Melbourne

Murrumbeena’s New Wine Bar Is the First the Suburb Has Ever Seen

The team also makes a mean cocktail.

Some favourite Australian wines. Photo: provided.

You’ve probably heard of Murrumbeena. You’ve most likely never been there. You’ve definitely never been to a wine bar there.

Murrumbeena Wine Bar is the first ever wine bar in the area, and the brainchild of Ericka Argiris, a woman with a strong passion for
local Australian producers and community values.

Having worked at Crown in her teenage years, and then in bars and restaurants in London, Argiris has both a passion and extensive experience in hospitality.

Covid-19 shattered Argiris’ long term dream of owning and operating a wine bar, but she’s back on her feet and ready to showcase her
newly renovated venue.

The team are excited to finally re-welcome Murrumbeena locals and
the wider Melbourne community alike to enjoy a corner cafe turned bustling bar. The venue features an incredible outdoor laneway, filled with live music, great food and an even better, all-Australian, wine and beer selection.

Set in a 100-year-old building, built between 1920 and 1921 as an investment for George Wardrop, a proprietor of a successful chain of tailors, Murrumbeena Wine Bar is already a location for the history books. The venue has become a local flagship for great food, beverages and entertainment located on the busy intersection of Murrumbeena
Road and Railway Parade.

Complete with dark and moody interiors, historic photographs lining the walls, a rustic timber bar and a modern city-centric courtyard, with street art, lush greenery and a stage for live music, Murrumbeena Wine Bar has it all.

The Courtyard. Photo: provided.

As all wine lovers know, no wine bar is complete without an extensive wine list, a few cheeky cocktails and of course, cheese. Murrumbeena Wine Bar does not disappoint. Wine pairing food including the likes of charcuterie boards and a tapas menu featuring salt and pepper calamari, jalapeno poppers, and baked cheese (a must!).

The bar also keeps things fresh, by offering set days of the week to host collaborations with other local restaurant owners. Community vibes all round.

The wine list is even more enticing. With a strong focus on small, boutique Australian wineries and independent breweries and distilleries saw Argiris handpick her beverage offering, ensuring “every label has a story worth talking about.” You’ll find a unique sparkling like the Australian Women in Wine Award winner Sarah Collingwood’s Four Winds Sparkling Riesling or
bold reds such as a 2019 Sorrenberg Cabernet Sauvignon, a drop from a family with over 500 years of winemaking experience.

If you’re more of a cocktail lover, Murrumbeena Wine Bar covers the classics such as espresso martinis, amaretto sours and spicy margaritas. A crowd favourite, however, is the original Spring Fling, a gin based cocktail featuring mandarin liqueur, lemon juice and organic rhubarb syrup sourced from a small local business.

Being the only bar in the suburb, Ericka Argiris knew she had an opportunity to showcase small and local wine producers, whilst encouraging a sense of community at her venue. Murrumbeena Wine Bar allows customers the chance to try some of the best wines, brews and spirits Australia has to offer, all while creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for the community and wine-lovers across Melbourne to enjoy.

Whether you fancy a Friday knock-off wine with friends,
a few beers and live music on a Saturday night or perhaps you’re on the hunt to find love, Murrumbeena Wine Bar is South East Melbourne’s newest and most exciting venue with personality and heart, ready and waiting for you to come and say hi.

You can find all their opening hours, address and upcoming events here.

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Melbourne

The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâtĂ© and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

Photo: @nicos.melbourne

Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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