MELBOURNE | Chapel Street is often maligned by the denizens of the northern suburbs of Melbourne being overly pretentious and not sufficiently “cool”. While this may be true of the northern end of the Chapel Street complex, the Windsor area has a variety of excellent establishments and Chapel St Cellars is one of our personal favorite places to stop in for a drink when we are out south of the river of an afternoon or evening.
As the name implies, Chapel St Cellars has an extensive selection of wines available for purchase, but where the venue really shines is with its (initially unexpected) extensive selection of craft beers that are available for purchase either to take away or to drink on site. The range of beers always includes a wide variety of imported and local craft beers in bottles (including some rare/hard to find brews) as well as four beers on tap.
Bottled beers can be consumed on site for the same price as takeaway, but you will pay an extra $1 for a glass which we think is quite reasonable compared to the “corkage” prices that some venues charge. As an added bonus Chapel St cellars often have specials on craft beer – as an example we recently purchased a slab of the Punk IPA by Brewdog for $45 which is an absolute bargain.
Seating is simple and relatively limited with a couple of tables inside and some shared benches outside, which is our preference if Melbourne turns on some reasonable weather. Food is not really a focus of the venue – there are usually a couple of snacks available but if you are looking for something more substantial we suggest that you visit one of the plethora of nearby venues first before you stop in.
Chapel St Cellars
89 Chapel Street
Mon – Thu: 4:00pm to late
Fri – Sun: 2:00pm to 11:00pm