Acqua E Vino
There is a divine attention to 'atmosphere' at Acqua E Vino with a cosy, warm vibe created by subdued warm lighting, an open fireplace and huge bay windows. This is the perfect place to gather with friends of all persuasions and enjoy a few wines on a rainy Melbourne winter weekend afternoon.
The drinks menu is akin to a bound leather novella - yes, they've gone all out to outdo their inner-city cousins. There's a massive selection of whiskies, wines and cocktails. Try the AV Margarita with vanilla-infused tequila, burnt lemon juice and Cointreau. Then take a seat by the fire with a nice big glass of pinot noir while discussing the merits of your favourite early 20th Century existentialist philosophers, or even how Collingwood is doing in the footy -whatever rocks your boat - you'll fit right into this eclectic and mixed crowd.
Just for the sheer fun of it, the waiters and bar staff are dressed up in 1950's Hollywood style, with white shirts and braces, serving martinis and daiquiris that are a tad pricey but so delicious you'll forget all about the price. For the peckish, there is a generously proportioned tapas menu with delicacies like Thai lime prawns or spaghetti puttanesca for those who need more substantial fare.
All this glamour rocks along to a cool soundtrack of smooth 1950's jazz and swing, tasteful reggae, funk, soul or Latin with regular live music events on the weekends. Check out their Facebook page for the latest gigs.
Meri Harli, May 2010
April 07, 2009
Great atmosphere and excellent drinks list - such a welcome find for the inner west
March 15, 2010
I’m not a wine aficionado, but I’m partial to a good drop. I had a run in at Yarraville’s Acqua e Vino (awarded Best Wine Bar in 2007) when I asked to see the vintage of the wine I’d been served. It was a 2008 Riesling when the menu said it was 2005. Instead of an apology I was told that the 2005 had just run out (unlikely), and that they were the same in any case. When I suggested that more was expected of a wine bar, I was told ‘bad luck’. If my interaction is anything to go by, I expect that Acqua e Vino might experience its own ‘bad luck’ in the 2010 awards.
October 07, 2010
Top-class bar, and could be best/extensive bar-list in Melbourne. Can be a little bit 'stiff' sometimes, but generally good for a few drinks. Prob ruining a secret, but NYE at this place GOES OFF big time! everyone dresses up and makes an effort, and a good vibe, lots of happy faces - no agro.
April 24, 2011
Way too loud aqua e vino...turn the music down, let the 30+ age group crowd actually enjoy the night by having conversations with each other and not talking over the loud music! Such a turn off for the bar, other than that, an awesome place for Yarraville. Turn it down!