No longer just the domain of bustling cities, hip wine and cocktail bars are dotting their way around regional Victoria, giving visitors to the regions another reason to stay that extra day in their favourite regional location:
GEELONG AND THE BELLARINE
Geelong Cellar Door
Geelong Cellar Door is a wine bar and cellar door that oozes comfort and patriotism. It has an emphasis on the pouring and selling of Geelong region wine, with every item on the wine list a local drop. With its open fire and expansive wall dedicated to Geelong wine, enjoy a lazy afternoon with a charcuterie plate, cheese and a warming glass of local red. 97-99 Little Malop Street, Geelong.
Noble Rot Wine Store and Bar
Noble Rot Wine Store and Bar resides on ‘Lonnie’s’ main strip and offers a range of local and imported wines and fortifieds. With a selection of wines by the glass and a 3D wall of wine serving as the wine list, this boutique wine bar serves Mediterranean-style grazing plates to while away the day in picturesque Point Lonsdale. 51 Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale.
The Corporate Moose
This new contemporary bar offers a vast range of exciting whisky, liqueurs, craft beers and cocktails, and a menu with an American street food influence. Level 1, 72 Langtree Avenue Mildura, Ph: +61 3 5022 8608.
The Office Wine Bar & Lounge
With live music every weekend, and some nights during the week, visitors to The Office Wine Bar & Lounge can enjoy a local, interstate or international wine. With home made cakes and delicious coffees, food and drinks can be enjoyed in the beer garden as well as the bar. 41 Langtree Avenue, Mildura.
Mr + Co Wine Bar
A premium venue located in the heart of Mildura under the famous T&G clock. The brand new space has been custom designed and is ready to welcome and impress. Mr+Co Winebar is a contemporary restaurant and winebar with the capacity and flexibility to host lunch, dinner, large and small functions or just casual drinks with friends. The restaurant delivers a range of classic and modern fusion food that will engage and excite everyone from the serious foodie to the casual diner. Of course, it wouldn’t be a winebar without an impressive range of wines from all around the world. 138c Eighth Street, Mildura.
Hop Temple is an elusive bar located down one of the city’s most iconic laneways. Boasting one of the largest ranges of beers in regional Victoria, Hop Temple celebrates the ales from local brewers, international innovators while also offering old favourites. The menu itself features the bar staples (think delicious burgers and schnitzels with gravy) as well as cheesy signature jaffles, gourmet pizzas and salads and a selection of guilt-arousing treats. Behind 24 – 28 Armstrong Street, Ballarat.
Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
This character-filled 120 year-old wine bar is one of the most coveted meeting spots in the city and plays host to several event spaces in its impressive barrel hall and intimate underground cellar. 33 Doveton Street North, Ballarat.
DAYLESFORD & THE MACEDON RANGES
A food and wine haven at the foothills of Mt Macedon, Baringo is home to a modern wine bar. Visitors can taste the best drops from the region and beyond, grab a bite at the provedore, Japanese or European bistro, or take in an art house film in the old-world movie theatre. 283 Station Road, New Gisborne.
Thousand Pound Wine Bar and Store
Reinventing the wine bar genre, Thousand Pound blurs the boundaries between city and country creating funky, affordable vin lists paired with Simon Arkless’s chef-driven fare. Guests can sip and swirl their way through the best wines the region has to offer or venture globally from your seat at the bar. 82 Main Street, Rutherglen.
Mornington Peninsula Brewery
Looking from the outside like a regular industrial building, inside the Mornington Peninsula Brewery is a whole new world. With its distinctive large stainless steel tanks and its bar, dining and outdoor areas, visitors can choose from their traditional range of Pale Ales and Lagers to their new artisanal rage (including a shiraz barrel-aged imperial stout). 72 Watt Rd, Mornington.
Situated on the Esplanade in Cowes, enjoying views across Western Port, Trumpet Bar offers fabulous cocktails, and live music three to four times per week. Serving a range of bar food, it is a great place for visitors and locals to relax as friends at this welcoming venue. 3/16 The Esplanade Cowes, Victoria.
In a hidden bar out the back of Naked Espresso, the Handle Bar is a chilled out, unpretentious bar and beer garden that serves the perfect drop to enjoy some live music and renowned craft beer on tap. 73 Mitchell St, Bendigo.