Underwood Wine Bar is a New York-style wine bar in Fitzroy North | Source: Concrete Playground

Decadent Drops: The 10 Best Wine Bars in Melbourne

While most of us enjoy a good glass of wine from the comfort of our homes, you can’t beat the experience and atmosphere of a high-end wine bar. And luckily for those in Melbourne, the cultural hub is known for its thriving bar scene.

In the capital of Victoria, it used to be that serving a good wine alone was enough to corral oenophiles to an establishment. Nowadays, however, the best wine bars in Melbourne provide far more than just an enticing list of tipples – they also boast superior service, fantastic food, decadent decor and a great atmosphere.

So, whether you’re looking to enjoy a high-quality glass of refreshing rosé or a crisp white, make sure you pay a visit to one of the best wine bars in Melbourne.


122 Russell Street, Melbourne

Striving for an uncomplicated yet passionate approach to food and wine, Chef Dave Verhuel’s wood-fired oven and owner Christian McCabe’s boutique wine list is a match made in dining heaven. Embla delivers a wonderfully welcoming vibe that feels like an extension of your lounge where moody interiors and friendly staff make this wine bar in Melbourne a place you’ll want to frequent more than once.


297 Lygon Street, Carlton

A modern take on the classic Italian enoteca, this 50-seat wine bar is a sultry, stylish space designed by award-winning architect and interior designer Chris Connell. The 180-plus bottle wine list is a mix of new and old from Italy and Australia that features some rarer drops and the food menu is spread with Italian classics including house-made pasta.

Neighbourhood Wine

1 Reid Street, Fitzroy North

Pair a passion for seasonality and simplicity with wines that promote minimal intervention and lo-fi practices and you’ve got yourself this comfortably niche wine bar in Melbourne. The handsome space is spread with vintage bar stools, tapestries and brass, and an extensive 20-page wine list curated by Simon Denman boasts a selection of natural wines, impressive imports and lesser-known local drops.


53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Chef Andrew McConnell’s Gertrude Street residence delivers an impressive and comprehensive wine list straight from the cellar of Cutler & Co next door. The selections pair perfectly with a daily changing menu that ranges from share plates to larger dishes. Inside, you get a neighbourhood vibe with relaxed industrial-style decor and a layout that’s spilt between an open kitchen and a small-curved bar with a mixture of seating, standing and leaning space.

Underwood Wine Bar

181 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

If you’re after a New York-style wine bar, Underwood is the place where a warm and intimate setting features exposed brick and plenty of wood. The food and drink celebrate small local producers and businesses and the wine list focuses on boutique winemakers and brewers from around the state with the addition of extra wines sourced nationally.

Gerald’s Bar

386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Standing as neighbourhood royalty, this multiple award-winning wine bar is bursting with character and personality, offering a cosy and lively atmosphere lined with art-filled decor. The extensive wine list spans around 200 bottles and the complimentary menu changes on a daily basis.

The Carlton Wine Room

172-174 Faraday Street, Carlton 

Sitting on a treasured corner in old Carlton, this chic wine bar/bistro lives in a 19th-century building where a warm, welcoming ambience travels across a ground-floor cellar room, multiple function rooms and a front bar. You’ll find a balanced 100-bottle wine list that has something for every taste and an impressive menu created by head chef John Paul Twomey.

Bar Liberty

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

If you’re in search of the wonderful trifecta of wine, cocktails and food, you can’t look past this classy yet casual wine bar. On top of a selection of exquisite wines from Australia’s most flourishing regions, the restaurant also features a range of snacks, meats, and share plates. Whatever the occasion, Bar Liberty offers three different spaces available for exclusive use including a private dining room, a wine cellar and an outdoor courtyard.

The Alps Wine Bar

64 Commercial Road, Prahran

Named after the European Alps region, The Alps offers a 400-plus wine library specialising in wines from vineyards in the area such as Burgundy, Alto Adige, and Veneto. The warm and intimate wine bar also has an extensive selection of natural Australian wines as well as classic cocktails and beers and a food menu that is very wine-centric.

City Wine Shop

159 Spring Street, Melbourne

In the heart of Melbourne’s bustling CBD, the chic yet minimalist City Wine Shop gets close to the authentic wining and dining experience of a traditional Italian wine bar. Combing both a retail wine shop and bar, it offers a balanced selection of local and European wines with take-home options as well as a dine-in service. The drinks list is paired with smaller share plates, bar snacks and cheeses much of which are supplied by the Spring Street Grocer next door.

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