Margot Wine Bar

4:00pm - 11:00pm
14 Hargraves Street Castlemaine 3450


wine bar
bar food

Meg Courtney Hawke and Marcus Mahoney’s friendship is pushing 20 years. They used to catch up at Melbourne’s Tramway Hotel once a week, say they’d drink just one glass of rosé, but then often stay for a few.

When Meg moved to Castlemaine, she found herself wanting to repeat this school-night tradition and couldn’t find a go-to spot. So she got Mahoney to join her in the country and they opened Margot Wine Bar inside the heritage-listed Butterworth, which operated as a store from 1857 and then a pub from 1874.

Margot has a cosy vintage aesthetic. New wooden booth seatings hark back to 1920s diner days, made by local sculptor Mark Anstey of Lot 19. Anstey also hand-built the bar and tables from reclaimed timber, adding an old church pew along one wall and maintaining the original rendered brick walls and front windows. There’s a second dining room out the back, and a courtyard beyond.

Aside from being the kind of place to enjoy wine and cheese post-dusk, Margot also fills that awkward afternoon gap when most cafes are closed and restaurants aren’t open yet. This means you can pop by for a coffee or tea from 4pm.

The food menu includes a classic cheeseburger with fries; lasagne with salad; kimchi fried chicken with slaw; and crispy pork gyoza. Local pastry wizard Johnny Baker makes a chocolate pecan pie for the bar’s dessert menu, and specials are scrawled on the blackboard out front.