It’s a winter tradition, and Melbourne does it well. Here's where to find the best mulled wine in town.
The Winter Night Market
Roaring fire pits, winter comfort food, roving performers and free entertainment. Enjoy all this and more at the iconic Winter Night Market. Your visit just isn't complete without a glass of spicy mulled wine, served straight from seemingly bottomless simmering pots at ReWine. Feeling adventurous? Try warm butter beer and mulled ginger beer.
Vikings, cocktail theatrics and mulled wine are a match made in heaven at Mjølner. The blazing glögg is a spicy mix of cognac, port and cranberry. Watch the bartender build a stream of fire from a wine glass in front of your very eyes. Then sip the warming bevvy with a teabag of house spices.
Chuckle Park Bar
Head to Melbourne's most adorable hidden laneway bar for mulled wine under a floral canopy. $14 will get you a deliciously hot mug packed with cloves, cinnamon and more warming winter spices. Visit during happy hour from 3 to 7pm, Tuesday to Friday to get the goods for just $10!
Winter Igloos at The Wharf Hotel
Melbourne's pop-up igloo wonderland returns to The Wharf Hotel for another winter. Cosy up beneath a sky of twinkling fairy lights in your own private igloo. Get warm with mulled wine and baked brie to start. Then move onto hearty mains like braised lamb shank, schnitzel and gnocchi. You'll also find hot cider, espresso martinis and boozy hot chocolates on the menu.
With its shipping container bar and laneway location, you’ll have a peak Melbourne experience at Section 8. Their mulled wine concoction is is inspired by German Gluhwein for major Euro winter vibes. Think a mixture of triple sec, brandy, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and cardamom.
Don't let the chill stop you from dining outdoors, just pull up a seat under Riverland's heaters and and get toasty. The waterside beer garden has been given a cosy winter makeover, right down to the drinks menu. Wrap your hands around a hot glass of mulled wine. Or indulge in boozy Milo and Biscoff cocktails.
While you’re in Tattersalls Lane, go for a change of scenery at Ferdydurke. This NYC-style loft space is also from the crew behind Section 8. Their winter offering is a little different to mulled wine, but just as warming. The New York Sour is served in a fiery combo of Four Pillars shiraz gin, bourbon, vanilla and lemon.
The Rink at RISING
The retro ice-skating rink is back for RISING. Follow the trail of lights along Birrarung Marr to find the big top and seek a spot by the fire. Warm up with wood-fired pizza, boozy hot chocolate and mulled wine. Then take a spin around the rink under a solar system of glowing orbs.
Soar 300m into the sky and take in the sparkling city lights while sipping a free mug of hot mulled wine. Is there a better way to spend a winter's night? Skydeck's winter happy hour is back from 6pm to 9pm on weekdays. $25 gets you entry to the observation deck, a free bev and of course, stellar views of the Melbourne skyline.
The Raclette Igloo Experience
Get toasty in a glowing igloo with city views and hot mulled wine at the Raclette Igloo Experience. To make this French-style winter wonderland extra cosy, feast on mountains of melted cheese and toast marshmallows on your very own private fire pit. Bookings are available for groups of 6 to 8 people.
Rain or shine, it doesn’t take much convincing to get a crew together for more-ish Mexican at Hello José. The classic mulled wine is loaded with cloves, cinnamon and star anise. If you’re looking to clear the nasal passages, add a José twist with a shot of aged Añejo tequila.
Just as winter is the time for mulled wine, Gewürzhaus is the place to buy the fixings to make your own at home. The spice kit includes the vanilla bean sugar, Glühwein Gewürz spice and infuser bags you’ll need. Just add to your own merlot. Follow the recipe and serve with orange and a cinnamon quill.
Please drink responsibly.
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