Drink

The Alps Wine Shop & Bar 
A short stroll from Prahran Market, the Alps is a snowfield-themed wine bar that lists wines by “difficulty” – green run wines are approachable and easy drinking, and double black run wines are for those that prefer a challenge. It’s cool and cosy, and all the bottles are available to take away.

The Alps Wine Shop & Bar
64 Commercial Road, Prahran

Hours
Mon & Tue, 12pm-9pm 
Wed to Sun, 12pm-11pm

Cumulus Up
The wine bar above Cumulus Inc. It’s more about the drinks up here than downstairs, but there’s more enough food available to make a meal of. Order the duck waffle with fois gras – it’s its signature dish.

Cumulus Up
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Hours
Sun to Thu, 5pm-11pm
Fri & Sat, 4pm-11pm

Siglo 
This rooftop bar overlooking the old Treasury Building is one of Melbourne’s most iconic. Even in winter, it’s packed with people enjoying a drink, snack, or even a cigar.

Siglo
Rooftop, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne

Hours
Daily, 5pm-3am

City Wine Shop 
An Italian-style wine bar that also functions as a retail space. A seriously good selection of wine is available to take away or drink in (for a small corkage fee), plus there’s a range of share plates to order. It’s open early, so a good option for your morning coffee and breakfast, too – keep it European with a croissant or biscotti, or maybe toast or muesli.

City Wine Shop
159 Spring Street, Melbourne

Hours
Mon to Fri, 7am-11.30pm
Sat & Sun, 9am-11.30pm

Gertrude Street Enoteca
Another wine bar/ shop hybrid. Small and cosy, the walls are lined with various bottles from Australia and abroad. The food is simple, farm-to-table fare: poached chicken baguette; tomato and basil salad; and warm olives with fresh goat cheese.

Gertrude Street Enoteca
229 Gertrude Street Fitzroy

Hours
Daily 11am-11pm

We are spoilt for choice in Melbourne when it comes to watering holes. Whether you’re winding down after a long day or starting a night out, we have you covered.

Embla
Like so many venues in Melbourne, Embla blurs the line between wine bar and restaurant. Much of the food is cooked over fire, and the vegetarian options (whole roasted broccoli; creamed corn with charred citrus) are as impressive as the protein. The wine list leans towards the natural and boutique, but there’s plenty to suit every palate.

Embla
122 Russell Street Melbourne

Hours
Mon to Wed 9.30am-midnight
Thu & Fri 9.30am-1am
Sat 4pm-1am
Closed Sun

Bar Liberty
Another wine bar/restaurant hybrid, run by ex. Attica alumni and the Rockwell & Sons crew. The focus is on booze – wine, sour beers, bottled cocktails, and bourbon poured from a ’56 Ford Thunderbird – but don’t ignore the food.

Bar Liberty
234 Johnston Street Fitzroy

Hours
Wed to Sat 5pm-12am
Sun 12pm-10pm
Mon & Tue CLOSED

Bellota 
Bellota is the European-style wine bar attached to Prince Wine Store. It has an impressive by-the-glass list, but you’re welcome to buy a bottle from next door to drink in if you’d prefer – they’ll even waive the $15 corkage fee if the bottle you buy is over $80. For food, there’s an oyster bar displaying the day’s seafood offerings, plus cheese and charcuterie and a range of larger plates and desserts.

Bellota
181 Bank Street South Melbourne

Hours
Tue to Sat 11am-11pm
Sun & Mon Closed

Smalls 
This aptly-named natural wine bar only has space for 24 people. It also only sells wine made by small-batch producers. There’s one beer on tap, and a small list of classic cocktails. There’s a range of snack-sized drinking food, too.

Smalls Bar
20-22 Yarra Place South Melbourne

Hours
Mon 5pm-late
Tue & Wed CLOSED
Thu to Sun 5pm-late

Kirk’s 
There’s Kirk’s the wine bar, with a solid, well-priced drinks list and snacky drinking food; and Kirk’s the pub, which is largely a wine-free zone. Both are excellent choices for a drink in the city.

Kirk's Wine Bar
Corner Hardware Lane & Lt Bourke Melbourne

Hours
Mon to Fri 7.30am-11pm
Sat & Sun 9am-11pm