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Discover Your Local: Bespoke Wine Bars

We are very fortunate in Melbourne to have an excellent selection of atmospheric wine bars within walking distance from most of our homes. These are a few of our favourites that we recommend you try, just as soon as we are able.

As remote as it might seem at the moment, it won’t be too long until we can venture outside our homes to catch up with friends. Even when we can go beyond a five kilometre radius, it would be great to support some of our local businesses. With daylight savings just around the corner, enjoying a glass of wine with a few good friends in the late afternoon and evening will be just the thing to lift our spirits.

We are very fortunate in Melbourne to have an excellent selection of atmospheric wine bars within walking distance from most of our homes. These are a few of our favourites that we recommend you try, just as soon as we are able.


Oozing with Parisian charm, Bouzy is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the adjacent King’s Arcade which allows tables and revelers to spill out from the cosy wine bar setting. While patrons are often there for just a drink and a chat, many stay longer to enjoy bistro dining with a definitive French flavour.

Mr Curtis

Decorated with an eclectic mix of furniture focused on comfort, atmosphere is not lacking in Mr Curtis’ bayside venue. In addition to the generous interior spaces, the surrounding verandah and upstairs balcony are simply idyllic for enjoying a glass of wine while watching the sun set slowly over the bay.

Hampton Wine Co

We may not be able to travel to other countries but our palettes can, with the vast selection of wines from around the world available by the bottle or glass at the Hampton Wine Co. With a background in fine dining, the experienced owners love talking about their wines and offering suggestions to thirsty customers.

Wilsons Wine Cellar

Possessing an inviting casual vibe in keeping with the bayside, Wilsons Wine Cellar is a neighbourhood favourite with a happy hour every day. Pairing a great selection of wine with fresh, delicious food, the owner’s keep it interesting by creating a number of special theme nights throughout the year.

Bellota Wine Bar

Finding a wine to suit even the most discerning of palates is never an issue at Bellota with their access to the 3500 bottles of wine at the neighbouring Prince Wine Store. Choose a bottle and then take it through to the European inspired bar and courtyard to enjoy with a wide assortment of snacks, antipasto or even a main meal.

The Hills

Filled with the rustic charm of exposed bricks and warm timber, The Hills is owned by a team of specialists who really know their wine. Choose from the more than 200 bottles of wine or from a list of 20 by the glass wines that change weekly. To accompany the wine, there is a menu of pizzas, charcuterie, cheeses and other light snacks available.


While not the traditional cosy wine bar, Prohibition, set within a stately former bank building, is the ideal venue for larger gatherings with its generous spaces and atmospheric function rooms. They offer a wide range of wines, craft beers and an assortment of cocktails in addition to a varied food menu.

Tom Pockett Cellars

A local institution just around the corner from Central Park, Tommy Pockett specialises in wines from a small batch of family owned wineries. Every Friday evening patrons can listen to live music while they sample the wines and enjoy tasting snacks and main courses from the frequently changing menu.

Sons of Mary

Exuding warmth and comfort, the sensational design of Sons of Mary utilises a palette of timber, exposed bricks and steel with exceptional flair. You can start the evening with a drink at the bar, on the high tables or on a comfy sofa and finish the evening with a relaxed dinner in the restaurant area.

Lina’s Bistro

A French bistro with a Mauritian flavour, Lina’s is also an inviting wine bar offering a wide selection of wines by the glass from Australia, New Zealand and France. If you are feeling puckish while imbibing, they also have a range of small snacks on the bar menu. And every Saturday night is jazz night with live jazz from Christophe Genoux.

The Advocate

A bespoke cocktail bar and restaurant, The Advocate’s elegant décor exemplifies the owner’s background in design. Inspired by her son’s legal profession, the law library theme provides a comfortable background for enjoying the extensive wine and cocktail list and the internationally inspired Tapas menu.

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