Rich, warm and full of spice, a glass of mulled wine on a chilly winter’s day in Australia can really hit the spot.
Finding mulled wine in Australia can be a difficult process. While our European counterparts are well across the comforting winter beverage and brew batches in nearly every pub and bar, it’s a little more challenging to stumble upon Down Under.
However, if you know where to look, there are plenty of great places doling out the winter drink during the cooler months – sometimes complete with a fireplace to enjoy it in front of.
A blend of red wine, wintery spices like star anise and cardamom, sliced fruit and occasionally a spirit like brandy or rum, mulled wine can also be found on menus as ‘Glühwein’, which roughly translates from German to “smouldering wine”.
Below is a guide to some of the best pubs and bars around Australia currently serving mulled wine.
1. The Doss House, Sydney NSW
If you want to be transported back to the 1840s while you enjoy your mulled wine, head to Sydney’s The Doss House. This historic venue in The Rocks features sandstone walls, dim lighting and deep lounges you can sink into.
Nab a spot in the dimly lit lounge of The Doss House. (Image: Alana Dimou)
Beyond mulled wine, The Doss House is also known for its extensive whiskey offering, which is definitely worth checking out if you’re a connoisseur.
Get cosy at the bar. (Image: Alana Dimou)
Address: 77/79 George St, Sydney NSW
Phone: 0457 880 180
2. Arcadia, Redfern NSW
This popular neighbourhood bar in Redfern has all the cosiness you crave in a winter catch-up spot, with rustic interiors and a really welcoming energy. Arcadia also serves up a mean Glühwein, which you can enjoy until each day’s batch runs out.
Be sure to try one of their gourmet toasties if you’re a bit peckish, too – they’re pretty famous for them!
Address: 7 Cope St, Redfern NSW
Phone: (02) 8068 4470
3. Frisk Small Bar, Northbridge WA
If you love gin and are heading to Perth, you have to check out Frisk Small Bar. With over 200 types on offer, you’re bound to discover a new favourite.
Known for their creative cocktail specials, a recent addition was ‘mullscato’, a fun take on mulled wine featuring moscato, pineapple juice, and vanilla liqueur alongside the mysterious “secret herbs and spices”.
Frisk Small Bar’s mulled wine is a unique take on the classic cocktail.
Address: 103 Francis St, Northbridge WA
4. Old Canberra Inn, Lyneham ACT
Built in 1857, the Old Canberra Inn has remained a popular drinking hole in Australia’s capital, thanks to a family-friendly atmosphere and great live music.
This is one of those rare Australian pubs where you can sip mulled wine while also curling up in front of a crackling fire, which is really how it should be done.
Address: 195 Mouat St, Lyneham ACT
Phone: (02) 6134 6000
If a Viking/Norse-inspired restaurant wasn’t serving up delicious warm alcoholic beverages, we’d be pretty concerned! Thankfully, Mjolner is definitely a spot in Melbourne (and Sydney) where you can access a type of take on mulled wine that we felt demanded inclusion simply because it’s so theatrical.
Order the ‘Blazing Glogg’ and prepare for a fiery scene as Martell VS cognac and spiced port are set alight before being poured into a goblet. Finished with cranberry, juniper and a chai teabag, this fun cocktail has all the same comforting flavours as mulled wine.
Address: 106 Hardware St, Melbourne Vic
6. Milk The Cow, Melbourne Vic
Like the sound of a late-night cheese bar? That’s what you’ll find at Melbourne’s Milk The Cow – and a delicious glass of Glühwein during winter. The quaintest of mulled wine presentations, Milk The Cow’s warming winter drink comes served in a teacup with a stick of cinnamon on the side.
Choose from over 180 different cheeses at Milk The Cow.
Address: 157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Vic and 323 Lygon St, Carlton Vic
Phone: 03 9537 2228
7. ReWine, Melbourne Vic
Melbourne is the place to visit if you’re after mulled wine – we found it hard to choose which venues to include in this list! ReWine made the cut because they take their mulled wine really seriously – you can even find a recipe online if you’re interested in replicating their delicious drop at home.
Part wine bar, part wine shop, the low-impact, zero-waste-focused venue also allows you to pick up a bottle of vino straight from the barrel here – and then return with your empty vessel for a refill.
ReWine take their mulled wine really seriously.
Address: 43 Rose St Fitzroy, 522 Lygon St, Brunswick East and 460 Queen St, Melbourne Vic
Phone: 1300 727 186
8. The Carrington, Katoomba NSW
The opulent, historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba is a jewel in the Blue Mountains’ crown – and it’s also one spot you’ll find mulled wine on the menu. Head down to Champagne Charlie’s Cocktail Bar, settle into a fireside couch and sip on a generous pour of spiced, warmed wine.
Sip warmed wine on the couch at The Carrington.
Address: 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW
Phone: (02) 4782 1111
9. The Howling Owl, Adelaide SA
You might not always find mulled wine on the menu at The Howling Owl, but what you will find during the chilly months is a selection of warming winter drinks.
Try the hot buttered rum, served in a teacup sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, or the delicious hot apple toddy, a blend of apple juice, spice syrup and gin – served hot, of course.
Address: 10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide SA
Phone: 0416 025 550
10. The Haus Hahndorf, SA
The historic German town of Hahndorf is naturally a great place to find Glühwein, and if you’re spending a weekend there, it’s worth heading to The Haus.
Firstly, because they’ll provide you with a steaming hot cup of the beverage, complete with fresh apple and orange garnishes, but also because the food is great – using local produce, you’ll find a mix of German dishes such as the trio of wurst, as well as lighter fare like the nourish bowl.
Get cosy this winter with a mug of traditional mulled wine from The Haus Hahndorf. (Image: Meaghan Coles)
Address: 38A Main St, Hahndorf SA
Phone: (08) 8388 7555
11. Welcome To Thornbury, Brisbane Qld
Welcome To Thornbury is the Brisbane bar with the party to end all parties every June – a ‘mulled wine and hot cheese’ party. Think dripping, melted cheese toasties and warming spiced wine, all day long.
Aside from the annual party, the venue also boasts a huge beer garden, ever-changing food trucks and plenty of other fun events like a chicken nugget festival and garlic bread festival.
Address: 520 High St, Northcote Qld
Phone: (03) 9020 7940
12. The End, Brisbane Qld
Established in 2011 inside an old video store, The End is where everyone in Brisbane should go for warming winter drinks.
Alongside their carefully brewed mulled wine, you’ll find other chilly-night cocktails such as the spiked hot chocolate (chilli chocolate, Blanco tequila, cacao liqueur and coconut cream) and the boozy Biscoff, a take on the famous biscuit featuring dark coconut rum and wattleseed liqueur.
Address: 73 Vulture St, West End Qld