The glacial cold-fronts that have swept across Melbourne this winter haven’t deterred the city’s food and wine enthusiasts in the slightest. With more delicious reasons to head out into the winter night than ever before, it’s simply a matter of rug up or deal with a severe case of FoMO.
And as the promise of spring looms ever closer with each hint of sunshine, now is the time to embrace the chill and make the most of some of the city’s best winter-worthy events and establishments.
Now in its second year, the European Night Market held in Madam Brussels Lane – unrelated to the cocktail venue on Bourke St – brings the best of Europe’s food and drink to the CBD every Friday night.
There are myriad delectable treats on offer including freshly-baked pretzels, crème brulee, Flammkuchen and Greek donuts. Warm up with a mulled wine or Italian aperitivo whilst enjoying live music and entertainment. The market is open from 5pm to 10pm, and runs until Friday, August 12. www.madamebrusselslane.com.au
In celebration of International Beer Day, Press Club Projects is hosting a beer-inspired tasting degustation on Friday, August 5.
Development chef Reuben Davis is creating the beer-themed menu in co-ordination with guest brewery Hargreaves Hill which will explore the depth of craft beer. Tickets are $160pp and include a six-course menu with matched beers. Reservations via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented as part of the inaugural FLAIR Melbourne event, the Progressive Tasting Degustation is a moveable feast featuring art, food, wine and entertainment in celebration of the city and its art scene. With food by Ed Dixon, Cumulus, Pei Modern, and an equally impressive wine list, this is a not-to-be-missed event for art lovers and foodies alike. There are two sessions available, one beginning at 6pm and one beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $100pp and strictly limited. Tickets via www.flairmelbourne.com
The familiar and cosy confines of Embla are a warm welcome on a chilly night. The unassuming air and quietly-accomplished wine list will impress on your first visit to this wine bar, but the genuine care and authenticity of staff can only be appreciated on second, third and fourth visits. Both, however, keep you coming back. This winter has seen the wine bar adopt a from-the-earth theme, which has brought with it slow-cooked and spicy food and dark wines. 122 Russell St.
Boilermaker House is the place to go when in the mood for whisky. With 860 bottles on offer, in addition to a range of different cheeses and cured meats, the relaxed and comfortable vibe makes it easy to settle in for the night. If whisky is not to your taste, there’s a selection of wintry cocktails and warm, mulled cider. 209-211 Lonsdale St.