Rascal, Brunswick

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
Victoria 3056

Telephone: (03) 9114 2817
E-mail: [email protected]

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


Falafel Omisi, Yokine

Volare, Maylands

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


Falafel Omisi, Yokine

Volare, Maylands

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