The unnervingly high chance of having your train delayed by half an hour because of an ‘altercation’ at Frankston Station is enough of a deterrent for going out this winter without the drinks themselves being as cold as a Tasmanian summer. Fortunately, we’ve pulled together a list of all the places you can drink mulled wine and cider this chilly season, so while your outsides are cold, your insides don’t have to be.
Ain’t nothing better than mulled wine. Except maybe $10 mulled wine?! Smack bang in the heart of Fitzroy is Baxter’s Lot, a homage to its namesake who was a leading pioneer in Melbourne during the late 19th century. More importantly, this sophisticated Bohemian lounge bar serves up a range of bevs, including the age-old remedy for a chilly night out-mulled wine.
Feast Of Merit
Richmond’s resident paddock to plate eatery, Feast Of Merit, has pulled together a wintery brew of cardamom, star anise, dried dates, cinnamon and Cointreau that’s both delicious and has a conscience, as all profits raised go towards education for disadvantaged youth.
Henry And The Fox
This winter in the CBD you can wet your whistle with mulled wine AND mulled cider. Knock off work and head over to Henry & The Fox to line your tum with some tasty treats such as freshly baked doughnuts, hot pizzas and smoked salmon bagels, before sinking a few flagons of mulled wine and cider.
While you’re in the CBD, you may as well hit up Highlander Bar for their scrumptious mulled wine and mac & cheese. There are whispers of hot buttered rum making an appearance this month, which sounds like a fab reason to leave work early this week...
For something a little different, pop around to Howler for a tall glass of their mulled mead in front of an open fire in Brunswick’s favourite unassuming warehouse. Take in their ENORM conceptual steel tree on the building’s exterior and treat yo’ self to a few plates of the Asian hawker-style tapas.
It’s no surprise that Madame Brussels have added mulled wine to their extensive cocktail menu this winter, it may however come as a surprise that the toasty bev is served in fine china and infused with figs and strawberries.
Milk The Cow
There’s already 6752 reasons to visit Milk The Cow in Carlton without them adding mulled wine to the list. Their traditional German take on the hot drink means you’ll enjoy Glühwein with aniseed stars, whole nutmeg, cardamom pods and a lil hint of citrus. You’ll even get a free nip on arrival but you’ll want about four more glasses by the time you’ve finished your twelfth baked camembert.
Naked For Satan
Thankyou bb Jezuz for the heavenly spice-heavy mulled wine at Naked For Satan! Their secret hot bevvy recipe, combined with the killer views of Brunswick Street, make for a sinisterly good night out this winter.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Milk The Cow is ReWine, Brunswick East’s resident wine bar. This sommelier's paradise promises to pour tall glasses of mulled wine all winter long. They’ve even set up shop at the Winter Night Markets this chilly season, just keep an eye out for their yuge neon mulled wine sign.
Forget finger warmers, get yourself a glass of classically-spiced and toasty warm mulled wine at Riverland Bar on Birrarung Marr. With some of the best views of the city’s riverfront (and its insane winter rowers) there isn’t a more iconic place to sip on some mulled wine in the city.
Don't feel like going out? Here's how to make up some mulled wine at home.