Melbourne – perhaps the only city in Australia that never sleeps?

Known for alleyways and black fashion, great restaurants and inclement weather. It also is home to some of Australia’s best wine bars.

Here’s a short list of some of our favourites!


Neighbourhood Wine

1 Reid St, Fitzroy North

You want the choice of over 500 wines? Whiskeys you’ve never heard of? Beers so bitter they melt your face off? All served in an old secret gambling den that was formerly run by one of Melbourne’s infamous crime families?
You’re welcome.

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City Wine Shop

159 Spring St, Melbourne

The veteran of the wine bar scene in Melbourne, and still going strong today. An increidbly deep cellar, jammed to the rafters with the classics of the wine world, often with years under their belt.
Head here for rare Champagnes, single vineyard Barolos and hard-to-find Burgundies.

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Embla

122 Russell St, Melbourne

The new wave. AN instant hit in the middle of town, Embla is more than just a wine bar – it’s a casual restaurant that just happens to have some of the trendiest wines around.

A great list with friendly staff and excellent food. Tops.

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The Moon

28A Stanley St, Collingwood

The Moon is more bottleshop than winebar, but you can still sit in and munch on a toastie whilst enjoying a far-out natural wine from Georgia, the Loire Valley and closer to home.

Friendly prices and enthusiastic staff seal the deal.

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Mr West

106 Nicholson St, Footscray

With a strong focus on the burgeoning craft beer scene, wihtout forgetting a great little selection of wines, Mr West really kicked off the reinvigoration of drinking in Footscray.

Drink in or take away, and be guided by the energetic staff, who always have a great suggestion on hand.

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Bar Liberty

234 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Full disclosure – the author of this article is a co-owner of Bar Liberty…but don’t worry about that, there’s plenty of other people who will tell you that Bar Liberty is one of the best wine bars in the world! (or at least Melbourne)
Another one that straddles the line between restaurant and wine bar, the food here is as much of a draw as the wine.

A big selection of aged wines at great prices, and plenty of interesting beers, sakes and spirits as well.

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