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It’s a winter tradition, and Melbourne does it well. Here’s where to find yourself a glass of mulled wine in town this winter. Opening hours may differ right now, so be sure to check with the business directly before visiting.
Feeling that winter chill? Stop by Riverland Bar for mulled wine by the Yarra. At only $10 a glass, you’ll have spare change to splurge on foodie options like mac and cheese balls with aioli. The boozy milo or hot apple pie cocktails are an excellent follow up, too.
Rain or shine, it doesn’t take much convincing to get a posse together for the more-ish Mexican on offer at Hello José. Specially for winter, their 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.
Snuggle with a mulled wine teapot at Arbory Bar. That’s rum, Grand Marnier, cab merlot, and house-made berry and spice syrup. The mellow drinks don’t stop there. Try their hot spiced apple cider, and add a snifter of apple schnapps. Or Hot Monkey Love, with whisky, honey and spice.
With its shipping container bar and laneway location, you’ll have a peak Melbourne experience at Section 8. They’ve given the idea of mulled wine a special twist. Their concoction mixes spiced rum, vanilla crème and apricot brandy, served in a mug. Or order a classic hot toddy if you prefer.
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. It boasts a fireplace for the cosiest place to enjoy a glass of mulled wine. And super-tasty street food like smoky chipotle wings and hot dogs.
Just as winter is the time for mulled wine, Gewürzhaus is the place to buy the fixings to make your own at home. Their 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.
Vikings, cocktail theatrics and mulled wine are a match made in heaven at Mjølner. Their Blazing Glögg is a spicy mix of cognac, port and cranberry. Watch the bartender build a stream of fire from your wine glass in front of your very eyes. Then serve the warming bevvy with a teabag of house spices.
Christmas in July at Hophaus
Want all the fun and food of Christmas without the stress? Christmas in July at Hophaus is your answer. And it all kicks off with a zesty mulled wine on arrival, before a three-course Christmas feast with all the trimmings. Book a lunch or dinner package for groups of a dozen or more.
All sorts of happenings are afoot in Common Man’s garden this winter. Including mulled wine or cider by the glass. Shiraz cab is infused with cinnamon and vanilla, plus a toasty hit of spiced rum. And the cider? It’s mulled with star anise and citrus, and spiked with Chambord raspberry liqueur.
Winter Igloo Garden
Warm up and chill out in The Wharf Hotel’s Winter Igloo Garden, keeping things cosy from 21 May to 12 September. The private winter wonderland package includes a feast of treats to graze on, plus your choice of mulled wine or cider. Or maybe a sloe gin and rosemary hot toddy.
The Emerald Peacock
Rooftops aren’t just for summer. The Emerald Peacock’s is open year-round, with a covered roof, ample heaters and supercharged cocktails. And did we say mulled cider? Their $12 winter warmer is enlivened with spices to keep things extra snug. Plus resident DJs will get you moving, spinning tunes every Friday and Saturday.
ReWine at the Winter Night Market
The Winter Night Market has been postponed - but keep an eye on their socials for new dates. A visit isn't complete without a glass of mulled wine at ReWine. If you get a taste for it, ReWine can fix you up with some mulled syrup for a tipple at home. Add it to your own wine and heat until warm.
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