The chances are that you will have walked past Cumulus Up Wine Bar—Andrew McConnell's stunning CBD vino temple—many times, without knowing that the hidden gem is there. Situated upstairs from the bar's sister venue, Cumulus Inc., on Flinders Lane, the wine-centric venue celebrates all that's good about a tasty drop. One of the only venues in Melbourne to boast a climate controlled cellar, you can guarantee that anything that fills your glass here is going to delight.
An evening-only affair, Cumulus Up Wine Bar pairs local and international wines with a variety of dishes, ranging from small plates to a chef's tasting menu that showcases delicious local produce in four show-stopping courses. If cheese is your thing, the rotating selection makes for a fantastic light snack, and if sharing a bottle over a handful of hearty plates is more your bag, the dry aged club steak is an absolute must (600g of pure, meaty heaven... Yes please!).
Whether it's a pre-show dinner, an after-work glass of wine, or an indulgent date, Cumulus Up's super-stylish setting is perfect for all three. Because nothing says 'Melbourne' quite like a glass of wine in a hidden laneway bar.
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