Sydney's Inner-City Cellar Door Cake Wines Is Closing Forever
The four-year-old wine bar, live music venue and events space will close in mid-June.
When Cake Wines Cellar Door opened its doors on Eveleigh Street back in 2016 it offered something new to Sydneysiders. It was a space for tasting wine, for listening to live music, for art shows and for educating your senses at masterclasses.
But, all that is about to go, with owner and co-founder Glen Cassidy announcing today that the inner-city cellar door will be closing its doors for good this June.
Cassidy said that despite the four-year-old venue's ongoing success, it was time to move on. "It's become clear that we have outgrown the space," said Cassidy in a statement. "We're at the end of our first term lease and felt this was the time to move on."
Cake Wines began as a winery located in the Adelaide Hills (which will continue running), and the Redfern cellar door was a way to bring these wines to a broader audience, as well as a space for regular gigs, art shows and wine-related events. Last year, it underwent a small renovation, reopening with a bigger kitchen, a longer food menu and a more extensive range of drinks.
Despite the closure, there is some good news. Fans of the cellar door's wine will still be able to purchase Cake Wines bottles online. Fans of its events will be happy to know that many of them will be re-homed — including Jazz! Attack!, Wine De Jour and Variety Fair — with Cassidy currently in talks with other venues. And fans of the whole concept? Well, there's still hope. Cassidy has said he's currently looking into "pursu[ing] other opportunities for Cake Wines around the country and the world".
In the meantime, Cake Wines Cellar Door is open for another 17 days, and it's hosting two more Vivid live music parties on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. There's also a big closing party in the works — we'll let you know as soon as it's announced.
Find Cake Wines Cellar Door at 16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern until Saturday, June 15.
Published on May 28, 2019 by Samantha Teague