The area Chris and I live in isn't exactly the most abundant location for trendy little bars and drinking holes. There is a couple of pubs and gaming venues nearby, but nothing much in the way of cute little bars hidden away in the alleyways of the CBD. The Valley Cellar Door is one of the rare exceptions to this rule.
Tucked in between the shopping centre and some other shops along Hall Street in Moonee Ponds, this little bar used to be nothing more than a bottle shop. While it still serves this purpose, all the drinks on sale are now available to have at the bar (for a corkage fee), as well as a selection of four rotating tap beers. And there's no Carlton or VB to be seen here - they only offer craft beers, ciders and wines. I'm talking Holgate, Hawthorn Brewery, and the like. Delicious.
There is seating out the front, indoors, and there is even a little beer garden out the back. And according to their website, they have plans to expand the interior and build a kitchen! While the Valley Cellar Door does offer a small selection of cheeses and nuts for purchase, they offer no other food. BUT they have a BYO food policy! There are plenty of takeaway places in the vicinity - many of them will deliver to the bar - so it's not uncommon to see a group of friends digging into pizza, Chinese or Indian our of plastic containers while drinking boutique wine!
Chris and I splashed out and bought some cheap almonds and grapes with us. So classy.
I love the atmosphere of this place. It's chilled out, intimate, yet at the same time often quite busy.
Do you have a favourite little bar?