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Oh Loretta

A Northcote wine bar with fun snacks and a dog-friendly courtyard.
By Libby Curran
December 03, 2019
By Libby Curran
December 03, 2019

Step through the door of comfy Northcote newcomer Oh Loretta and you'll feel like you've just walked into a good mate's place. The space is warm, the vibe is a little retro and the offering is all kinds of comforting.

Sporting cherry red banquettes inside and a dog-friendly courtyard out back, the wine bar has all the makings of a much-loved neighbourhood gem.

Chef Dan Wayne (Ottolenghi, Etta) is heading up the food side of things, with a daily-changing menu centred around seasonal vegetables and his beloved hibachi grill. Settle in for thoughtful fare such as fried cauliflower teamed with a mustard crème fraîche ($10), baby cos hearts with pecorino and pumpkin seeds ($6) and sugar snap peas with buffalo ricotta ($10).

The matching drinks list heroes favourites from Victoria's smaller wine producers, along with craft beers and an oft-changing lineup of revamped classic cocktails (all $18), including the hibiscus collins, mandarin negroni, cherry old fashioned and a giant G&T with cucumber juice.

And while you're there, expect a warm, unpretentious musical offering by local DJ and PBS presenter MzRizk. You'll even catch vinyl picks from a rotation of resident guests every Thursday to Sunday, too.

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