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The City Wine Shop makes for a great long fancy lunch, however, the price tag here is incredibly reasonable for a place whose neighbours include Melbourne institutions The Supper Club and The European. The staff here are wine connoisseurs and they want to talk wine. They are more than happy to help recommend a bottle to go with your European-inspired meal. It’s a great spot for an outside lunch or an indoor wine haunt when you want to hide from the elements. It’s all about wine, wine, wine here - all you need to worry about is whether you want red, white or sparkling and the staff will fill in the blanks.The City Wine Shop is much more than a shop for grape fiends, it is also lovely wine bar in which to sit about and drink, feeling very grown up indeed. The prime position is a stool against the long central bar – it's you and your new friends on one side and the finest international and local wines on the other. Need advice? Find sommelier queen Lisa Jenkins and tell her we sent you. An oft-changing list of by-the-glass options means you may never see the same offering twice. The plethora of three legged silver stools on the street-front provide a place to see and be seen while you bask in the yellow glow of stoic Parliament House, getting a little sideways in the afternoon. Or get in early in the evening for a space at the large communal table in the 'cellar' out back, where you will be sharing space with boxes of French Champagne and slabs of craft beer (there's ten on offer from Sierra Nevada to Feral Hop Hog). Blackboard covered walls present the menu scrawled in white chalk. Nibble on cheesy polenta chips or spicy jerk chicken wings, perhaps something a little more filling if you're in for the long haul, a spanner crab risotto might do. It matches perfectly with a lightly chilled Roussane the handsome young bartender is just dying to tell you about.





Updated on 3 Nov 2015.

By Nola James   |  

City Wine Shop details

159 Spring St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9654 6657

Nearby Stations: Parliament

Open Mon, Tue 7am-11pm; Wed-Fri 7am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-11pm

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