You know the score…a cold Friday night in Winter and you’re looking for somewhere romantic to wine and dine the special person in your life.
It has to be warm, moody, secluded and, well, romantic! There is nothing better than a glass of red and a grazing plate enjoyed in a cosy booth in the depths of a secluded bar – here are five of our favourites:
Born of the love of wine, food and warm hospitality, Maeve Wine
on Melbourne Street brings a taste of Europe to South Brisbane. The passion project of three friends, head upstairs to a versatile space to find bar seating along with dining room options in stylish surrounds of dark wooden table settings, large windows displaying city views and drop globe lighting.
Offering snacks, share plates and substantial mains from a European-inspired menu, devour charred prawns, nduja butter and lemon, or flank steak, pepper sauce and onion rings.
Pop the cork on good food and times at new wine bar and dining destination on the Wynnum block at Adelita
on Glenora Street. This stylish venue near the waterfront offers alfresco dining under striped umbrellas and green awnings, ideal for people watching with a glass of vino in hand; while indoors boasts a lush green colour palette, timber tones and a signature marble-topped bar under softly glowing pendent lights.
Graze on plates of torched bonito, kimchi oil and smoked vinegar, or smoked lamb belly, apple wine caramel, fermented cabbage and apple miso; finish sweetly with smoked chocolate mousse and coffee mascarpone.
A long time in the making, City Winery Brisbane
brings the grapes to Fortitude Valley…you bring the party. This multi-functioning venue on Wandoo Street is Brisbane’s first inner-city winery since 1860, boasting two dining options, a working micro-winery and cellar in a rustic converted warehouse; while sipping a cold one at barrel tables alfresco beckons on balmy days.
Choose to fine dine with the Fireside Experience, while for a more laid-back casual vibe, head to The Winery and dine among the wine barrels, filled with Gerler wines, from menus showcasing seasonal, locally sourced produce.
Get to know your neighbours over a drink or two at new bar on the Leichhardt block, Otis
on iconic Norton Street. An impressive drinks list and food to satisfy all appetites await at this fun and funky venue, ideal for unwinding with friends or making new connections in rustic surrounds of distressed timber, trailing greenery and a lively atmosphere.
Pull up a stool at the open window and watch the street action while sipping a signature Funky Fruit Salad Tiki cocktail along with eats such as a seven cheese truffle toastie, with pickled onion and hot honey.
Camberwell locals drop by Running Postman Wine Bar
on Camberwell Road for all things wine, along with cocktails and share-style fine food. Enjoy the renowned ever-popular wine wall with more than 500 labels of Australian and Italian wines to choose from along with local and imported beer, spirits and liqueurs.
Premium wine-tasting nights monthly and bottomless lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are perfect chances to catch up with friends over share plates such as lime and honey chicken ribs and the ever so popular sticky date pudding dessert.