Paddington locals had long been calling out for a wine bar. And in 2021, they received one – in a former clothing store on Given Terrace.
Eli Rami and Sam Holman – who also run Latrobe Terrace coffee haunt, Blackout – converted the three-storey space into a modern, airy stunner with white exposed brick walls, intricate cornicing, a tiled bar and timber panelling. During the day, open glass windows allow plenty of natural light in. And at night, the space is moody and dimly lit.
Upstairs, a leather lounge and a few tables offer a bird’s eye view of the bar (they’re arguably the best seats in the house). Downstairs, a large private dining table sits in sight of the impressive underground cellar.
The by-the-glass list includes rotating classics (like Barossa shiraz and Provence rosé), alongside natural drops and alternative varieties, which might include Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc and a Ravensworth sangiovese. Outside of that, the 450-bottle cellar is filled with rare burgundies, barolos and cult Australian wines.
Rami and Holman worked closely with Fino Foods and Saison Salumi to develop a simple offering of small plates, cheese and charcuterie. Think Olasagasti anchovies with toasted sourdough; squid ink and truffle salumi with guindilla peppers; and grilled buffalo haloumi with quince and fresh honeycomb.