Upstairs at the Lord Nelson
CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTBlair Hayden / Kristian Savio
WINEs ON LIST 346 (36 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $-$$$ ($35-$8 by the glass)
Every now and again, you step into a restaurant or bar that is more like a tardis than a venue, full to bursting with everything you could think to want. Upstairs at the Lord is one of those places. An historic pub and brewery, with a wine list so good it hums. They have a vertical of Rockford Black Shiraz, back vintage and rare selections of wines in almost every varietal, 1986 Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, a hefty selection of super premium Barossa Shiraz including Grange, Hill of Grace, Rockford Basket Press and more. There's a great selection of the A.P. Birks Wendouree wines (hard to find and thrilling in old age), and the selection of spirits digestifs, sherrys, ports, fortifieds and Cognacs is something to behold. If you're looking for a drink other than wine, the choice of ales brewed on site might give you something to consider, and there is also a little lineup of Sake and premium cider. The menu is simple but precise and a cut above the usual pub fare.