It turns out Hideout is a wine bar in a small converted shop front on Glenmore Road that, if not for the wine racks, would almost feel like a café.
There’s a clean, stripped back feel, from the light wood paneling and crate-like furniture to the naked light bulbs. In fact, the only piece of décor I can see that relates to the name is a bright red neon keyhole sign on one wall.
What does make Hideout stand out is its approach of serving wine: although you can simply grab a glass, it also has what it calls flights, which is a series of three 60ml tipples. You choose a flight – I choose the red flight while my drinking companion opts for the pinot grigio flight – and the owner then explains each tipple before serving it. It’s a bit like an alcoholic degustation menu.
The service is good – I get the feeling the owner is genuinely passionate about introducing people to different kinds of wine – and $13.50 for three tipples is a great price considering the quality of the wine.
There’s also food here – my drinking companion and I tried the mixed plate of dips, beetroot relish and goats milk fetta (which to our surprise was the highlight) and the cured meat plate (which included aged jamon and ndjua chilli salumi).
The overall vibe here is quiet and mature – this isn’t a place to be seen but rather to go for a quiet conversation with someone. If that’s what you’re after then you could do worse than have a tipple or three here.
Hideout, 225 Glenmore Road, Paddington. Phone 9358 1734 or see the Hideout website
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