Lums Wine Bar
Lums is a 120-person wine bar based on a simple premise: serving great wines in a welcoming setting. The bar’s name is a nod to the Hay Street building’s early custodians, Emily and Charles Lums, who ran their eponymous grocery store at the site from as early as 1916.
The wine list hosts around 60 bottles, of which you can try about 20 by the glass. Whether you’re after an Odinstal riesling, raised on basalt soil in Germany, or something more local like a Si Vintners skin-contact wine from Margaret River, Lums has it covered. You’ll also find a rotating list of fortified wines, and usual cocktails, beers and non-alc options.
The food menu draws on Spanish flavours and techniques, and you might start on boquerones (raw anchovies marinated in vinegar) with sourdough and cultured butter, or gooey burrata with charred peaches and heirloom tomato salad. Move on to heartier fare like kangaroo with cherry blossom gel, beetroot, turnip and saltbush, or pillowy gnocchi tossed through mushrooms.
The warm and inviting space maintains some of the building’s heritage character, with original jarrah floorboards and a ceiling lined with exposed timber beams. Aside from the main dining area, there’s an upstairs space reserved for functions, and a parklet out front for sunny Subiaco days that scream rosé.
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