It used to be that a killer line-up of wines – by the glass and bottle – was enough to make a wine bar noteworthy. Now, it’s the bare minimum. The wine bars in this guide have the food, decor and ambience to match their wines. Above all, though, they’re fun.

Unlike in restaurants, wines don’t play second fiddle here – they’re the star. Sure, you’re likely to find your favourite classic varietals, but these venues will also push you to try (and enjoy) the latest in biodynamic, organic and natural wines.

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Kirk’s Wine Bar

Settle into a bentwood chair and pretend you're in Europe.

Corner Hardware Lane and Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC

City Wine Shop

Sit in or take a bottle home.

159 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

South Press Wine House

Beef and banquettes.

27 Toorak Road
South Yarra VIC 3141

The Milton

A buzzing, timber-clad cocoon.

134 Ormond Road
Elwood VIC 3184