The Vale Bar & Eatery
A cosy Ascot Vale local with a strong selection of pizzas and 150 wines.
Dishing up the goods all round, the Vale Bar & Eatery is what you'd call Ascot Vale's quintessential neighbourhood haunt. And, with its dapper fit-out, wide-ranging offering and cheery local charm, it's an easy one to love.
For the booze-inclined, choice is in strong supply, with craft beers galore, a 150-strong wine selection and a solid crop of Japanese whisky starring behind the bar. Meanwhile, a cocktail list heroes classics, alongside modern creations that showcase oft-underrated grape-based spirits. Try the Flor-less Cobbler, blending Olorosso sherry with gin, blueberry and hibiscus.
To match, you'll find a share-friendly lineup of grazing plates, loaded tasting boards and pizzas, featuring combinations like gorgonzola with hot salami, caramelised onion and bacon ($21), and pork sausage with rosemary-covered potatoes ($20). Post-dinner snacks will most likely feature cheese, thanks to Vale's late-night wine and cheese offer, which give you free cheese with every bottle of vino purchased after 9pm on Fridays.
This spot's even sure to have the local pooches on side, with its specialty dog menu: a lineup of preservative-free snacks and eats from Trav's Treats, the profits of which go to support the Lost Dogs' Home.