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The Source at MONA

The Source at MONA

655 Main Rd, Berriedale
(03) 6277 9904

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Felix Stoffell, Ilo Pilve, Joshua Webb & Louis Lieu
WINEs ON LIST 1600 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($55-$13 by the glass)

It’s a rarity to see a national restaurant of prominence treating beer as seriously as it does wine. The Source at MONA has the most exciting selection in the country for the second year in a row. Its “Beer Bible” takes you on a journey across 12 countries and 72 beers over nine tempting pages, favouring small craft brewers. 

There is an Italian “ancient” ale, based on the chemical analysis of ancient beer vats and grains found on an archaeological dig. There is a German-style pilsner from up-and-comer Victorian, Hawkers Beer. The aptly named Hardcore IPA from Scotland’s Brewdog boasts more hops and bitterness than any other UK-brewed beer. Super-hip saisons mix with classic English ales, wild-fermented sour beers brewed with wine grapes and super-spiced Belgians. Beers by Moo Brew, the resident MONA/Moorilla Estate ­brewery, are available by draught as are an ever-changing trio of featured brews.

The Source is also one of the very few restaurants in the country with a selection of beers in large format bottles, from 750ml up to three litres. Clearly, it attracts a lot of thirsty customers. JENI PORT


The Botanical

169 Domain Road, South Yarra 
(03) 9820 7888

CUISINE European
WINE LISTPeter Baker, Peter Marr and Michael Gibb
WINEs ON LIST 912 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($20-$9.50 by the glass)

Hall-of-famer The Botanical keeps working hard to improve its list. This year we see more wines and a vast array of gins, 79 in all. At its heart, this is a world wine list with a strong European bent, putting forward some big names and some exciting brands that you will want to get to know. There's a wine education here for those who embrace it, from an Aussie sparkling red to an Austrian grüner veltliner or maybe a flight of 2013 Victorian pinots. Prices are reasonable.

Vue Grand Hotel

46 Hesse St, Queenscliff
(03) 5258 1544

CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LISTCaleb Fleet
WINEs ON LIST190 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($13-$9 by the glass)

Feed your craft beer obsession with an incredible assemblage of brews at this historic hotel. When it comes to wine, Australian producers are the heroes. Geelong is well represented by Bannockburn, By Farr, Oakdene, Leura Park and Scotchman’s Hill, while a handful of international names round out the offering.