The 1930's style bar is situated on a corner on Mount Alexander Rd and fittingly to the era of the bar, there is a cobblestone lane along the side of the building where an entrance to the wine garden can be located. From Mount Alexander Rd, a single fronted entry can be found which extends 4 areas back and one level up.
The bar is licensed for 100 patrons and can cater for functions big or small with their multi room multi level bar and can assist with catering or are more than happy for people to organise their own catering. Anything goes really.
Time to check out the bar. Walking through the front entrance the first room is filled with light, a couple of old school couches and lots of charming timber and pictures.
Continuing to the next room, it was small and cosy with a booth and table to one side and a couch, a small table and a number of ottomans to the other side. This bar has character.
The next doorway leads into the one and only bar which was represented by Michael on this particular evening. As Michael greeted me, he gave me the rundown on what was on offer: 14 pages of wine covering a number of different varietals, a small amount of spirits with a focus on top shelf scotches, a page of some known and some less known cocktails, including their own signature cocktail, and a selection of around 10 beers ranging from common brands to never heard of before brands. The beer selection keeps growing and changing each time, so perhaps their passions are expanding beyond wine.
Perusing the list, Michael detected that I was troubled in selecting so he offered me several tastings of wines until I was able to make up my mind. It was as though Michael wanted to make sure I was 100% happy with my selection.
Michael's partner in crime, Chris, is equally as helpful when it comes to selecting a drink and both make you feel like you are the only patron in the bar. Not to mention they both love a good chat.
With drink in hand, onward bound to the wine garden out the back which is an area for smokers and non smokers if the side door is open. If there are too many smokers out the back then it can be overbearing for a non-smoker.
The bar also offers a small selection of simple tapas to accompany your drinks that are changing all the time.
From time to time, generally in the winter months, the bar hosts different events such as Wine Appreciation and Tasting classes and for New Year's hosted a fun gangster style party, so keep an eye out on their website for upcoming events.
Open Wed-Sat 5pm to late, Sunday 5pm to 11pm
By popular demand, it will now be opening Tuesdays 5pm to late from February onwards.
If you like wine and good service then get along to Strangeloves, as its one of those rare gems that has old fashioned values and service.