MELBOURNE | I first discovered Rascal during Melbourne’s extended lockdown 2.0. At the time, it was operating as a bottle shop, rather than the usual wine bar and bottle shop that it is. I was very impressed by the extensive range of quality local wines and craft beers on offer, and couldn’t wait to visit properly when lockdown ended.
End lockdown did, and it didn’t take me long to head to experience the venue properly. Located on Sydney Road, Rascal is housed inside a beautiful old building with exposed brick and polished timber floors. It has a very warming, welcoming atmosphere.
The offering here is very impressive and rotates regularly. On the drinks front, there’s an extensive array of old and new world beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and non-alcoholic products. You can enjoy anything on the shelves in the venue, or purchase them to go. There’s also an online store.
Food wise, there’s some thing for those seeking a snack or a full meal. Chef Kyle Nicol focuses on sustainability, local ingredients, and hyper local produce from Moreland (the council area of which Brunswick is a part) where possible. You can expect things like charcuterie, tamari pumpkin, rainbow chard pasties, and half koji chickens. It’s all very delicious.
341 Sydney Road
Sun: 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Mon – Thu: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm to 11:00pm