CARLISLE WINE BAR
Melbourne, VIC

There are plenty of great cafes in Balaclava but when you're looking for a place to chill out after the sun has set, Carlisle Wine Bar is just the ticket. The bar serves an industry-commended wine list that offers boutique labels from around the world, while the kitchen has made a name for itself with beautifully rustic Italian cuisine. Enjoy both in Carlisle's dimly lit dining room or grab an al fresco table and relax in the cool night air.
Opening Times
 MTWTFSS
Lunch
Address:

137 Carlisle Street
Suburb:
Balaclava
Contact:
Tel: +61 3 9531 3222
Cuisine:
Italian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
License:
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
DETAILS
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Taking up residence in a somewhat unlikely position, the Carlisle Wine Bar is an absolute must whether you're in the area or not. With a sultry feel originating from the dark timber and red leather banquettes, low lighting and faux antiques, this long narrow space certainly has a lot to offer. Excellent food aside, there's a tempting cocktail list that's frighteningly affordable, an extremely well crafted wine list, and even a DJ on Fridays.

Chef and owner Marco Santucci (ex-Caffe e Cucina and Borlotto's) has created a menu brimming with rustic southern Italian charm. Start with an entree of spicy pistachio-crumbed calamari served on a salad of wild rocket, radicchio, witlof, fresh herbs and orange segments, or the twice baked goats cheese and chive souffle. Follow with a pasta or risotto dish like the linguini di cozze with black mussels, cherry tomato, capers, chilli, garlic and white wine, or a main of rabbit bianco (braised rabbit served on a crispy polenta with sauteed fennel and green olives). Finish with the chocolate fondant served with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice-cream. The extensive and well crafted wine list offers many less common varieties with a strong Italian emphasis.
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MAX SEATING
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Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
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Awards
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137 Carlisle Street
Balaclava VIC 3183
Balaclava, close to St. Kilda.
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