Despite being blessed by fifteen operating pubs, it seems that there's still room in Port Melbourne for some more bars, toward the sophisticated end of the spectrum. For a long time The Graham had a bit of a monopoly on the wine-bar market, but the continued success of Corte (and the Rose Diner's upstairs wine bar) has heralded the arrival of two further Bay Street drinking dens.
Harry & Frankie which has ingeniously fashioned a cork lined cellar into the space previously occupied by a marketing merchandise company. The concept here is of a quality wine store (their online shop offers some 549 varieties) where, for an additional $15, you can sit and enjoy the bottle of your choice, served in a glass style suited to the variety. The atmosphere is exceedingly civilised, with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, and they also offer wine by the glass/carafe as well as a good range of craft beers and ciders. I predict it will do well.
Beers on tap: Weiphenstephaner Pilsener, Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, Mountain Goat IPA
Wine range: Glasses $7 - $17, Bottles $19 - $372(!)
Parma: No, but they do offer cheese, olives, salami, salumi and "grand cru" toasties
Gastro: The main course here definitely comes in liquid form
Tradie vs Yuppy: It's a bloody wine bar ;-)
4 days ago