1. Grossi Florentino's Cellar Bar

Bourke Street stalwart the Cellar Bar is classic Melbourne at its best: outstanding hand-rolled pasta, a warming wine list, strong espresso and perfectly crafted cannoli. Come for comforting Italian food and old-time atmosphere when the rain comes down.
80 Bourke Street, Melbourne

2. City Wine Shop

City Wine Shop brings in the crowds for, naturally, its brilliant selection of wines, amply supported by a nourishing menu of soups, risotto, schnitzel and steak. Gather your friends together beneath the heaters at an outdoor table, defying the elements. Perfect for a pre- or post-theatre refuel.
159 Spring Street, Melbourne

3. Tipo 00

Pasta is the name of the game over winter, so you'll be winning with a sought-after table at Tipo 00. Come out of the cold for superlative squid ink taglione, braised rabbit parpadelle, and the playfully named Tipomisu – Tipo's modern revamp of Italy's classic tiramisu.
361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

4. Bar Margaux

Bar Margaux is a swanky brasserie from the team behind The Everleigh and Heartbreaker, and it’s perfect for a cozy (and slightly boozy) winter dinner. You’ll find it tucked away on Lonsdale St, just near the State Library. Settle into one of the booths and tuck into steak frites, a mammoth Côte de Boeuf, or a silky smooth Irish coffee. The ambience in here is just about as good as it gets.

111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


5. Neighbourhood Wine

A local favourite, Neighbourhood Wine has been going strong for years. That’s partly down to the vino (which is extensive and delicious) and partly down to ambience. Neighbourhood Wine feels like a cozy living room, with timber floorboards, vintage décor, a crackling fire and soft candlelight. Sunday lunches in winter are particularly good – the guys do a cracking Sunday Roast.  
1 Reid Street, Fitzroy North

6. Gerald's Bar

Longstanding yet understated Gerald's Bar brings in cheery locals and discerning foodies alike with its cosy neighbourhood vibe. Start with an aperitif and a cheese platter and move on to a bistro dish of the day. Wine by glass or bottle and plenty of heart-rending charm.
386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

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