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Brisbane welcomes Cabiria wine bar

With the understated bar styles of New York and Europe as the inspiration; dignified timbers, inspired ruby lighting and eclectic art as the colour palette; Cabiria Wine Bar is set to bring to Brisbane a whole new experience in boutique bar offerings. 

The new hotspot offers rare wines and classic European inspired tasting plates, craft beers and an oyster bar as the hidden jewel, and a celebrated arthouse screen prostitute as the muse.

The brainchild of Peasant Restaurant owner Jamie Webb, Cabiria (cab-ear-ria) Wine Bar has opened at The Barracks, in Brisbane’s inner city Paddington.

Cabiria is industrial and rustic, featuring beautiful recycled timbers, directional artworks, a 17metre bar and a covered deck area, all designed to create an intimate meeting place ambience.

Dedicated to wines from France, Italy and the Mediterranean region as well as some stars from Japan and of course Australia’s best, Cabiria Wine Bar features an entire wall of wines, with over 50 offered in 120ml pours. It is the aim of Webb to encourage a marriage between tasting wines and tasting plates, in a bar which is intimate and personal.

A full boutique and craft beer menu is also showcased with many brews exclusive to Cabiria Wine Bar, including the Spanish Estrella beer on tap, among others.

The Cabiria Oyster or ‘Raw’ Bar will offer market best oysters, shucked to order, with boutique Champagnes and a wide range of Muscadet and Riesling wines to match, as well as Sashimi Grade Yellowfin.

Head Chef Emlyn Thorrington, the culinary creative behind the success of Peasant Restaurant’s menu, leads the Cabiria kitchen team, with a menu featuring classic European dishes in smaller serves to enable tastings and shared dining.

And the name? Cabiria was the name of the prostitute in the 1957 Fellini-directed Italian film Nights of Cabiria. Cabiria was actually played by Fellini’s wife, Giulietta Masina. The movie is arty, edgy and a classic, much like the ambience in its Brisbane namesake bar.