Unlock the Mystery: Where History and Luxury Collide in Melbourne’s Pentridge Dining Precinct

Bars, Drink, Melbourne, Restaurants / 16 April 2023

At the heart of Melbourne’s thriving $1 billion Pentridge dining and entertainment precinct lies a true jewel – Olivine Wine Bar. Set in the historic B Division of the West Wing, this stylish and contemporary haven is a must-visit destination for wine lovers and foodies alike.

As you step into Olivine, you’ll find yourself immersed in the lavish transformation of former heritage cells into a refined, elegant space. The wine bar boasts a walk-in cellar door, intimate booths, and an impressive wine list featuring over 500 labels from local and international producers. These offerings have been meticulously curated by Wine Curator Liinaa Berry, one of Australia’s most exciting sommeliers.

Olivine Wine Bar’s pièce de résistance is the Book of Wine. Liinaa and her team of sommeliers have crafted a truly unique wine experience, using the Book to provide context and narrative to each selection. Each chapter of the Book introduces guests to an extraordinary range of wines, guided by themes and intriguing stories of the people behind the labels. From rising stars and unsung heroes to established vignerons, the Book of Wine brings to life the rich history, defining styles, and regional influences of each producer.

Of course, no visit to Olivine would be complete without indulging in their stunning grazing menu. The modern, seasonally influenced dishes highlight creativity and an emphasis on local produce. Dine on Japanese scallop tarts with Yuzu emulsion and dried tomato powder or house-made chicken liver parfait with muscat and a brown butter tuile. Olivine’s expertly curated wine pairings ensure each dish is complemented to perfection.

The exquisite design of Olivine is the result of the creative vision of Australian design studio CHADA. Plush velvet lounges, vibrant carpet designs, an expansive dark green marble bar, porcelain tiles, and hues of green and gold beautifully contrast the exposed bluestone walls. The design also pays homage to Pentridge’s past, incorporating brass sparrows as a tribute to a radio DJ called “Sparrow” who once lived inside the prison and facilitated communication between prisoners and their loved ones.

Liinaa Berry’s wine philosophy seeks to take patrons on a journey through time and place with rare and cult wines, small-batch Australian producers, and international varietals. From classics to unusual selections, wine enthusiasts and natural wine lovers alike will find a treasure trove of delights within the Book of Wine.

As if that weren’t enough, signature cocktails and over 90 craft spirits, primarily from artisan producers, are also on offer. With neighbors like Scottish craft beer icon BrewDog, Palace Cinema, and TFE Hotels’ 106-room Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge Melbourne, Olivine Wine Bar is set to elevate the wine experience in Melbourne’s north.

Ready for a luxurious and unforgettable journey through the world of wine? Head to Olivine Wine Bar, open now in the heart of the Pentridge precinct.