By Jo Attard

    Relative newcomer to the Footscray bar scene, Bud Of Love Wine Bar landed as a physical shop front on Barkly Street in September 2022. Prior to that it was an online wine store but owner Farah Sabet was determined to connect with community via her own brand of welcoming street presence and a bar which bends rules. 

    There’s a whole lot to love about the wine store-cum-bar combination. For starters, the wine selection is comprehensive. If nothing tickles your fancy on the by-the-glass menu you can simply purchase a bottle from the stocked fridge or wall of wine, taking home what you don’t finish. 

    Happy hour occurs daily between 4pm and 6pm, just in time for a knock-off tipple with $8 schooners and $10 wine by the glass. There’s a great cocktail menu too. We opted for one of each of the Espresso and Spicy Martinis and the Budding Rose Negroni which were all delicious, but made even tastier by the happy hour price tag of just $12. 

    The food options are simple and perfect for sharing. Onsite options include a salami plate, cheese platter, jaffles, hummus and olives. If you’re wanting something more you’re welcome to order in and support one of the many local restaurants which is another top feature of this venue’s flexibility.

    What I like best about Bud Of Love is Farah’s commitment to building community which goes beyond just selling booze. She runs regular events and is open to collaborations. On Thursdays there’s a Trivia night which focuses on lots of fun active participation so you don’t need to be a trivia buff to enjoy. There are also Speed Dating nights planned for July and August but they’re selling out so if you’re looking for love get in quick for the August 2nd event. 

    The venue makes for a fabulous intimate spot to hold private functions and you can find out more by heading to their website or following their socials. 

    Bud Of Love Wine Bar

    251 Barkly St, Footscray.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday to Friday 4pm – late
    Saturday and Sunday 3pm – late  

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