Aperitivo Hour has been at the very heart of the Wine Room since the inception of the hotel just over a year ago. The concept has been based on Maurice’s experience and groundbreaking work at The Melbourne Wine Room in The George Hotel in Melbourne, which is to build a place of quality service, impeccable product and in as many words circle back to what ‘real hospitality’ is.

In its simplest form, the concept is very well priced drinks and delicious plates of super-value snacks from Sunday to Thursday, 5-7pm priced at a super-reasonable $5-7.

Executive Chef Monty Koludrovic and Wine Director James Hird have set out to create a space where, chefs who are friends, visiting winemakers or importers who are family, can drop by and taste with staff and customers alike. It is a meeting place, a place where friends and the wider community can come to catch up and engage in what they love with the creators of what they love.

The concept aims to be a place of creativity, providing access to some of Australia’s and the world’s most renowned chefs, wine makers and restaurateurs. Aperitivo Hour is about having a drink with friends and trying dishes from chefs and winemakers that ordinarily would be less accessible in a casual setting.

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Up Next...


Sunday 1st December, 5-10pm
Feat. Clayton Wells, Dan Hong, The Venezuelans, O Tama Carey, Mat Lindsay & more
Drinks by the OG Melt Crew
Harkham Wines
“Shibuya Meltdown”

Come down to the Wine Room on Sunday 1st December and join us to celebrate Monty Koludrovic‘s Last Supper as we farewell him after his legendary stint at The Dolphin Hotel!

To make this the send-off he truly deserves, we’re extending the hours of Delfino Aperitivo and inviting his besties to rub shoulders in the gravel pit and pump out some last meal-esque snacks that will really get the farewell tears flowing 🙁

We’ll have snacks by CJ from A1 Canteen/ Automata, Hongy from a long list of legendary Merivale restaurants including the newly re-opened Lotus 2.0 in Potts Point, The Venezuelans – the very regular Aperitivo legends from Table 40 with a mad snack game, O Tama together with Mat Carey from Sri Lankan eatery Lankan Filling Station. Is that enough of s snack party? Well, it’s most likely not going to end there, as we’ll have any number of food and drink masters making appearance in the kitchen to lend a hand.

On the drinks side of things, prepare yourself for a Shubuya Meltdown from the #OGMELTCREW aka Giovanni “Johnny” Paradiso, Morgan “Kryptonite” McGlone, Ritchie “OG” Harkham, Andrew “The Guardfather” Guard and Marcus “Martini” Ambrosino. The boys will be in full force for their release with Richie Harkham’s Harkham Wines.

All of this in the Wine Room. Let the carnage commence. If it so happens to spill out into the Dining Room, then so be it, let’s party.


No reservations in Wine Room. First in, best served first.
Reservations available for the Dining Room and casual bookings available throughout Public Bar.