A sophisticated bar with an authentic family soul that offers the welcoming comfort of a warm embrace.

This jewel of a bar and wine store, created by winemaker Larry Cherubino, doesn’t exactly shout its presence. Set in an old semi-industrial storeroom, its discrete signage and 50-person capacity amplify the intimate, exclusive feel.

Find your way in, though, and enter a space abuzz with the chatter of a smart crowd as diverse and urbane as the wine list. Showcasing not only the broad regional varieties of Cherubino’s ancestral Italy, but a generous smattering of his own wines and other premier local drops, it truly is a tantalising offer. Add well-executed, Italian-accented food and knowledgeable and amiable staff, and a glass of wine with friends easily morphs into two, followed by good classic cocktails.

Add well-executed, Italian-accented food and knowledgeable and amiable staff, and a glass of wine with friends easily morphs into two, followed by good classic cocktails.

The food here is unabashedly a servant to the wine. From snacks – olives and house-made truffle and parmesan pretzels – to heartier shared plates like lasagne or meatballs, it’s as unfussy as it is unpretentious. A crisp, juicy veal cotoletta with crunchy slaw hits the spot, while the burrata with honey and truffle is worth a visit alone.

Cherubino City Cellar is that rare place that not only wins hearts over with its simple yet smart offering, but delivers the hospitality equivalent of a hug. A tonic for the soul.