Punch Lane Wine Bar

(03) 9639 4944, 43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 Contemporary $$$ http://www.punchlane.com.au
Open Mon-Fri noon-3pm Mon-Sat 5.30-10.30pm Sun 5.30-9.30pm; Licensed; Cards AE DC MC V EFT, Seats inside 50, Outside seats, Private room 22
Chef: Luke Croston (31-03-13) Owner: Martin Pirc (31-03-13)

Mietta's Review
A comfortable place which feels very flexible. Have a full meal or a snack, there is always an excellent selection of cheese (mainly imported) and very good blackboard full of wines by the glass. The room is divided into sections with the bar in the middle and has a pleasant atmosphere with big chairs to sit back in. However noise level varies according to the time and vagaries of the customers. These can include pre and post theatre goers, wine tasters and business folk.

Other Published Opinions

The Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 14/20

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Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 14/20

Age Good Food Guide 2012 Score: 13.5/20

Age Good Food Guide 2011 Score: 13.5/20

Age Good Food Guide 2010

Age Good Food Guide 2009 Score: 14/20

Herald Sun FIONA JOY, 20-04-08 "A colleague from out of town wants to meet up for dinner and has requested a relaxed venue with a decent steak. Nothing tricky about that. I've been told the rib eye at Punch Lane is worth travelling for. Its a cosy venue, an old-style pub brought up-to-date with dark wood floors and red leather wing chairs. Wine racks loom down on us and a huge blackboard is devoted to the extensive cheese selection."

Age Good Food Guide 2008 Score: 15/20

Gourmet Traveller 2008 Australian Restaurant Guide "Full of subtle, studied charm, Punch Lane s, in many ways, the archetypal Melbourne bistro"

Age Cheap Eats 2006

Age Good Food Guide 2006 score 15/20

Age Good Food Guide 2006

Age melbourne magazine June 05 Melinda Houston

Age Good Food Guide 2005 score 14/20

AGFG 2004, score 14/20, excellent wine list,excellent bar

Herald Sun, citylink, 16/3/04, Stephen Downes, Score 12/20,'This time, too much of Punch Lane's food was ordinary.Choice is limited, and at the prices this place charges, quality and variety should be very much better.A good range of wines is expensive;six table whites and the same number of reds are available by the glass.'

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2004, 1 Black star, Excellent wine list,'regulars come for pre-theatre drinks or meals, knowing that the slick service ensures they won't miss curtain up, and colleagues meet here after work to enjoy the wines or graze on a mezze platter.'

Age, Epicure, 21/10/03, Leanne Tolra, score 14/20

Sunday Age, Eat Streets, John Lethlean, 20/10/02

Age, SundayLife, eatstreets, 19/11/2000

Herald Sun, 4/11/00

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