Never let it be said I don’t listen to readers – and so when someone recommended a new small Italian wine bar in Bar Zine’s forum section (it’s a new part of the site that you can use to talk to each other or me about bars, drinks, events or felines) I took a deep breath, asked my cat to bless me for luck, and headed over to the dark side (aka Cremorne) to check it out.
Vino Bravo is located where a dentist’s office was many moons ago – a piece of boring trivia that I nonetheless point out because I worked in the office above it in the 90s and was madly infatuated with the dental assistant who didn’t know I existed (I’ve always liked women who wield sharp implements). Now, as I sit at the pressed metal bar counter next to two women who also seem oblivious to my presence, I realise that while the liquor licensing laws might have changed, my mojo hasn’t.
The female bartender approaches and, happy to have a friendly female acknowledge my existence, I readily agree to her wine suggestion – namely the Logan Weemala 2011 pinot noir ($9). It’s a good pinot – flavoursome and with a subtle aroma – and the wine list also stocks a good range of Italian vinos as well.
The bar is tiny, colourful and lively. There are tables, red armchairs, bright photos and an exposed brick wall down the back, while the bar counter with naked bulbs dangling above it is up the front, complete with metal stools. Most of the food here is light Italian bar fare – think sopressa plates, crostini with sardines, as well as panini with three cheeses. They also have Italian beer such as the Moretti ($8.5) and some Italian cocktails, including a negroni, bellini, and the Italian screwdriver (citron vodka, orange juice, grapefruit juice, splash ginger ale).
And … that’s all I have to say, making this possibly the briefest review in Bar Zine history. If you think I did a crap job and would like to add to it then leave a comment below:
Vino Bravo, 350 Military Road, Cremorne. See the Vino Bravo website. Open Monday to Saturday until midnight, Sunday until 10pm.
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate Vino Bravo?
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