Grape and Grain is a leading part of 'The Resurgence' of South-East suburb Moorabbin. The Bottle shop/Bar combo the owner and operators John and Mark have drummed up is a great addition to Moorabbin's local community. It is also notable for what it signifies about the local area.
Moorabbin was once an epicentre of local governance, commercial and social life. The legacy of this can still be seen in many ways, with the Kingston Clock Tower and City Hall (formerly Moorabbin Town Hall) perhaps the most prominent example. Yet, this is history and traders, workers and residents within the local suburb have their sights set on the future. Grape and Grain serves as a solid example of this, and does so with a very 'Moorabbin' twist.
As the story goes, owner and operators John and Mark formed the idea for G&G over a glass of wine with a friend in a Port Melbourne Hotel. Feeling that the South East Suburbs were not yet as well-represented as could be with cool and quirky bars beyond St Kilda, a plan was formed. It was then put into place and has quickly seen G&G become a key attraction within the local area.
The entrance of Grape and Grain on Station St, Moorabbin
As distinct from the usual bottle shop experience where sales are the chief concern, the ability to venture into a bottle store, and then have the opportunity to take a seat by the bar is a fun experience.
What's more, it must be underscored this is a bottle shop/bar combo in every sense of the word. As distinct from the bar being an cursory inclusion or afterthought, instead it opens up onto a wider back room that is filled with an array of art, odds and ends.
A example of the quirky seating inside Grape and Grain
The presence of such a late night social space not only does much for the store, but the wider community in adding another 'sense of place' to Moorabbin's night life. This is especially so given its proximity to the station and bus stops, which offers locals the chance at a start/end of night drink before heading on to another destination.
Furthermore, while the furnishing may have a deliberately whimsical touch about them, the variety of wine, beer and spirits of offer does not. Indeed, John and Mark have used their industry knowledge to seek out some offerings hard to find elsewhere that a certified connoisseur would be delighted to spot.
Legend Of Kremlin vodka. An example of the obscure and rare drinks on offer at Grape and Grain
Therefore, for those yet to visit, Grape and Grain makes a worthwhile trip. Further, as well as the overall atmosphere of the bar, the eye can spot big changes underway amidst the wider suburb of Moorabbin. For those that want to have a drink in a relaxed bar - while at the same time taking in the scene of a suburb newly reenergized - G&G can make for a good stop on a Friday night.
[Disclaimer: The piece has originated exclusively from the author's own idea/interest. While the author is a fan of the bar and Moorabbin, he has no professional links with Grape and Grain nor Kingston City Council].