Whitewashed bricks, a thriving colony of house plants and a beautiful crowd leaning on Italian-style perches make Marion look every inch what it is – a sophisticated neighbourhood wine bar housed in what was once a storeroom in one of Melbourne’s chicest suburbs. The vast drinks list includes more than 20 wines by the glass, lesser known grapes such as Croatian zagorje and an entire section devoted to minimal intervention pours. An open kitchen produces tempting small plates of local, seasonal ingredients. Think Mussels with spicy nduja and freshwater crayfish grilled in miso butter.
53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC 3065