the sort of ramshackle charm that's par for the course in the laneways of the CBD or amongst the hipster north, Yarraville's Acqua e Vino is a grand old wine bar full of squishy Chesterfields and mis-matched armchairs. The glorious old ballroom has a wine list that would rival the Yellow Pages in width, and they already have a Wine Bar of the Year award to their name. Who needs acqua when you can have another glass of vino? Yarraville.
There is a thoroughly awesome new craze on the rise in food and wine obsessed Melbourne town, and that is the bottle-o with ideas above its station. Everyone loves a cheeky upstart, and Seddon Wine Store is one of a growing number that have morphed into awesome wine bar. What's better than browsing an awesome selection of bottles, both Aussie and international, than browsing while sipping on one of said tipples and washing down nibblies at a great wooden bar? Win Win. Seddon.
Spanish for 'tasty', Sabroso is Seddon's palace of tapas and delivers exactly what it promises on the tin. But it's not just the morsels of chorizo or the chocolate dripping churros that get the lips smacking in this rather slick bar, with its polished concrete floors and thick hanging drapes. The wine list is a small but perfectly formed corker that's makes a pitch perfect accompaniment to the Spanish fare with flare. Seddon.
Way up in Melbourne's North West, in the spiritual home of Dame Edna Everage, Strangeloves Wine Bar is a joint of shining magnificence. Not only is it named after Kubrick's masterpiece of satirical genius, it also puts the power firmly in the hand of the punters, asking the first four guests to choose their two fav reds and whites form a rather fine list, with the price of each bottle being divided by four to decide that day's by the glass list. Love the bomb! Moonee Ponds.
Ok, so this is more of a pub, though an award-winning one at that, with Melbourne's foodies tripping over themselves to get on board. The reason it makes the grade is that enviably taste bud whetting wine list. You tell me what local pub has around 100 varietals on offer, with about 30 by the glass, taking in the finest France, Spain and Italy have to offer, as well as local champions? That's right, the Station has earned its stripes. Footscray.
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