Tucked below ground on Adelaide Street, Grape Therapy Wine Merchants and Drinking Den is an old-fashioned, suave bar oozing Dean Martin class.
Grape Therapy Wine Merchants and Drinking Den is not the easiest place to find. Folk on the hunt for the underground gentlemen’s club should search for a small sign marking the entrance, beneath Ciccio’s Pasta Bar.
As you descend down the stairs, Grape Therapy’s old-fashioned charm instantly impresses. The drinking den is filled with Chesterfield lounges, vintage memorabilia, antique mirrors, old cigar boxes and a stag’s head mounted on the wall.
The bespoke underground bar is another venture of wine educator Darren Davis, responsible for Bar Barossa and the previous Studio pop-up wine bar.
Unable to get the lease renewed on the six-month old Studio pop-up, Davis wasn’t deterred to pursue his project of inspiring people with great wine.
At Grape Therapy, a selection of both young and old wines are available for purchase at retail price, or for a surcharge of $20, they can be consumed in the lounge. Essentially this means guests can have a night out drinking fine wine, at half the cost. For something a little stronger, there’s also a range of spirits available.
Venturing beyond evening drinks, guests can grab a coffee at Grape Therapy between 7-12pm and withdraw from busy city life momentarily. Darren’s legendary long lunches will also be held regularly which include a four-course feast, catered by Ciccio’s, and six Barossa Valley wines.
Slink into this drinking den post-work, relax into a Chesterfield and enjoy a glass of fine wine.