Restaurants

The Local Wine Bar You Need To Try

By Ella Pleasant - 17 Sep 2014


We all know that nothing soothes the soul quite like a glass of vino. And, after a long day at work, there's nothing we want more than to indulge in a quality drop and tuck into a share plate or two at one of Melbourne's best wine bars. Agreed? Agreed.

Well, my vino-swilling friends, we're going to let you in one of our favourite local spots to do just that. Tucked down Claremont Avenue in Malvern, Allium Food & Wine is one of our favourite Melbourne bars to unwind (and get wined) after a stressful day, well, not drinking wine.

A well-kept secret of Malvern vinophiles, Allium is a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar that boasts a cellar-full of dusty bottles, an impressive 14-strong by the glass offering, and a menu of tasty morsels to boot. Best of all? All this fine drinking and dining won't cost you an arm and a leg.  

Yep, your refined palate (and wallet!) is going to fall in love with this gem of a wine bar in Malvern. Every Thursday night, the friendly folk at Allium delve into the cellar, dust off a bottle of vintage fine wine and sell it by the glass for just $15. Yep, you'll spend a measly $15 for a drop that'd usually cost you a couple of hundred a bottle. It's a killer deal you won't find anywhere else in Melbourne. But friends, be warned: Thursday nights are proving more and more popular, so make sure to pre-book your glass to avoid missing out. 

Not a fan of vino? Never fear, as in addition to a stellar wine list, Allium's drinks list boasts a beverage for every mood and taste. Their cocktails and aperitifs are the perfect way to whet the palate, while their selection of single malts is sure to please whisky lovers. Fancy a brew or two? Allium's drink list features some of the best local and craft brewers, including Prickly Moses in the Otways.

  

With all these tempting tipples, you're surely in need of something to soak it all up. Alongside the killer drinks list, Allium boasts a bar menu of tasty Modern Australian bites. Perch yourself on the bar and tuck into one of their famed house-smoked duck ham rolls, or, for a totally decadent snack, go for a bowl of pork crackling spiked with seven spice. Yum! Their croquettes, filled with curried smoked eel or creamy-dreamy leek and Gruyere, are particularly moreish, too. And don't even get us started on their air-dried wagyu beef bresaola, served with horseradish, oyster cream and puffed beef tendon. Don't know where to start? Heck, wine o'clock is no time for decisions – order the lot!

Fancy some fromage with that fine wine? Allium's cheese menu means serious business, featuring eight cheeses sourced from the top producers around the world. In fact, Allium's dedication to dairy is so strong that, on the third Wednesday of every month, they host Hump Day Cheese Masterclasses, where guests can sample and savour the world's best artisan cheeses expertly paired with a different tipple every month. And guess what…the next one's tonight! Cancel your plans, gather your clan and head to Allium for a night of fromage and fine wine from Frogmore Creek Estate in Tasmania. We'll see you there, Listers!

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by Allium Food & Wine and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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