This is my second night in Melbourne and also my second night without any wine, an unusually long time for me! That is becasue I am alone and do not usually like drinking a full bottle by myself. I have been working extremely hard and also networking a great deal, so thought I would take the two evenings to be by myself (missing my loved one though!), rest up, and read and write a bit.
I don't mind going out to eat alone. When doing so though, I typically will not drink wine a I am reluctant to order a full bottle by myself and very few restaurants have a good wine list of half bottles (a few certainly do, but I am not aware of one close to where I am staying in Melbourne). There are certainly restaurants that sell a number of wines by the glass, but usually these are not the type of wines I like to drink, especially at $14 - $17 per glass! I have too many very good bottles of wine in my cellar for which I paid less per bottle than that!
One of the well known restaurants in Sydney proudly proclaims that they sell 60 different wines by the glass, but there was not one on the list I would pay the per glass price for. There are a few emerging small wine bars that focus on selling premium wines by the glass, but I was not interested in going to a bar - I was interesting in eating a meal and accompanying the meal with a good glass or two. Some of the wine bars that are selling premium wine by the glass also have good tapas and small plates of food to share, so a drink and nibble combination with friends can result in a very nice evening out. But again, I was without friends and looking for a restaurant.
James Halliday shared sage advice when he said it was far better to drink a good beer than poor wine, and I agree with him. Therefore, when I am not aware nor can find a restaurant with good wine by the glass when I am alone, I will usually order a beer, or just water or juice.
And the last two nights I have been quite tired, so after walking around for a while and getting a little fresh air, I decided to just once again get a take-out Subway sandwich and bring it back to my room. Yesterday, I had a Diet Coke with it and today an Iced Tea. Not very exciting, but also no chance of disappointment.
If anyone knows of a decent restaurant (in Melbourne, Sydney, and any other Australian CBD or US city) that has a larger and good selection of very good wines by the glass, it would be great to know. Please comment on your recommendations or write me, and I will keep updating and sharing the list with everyone.