The former heritage cells of Pentridge Prison have been transformed into a sophisticated wine bar. The 170-year-old bluestone venue now features a walk-in cellar door, intimate booths, a grazing menu and a wine list with over 500 labels. Olivine Wine Bar will open to the public on Friday April 14.
Olivine Wine Bar
This chic venue is part of the billion-dollar development in Coburg, and joins the Scottish craft beer giant BrewDog in the former prison. The wine bar seats 100 guests, and features plush velvet lounges, a dark green marble bar and dimly lit booths.
The 500-strong wine list is curated by sommelier Liinaa Berry, and features bottles from both local and international producers. Their list is called the Book of Wine, and it’s categorised into chapters to provide context and help guests find something that they’ll like.
“The Book of Wine begins with a foreword and a synopsis and ends with an epilogue,” said Berry. “The synopsis, for example, lists 150 wines that represents the diversity of the wine world.”
The chapters throughout the book are called the Producer’s Series. They showcase 35 producers and 350 wines across Australia and Europe. You’ll find stories of rising stars, unsung heroes and established winemakers, with details about their style and significance. Find rare and cult wines, small-batch producers and more.
If you’re not a wine drinker, that’s ok! Olivine also has signature cocktails and a selection of over 90 craft spirits.
While you’re there, check out the grazing menu. Pair your drink with Japanese scallop tarts, house-made chicken liver parfait, rock oysters, pork fritters and more.
This unconventional space is open from Monday to Sunday, from 5pm to late.