Loc Bottle Bar
Loc Bottle Bar is a physical progression of owner Olivia Moore’s online bottle shop, which launched during the nationwide shutdown of 2020. The result is a merging of both concepts (the venue’s tongue-in-cheek Instagram bio says “Kinda like a bottle shop, but a bar instead”).
Inside, a shelf on the back wall holds 150-odd bottles of low-intervention wine (Loc stands for left-of-centre) divided into old and new world (Moore name-checks French label La Boheme – by winemaker Patrick Bijou – as a favourite). Guests can select the wine they want straight off the shelf – much like you would in a retail space – or leave the choice in the staff’s hands.
In the open layout space, there's no service bar, removing the usual barrier between staff and guests. Just an electric-blue communal bar table plus bench seating along one wall.
Moore and interior designer Claire Markwick-Smith (of Kipfler) have stripped the former hairdressing salon back to expose the green concrete floor and textured walls, on which hang a curated display of lino prints – available for sale – by local artist Loique Allain.
The petite space has no room for a kitchen, so staff plate up small bites devised by chef Maria Delengas (Bloom, ex-Nido). Past snacks have included olives, pickles, smokey seeds, saucisson, French cheese and crackers.