Melbourne’s latest wine bar Olivine opens in a former prison


Olivine wine bar has opened its doors in the former Pentridge prison as part of the billion-dollar development in Melbourne’s north Coburg that includes the 106-room Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge Melbourne.

Pentridge’s former heritage cells have been transformed into an elegant and refined wine bar with a walk-in cellar door, intimate booths and stellar wine list.

Olivine seats 100 guests and features a wine list of more than 500 labels from local and international producers that has been curated by sommelier Liinaa Berry.


“Our wine list is called the Book of Wine,” Liinaa said. “It has been curated to give context and narrative to wine, whilst watercolour illustrations (by local artist, Elizabeth Nicholls) add punctuation to the text.

“The Book of Wine is categorised into chapters to give guests context. If you look for context that you like, then you will find the wines you love.”

The bar also offers an eclectic selection of more than 90 craft spirits in addition to a grazing menu.