A wine bar is a slippery thing to define. Should it only serve wine? What if it has restaurant-style seating and takes bookings?

We've taken the guesswork out. Without exception, these are places where vino is taken very seriously, and if you ask, the staff will be able to guide you. Most of the time, cheese and other European fare is part of the package.

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Etta

Worth it for the bread and burnt butter alone.

60 Lygon Street
Brunswick East VIC 3057

Henry Sugar

A rustic wine bar from two experienced hospo names.

298 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC 3054

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

Harry & Frankie

Sit in or takeaway.

317 Bay Street
Port Melbourne VIC

The Milton

A buzzing, timber-clad cocoon.

134 Ormond Road
Elwood VIC 3184