Ines Wine Bar, Chapel Street, Windsor

Bars, Drink, Melbourne / 29 May 2018

Ines Wine Bar brings a Euro-cool and Italian intimacy to Chapel Street.

Cold nights are perfect for wine and romance, and Chapel Street’s newest bar, Ines Wine Bar is the perfect spot to drink in a little of both.
Ines Wine Bar is the latest venture for Matteo Bruno – the mind behind The Meatball & Wine Bar and Hana – and is packed full of old world Italian charm and modern sophistication. Named after Bruno’s nonna, Ines, the bar exudes Italian cool, and with plenty of dimly lit corners, a kitschy Euro-cool soundtrack, and luxe seating, it’s ideal for a post-work wind down or a date night spot.
With blue suede lounge chairs, marble tables, and copper accents, Ines marries tradition and modern styling for a dining and drinking experience that sets itself apart. Housed in the former Meatball & Wine Bar building, the bar has retained some of the original decor, with the gorgeous glass bottle window displays remaining in homage to the former venue.
Booths at Ines Wine Bar
Sommeliere Raffaele Mastrovincenzo has curated a vast wine list of over eighty Italian, European, and local varietals, and the cocktail list impresses as well with a bold list of classics and bar staff who can please any palate. Ines utilises a Coravin system, which allows for glasses to be poured without uncorking the bottle, leading to an extensive by-the-glass menu that has something for everyone.
Perfectly matched to their extensive wine list, the food menu doesn’t disappoint either. With smaller dishes ideal for sharing, like stuffed olives, crumbed and fried into crunchy little delights that explode in the mouth like little bombs of Italian flavour, as well as cheese and charcuterie plates tailored for grazing, it’s easy to spend an evening sipping and tasting at Ines. And if the flowing wine and intimate lighting doesn’t do the romantic trick, Ines’ oysters, freshly shucked and served with a champagne mignonette that is a little tangy, a little salty, and very delicious, will have you seeing hearts.
Fried Stuffed Olives at Ines Wine Bar
Topping it all off with a crostini menu that changes daily, Ines Wine Bar will tickle your Italian fancy and satisfy you whether you’re after an evening of grazing or a quick glass of wine and a bite.
Craving a little something sweet to round out your evening? Ines offers two quintessentially Italian sweet treats that will have you leaving on a sugar high and dreaming of Italian sunshine. Their chocolate tiramisu is lush and decadent, with a rich coffee and chocolate layered cake with mascarpone and a flavoursome marsala cream, but for something a little lighter, their Coppa di Gelato serves up Italian ice-cream with a crisp Italian wafer.
Chocolate Tiramisu at Ines Wine Bar
If you’re in the mood for some cool tunes, good food, and great wine, drop into Ines Wine Bar and see for yourself how Chapel Street’s newest bar is warming up these cold evenings.