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Enoteca Centro is an airy-open plan wine bar hidden from the bustle of Hay Street. Its courtyard is a welcome balm for CBD workers seeking something different to the moody, corporate-chic bars that populate the city centre. It’s bathed in the dappled sunlight of surrounding trees and warm red brick of the Wesley Uniting Church, creating the ambience of an Italian piazza.

For co-owner Brendan Jansen, a “master of wine”, Enoteca Centro is about sharing his love for the drop. But he insists that this is a snob-free zone. (“Enoteca” means “wine library”, and in Italy they’re considered a vital community gathering space).

Here, you can sample the bar’s Italian wine flight or take a deep dive into Western Australian wines. Alongside the 130-bottle strong wine list, which is broken down by taste, there’s a menu of European-inspired share plates that changes with the seasons. You might expect the kind of fresh, vibrant dishes you’d slowly indulge in while sipping chilled wine in the sun (think burrata with pickled fennel, lemon and mint). For city workers heading home after eight hours of fluorescent lights and screen-time, a taste of European relaxation at Enoteca Hour is the ideal antidote.

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Updated: May 23rd, 2024

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