Set in a classic Victorian building, the recently opened Bellota Wine Bar sits cosily next door to the large Prince Wine Store, which boasts over 3500 bottles that customers no longer have to take home to enjoy.

Now you can buy a bottle and slip beneath the archway into the small, stylish extension of the store, courtesy of wine experts Philip Rich, Michael McNamara and Alex Wilcox.

Travelling and sourcing wines from all corners of the globe for over two decades, the trio also offer an ever-changing selection of wines by the glass, taste and half carafe, which can be enjoyed at the bar, tables or in the light filled courtyard.

Designed by Gerald Diffey of much-loved Melbourne venues Gerald’s Bar and Brooks, the space is intimate, with a distinct European sensibility.

The liquor shelves are well stocked and a large marble bar features the fresh daily seafood selection. An assortment of charcuterie and cheeses compliments a simple all-day menu including snacks and antipasti plates.

For those not willing to share, the main menu is rich in flavour and options. With a selection of quintessentially European dishes such as spaghetti carbonara, French onion soup, grilled minute steak and braised duck legs, you would be hard pressed to leave Bellota Wine Bar without undoing a few buttons.

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Bellota Wine Bar
181 Bank Street, South Melbourne
(03) 9078 8381

Tues to Fri 11am–10pm
Sat 11am–11pm