Melbourne Wine Room
125 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC
03 9525 5599
Housed in St Kilda's iconic George Hotel, Melbourne Wine Room (MWR) has built its reputation on its love of wine.
“We like to share our enthusiasm for both popular and lesser known winemakers,” says owner Paul Raynor, a 24-year hospitality industry veteran. “New vintages, interesting varietals, new and old world wines; so the list takes this into consideration along with the change in seasons, the menu and wine trends.”
The comprehensive list of wines by the glass is a must for those eager to try a new drop. The rotating list introduces patrons to some intriguing and wonderful wines, giving the opportunity to sample fleetingly to your heart’s content. The exploration of wine also drives the ongoing wine dinners at MWR which celebrate key winemaking regions and showcases Australian wine making personnel along with tailored menus to great acclaim! Continuing with beverages, there is a strong spirits & cocktail list and a range of beers to satisfy all palates.
Built in 1857, the building has a rich and chequered history. Originally built as a terminus hotel, it has survived multiple reincarnations, as a family residence, hotel and music venue, before closing for a period of time. It has been transformed to its former glory, following restoration, as a notable part of St Kilda’s entertainment precinct. Much of the interior décor dating from 1925 remains, and is respectfully maintained in the main bar – mosaic floor tiling, beautiful large arched windows and high, expansive ceilings all add to the relaxed sophistication of the room. “Melbourne Wine Room is a blend of historical architecture and contemporary vibrancy,” says Paul. “It is ideal for a myriad of occasions from casual drinks, intimate gatherings, corporate meetings to milestone celebrations.”
Melbourne Wine Room also focuses on fantastic, uncomplicated, flavoursome dishes to complement its liquid assets – there is a café next door offering lighter fare from breakfast, morning tea and lunch with an abundance of sweet treats throughout the day. Whilst the main bar has plenty to satisfy the taste buds from the ‘nibble & tipple’ small bite to eat with matched wine, chalkboard specials and the bar menu that encourages both shared items to delicious seasonal dishes and let’s not forget the complimentary bar snacks at 6pm!
A private dining room is also available for parties up to 34 guests seated or up to 60 for a cocktail event – there’s definitely a broad appeal due to the modern Australian cuisine fused with European influences and the multifaceted nature of the business.
Melbourne Wine Room is a seven day operation firmly woven into the tapestry of St Kilda. Enjoy this charming establishment, take in the idyllic setting and kick back – find a quiet spot or mingle with a throng of friends and watch as MWR comes into its own.