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  • Bar Rochford

    Bar Rochford’s location in the historic Melbourne Building, which was built in 1927, is perhaps salient. When owner Nick Smith opened the doors in 2016, he’d taken inspiration both from the classic wine bars of Europe and the small bars that Melbourne is so well known for. And while Bar Rochford would slip into the…

  • Supernatural

    Surprisingly, Supernatural is Byron Bay’s first natural wine bar. Surprising in that Byron is at once one of the most connected and disconnected of seaside towns. With some of this country’s most expensive real estate, it is the playground of the wealthy, with Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne standards and trends running parallel, but it is…

  • Poly

    When Matt Lindsay and business partner Julien Dromgool took on the lease for the corner site in the recently completed and uber hip Paramount House Hotel, in Commonwealth Street, their aim was not to turn out another Ester, their critically acclaimed and much-loved Chippendale wood-fired fine diner. Well, fine diner is perhaps not truly reflective…

  • Exeter Hotel

    The Exeter Hotel perhaps best embodies the winemaking mantra that “it takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” Long a haunt for winemakers, wine writers and wine lovers, the Exeter is one of Adelaide’s most beloved establishments, and one where any affectation is left at the door. The Exeter knocked any wine drinking…

  • Arlechin

    The Grossi family have been slowly spreading out from their iconic flagship, Grossi Florentino. First, by occupying their eastern neighbour with Ombra Samuli Bar, then by making use of a long-held space across the rear lane to launch a classically hidden Melbourne bolthole, Arlechin, servicing the needs of those that favour the darker hours. And…

  • Wines of While

    Sam Winfield likes to keep busy. And he likes to follow his heart. At a point when his career as a surgeon (yes, it’s Dr Winfield, thank you very much) was blossoming, Winfield threw his energy into an empty Federation Art Nouveau shopfront at the top of William Street, Northbridge, with the aim of creating…

  • Mary’s Underground

    When the news of the imminent closure of legendary jazz club The Basement broke, it seemed like another nail in Sydney’s live music and late-night frivolity coffin. Well, until the masters of loudness, late nights and boundless frivolity stepped in to not only rescue the venue as a live music mecca, but to do so…

  • Tom McHugo’s Hobart Hotel

    Whitney Ball and Tom Westcott had some serious restaurant credentials before they took the lease on the Hobart Hotel some two-and-a-bit years ago. The couple’s last stint before self-employment was at the revered Franklin, with Ball managing the front of house and Westcott on the pans. The move to a pub that has long been…