It’s a winter tradition, and Melbourne does it well. Here’s where to find yourself a mulled wine in town this winter.
The European Night Market
Back again after a stellar 2018 season, the European Night Market brings the white winter of that far off continent straight to Melbourne – without the jet lag. For four weeks only, make your Friday night knock off drink of choice a toasty mulled wine served under the sparkling lights of Madame Brussels Lane. Fridays, 5 to 26 July.
Mulled wine might date back all the way to the 14th century, but the Om Nom version is anything but old hat. Indulge in silky infusion of Cabernet Merlot, brandy, citrus peels and a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg – and trust the behind the scenes dessert sorcerers to serve your drink with a little extra theatrical aplomb.
With a shipping-container bar, wooden pallets for seating, potted plants, colourful party lights and and hidden-away laneway location, have a peak Melbourne experience at Section 8. Their mulled wine is a rich brew of Gluhwein and Chateau Chantelle brandy, with the usual herbs and spices.
While you’re in Tattersalls Lane, go for a change of scenery at Ferdydurke. This loft space, also from the crew behind Section 8, boasts a fireplace and super tasty street food for the cosiest place to enjoy mulled wine.
Vikings, cocktail theatrics and mulled wine are a match made in heaven at Mjølner. Their ‘Blazing Glögg’ is a spicy mix of cognac, port, juniper and cranberry, and is served after being set on fire – seriously. Watch the bartender build a stream of fire from your wine glass right before your eyes, before serving the warming bevvy with a teabag of house spices.
Spanish cuisine fiends Asado are putting their own twist on mulled wine, trading out the classic red for a decadent Spanish vermouth. With notes of mixed spice and zesty fresh orange, it’s like mulled wine’s older, richer sibling.
All sorts of midwinter happenings are afoot at Common Man’s pop-up Fire Garden this winter. Enjoy the Melbourne skyline views by the riverside with a “Rum Aged Red” mulled wine, made with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, raisins, cut apricots and orange. Until 30 September.
ReWine at the Winter Night Market
No visit to the Winter Night Market is complete without a mulled wine at ReWine. Head for the giant neon sign in Shed A. If you get a taste for it, ReWine can fix you up with a mulled syrup to add to your own wine mix for a tipple at home.
Christmas in July at Hophaus
Want all the fun and food of Christmas without the stress of gift buying, overlapping family functions and the stifling heat? Christmas in July at Hophaus is your answer, and it all kicks off with a zesty mulled wine on arrival. Sunday 21 July.
Mont Plonk at Melbourne Public
Mont Plonk is a complete Alpine-themed takeover of Melbourne Public’s terrace, promising an authentic après-ski experience. Get snuggy with fur blankets, sheepskin rugs and deliciously cosy fire-pits, then imbibe amaretto injected mulled wine.
The Emerald Peacock
Rooftops aren’t just for summer. The Emerald Peacock’s is open all year round with a covered roof, ample heaters, warming cocktails and hot mulled wine. Resident DJ’s spinning old skool, funk, house, RnB and commercial tunes every Friday and Saturday night will also keep the juices flowing. Their mulled wine is a tantalising mix of Shiraz Cabernet, Tawny Port, cinnamon, five spice, star anise and Gingerbread syrup.
On the way to or from an AFL game at the ‘G, stop by Riverland Bar for a mulled wine by the Yarra. At only $10 a glass, you can warm up from the inside out with plenty of spare change to splurge on their foodie options – like creamy hummus served with toasted pumpkin bread.
It doesn’t take much convincing to get a posse together for the more-ish Mexican on offer at Hello José. This winter they’re serving up a classic mulled wine full of cloves, cinnamon and star anise. But wait, there’s more. If you’re looking to clear the nasal passages, try the mulled wine with a José twist by adding a shot of Añejo tequila!