Italy on our minds
6:00 PM18:00

Italy on our minds

Join author Paola Bacchia as we collaborate on an Adriatic themed dinner cooking recipes from her soon to be released book titled Adriatico. This is Paola's second foray into publishing and is as deliciously presented as her mouthwatering Instagram account Italyonmymind. 

Kicking off at a family friendly time, the dinner will feature 5 dishes for $100 with an optional $50 wine pairing available on the night as well as a special wine list featuring Italian wines from the Adriatic influenced regions of Italy. Our usual corkage policy also applies. 

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Fighting Gully Road Truffle dinner
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Gully Road Truffle dinner

We are celebrating the first ever commercial crop of the Walpole family's black truffles. A five course dinner with wines from Mark's Fighting Gully Road winery. 

Each course will feature a current release wine, a back vintage and inspiration wine. The inspiration wines are behind his decision to plant certain varieties.

Chef has prepared a range of dishes that will feature Mark's newest agricultural success story. 

$150 including wines and truffle.

For bookings email

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Barbaresco a tavola (OZ)
6:30 PM18:30

Barbaresco a tavola (OZ)

It's not always about Barolo, you know, it's also about the wines of Barbaresco, which sometimes live in the shadow of Barolo, but should be celebrated for their difference, fragrance and finesse. And equal quality. For 25 years the new release wines of Barbaresco have been celebrated at the Barbaresco a tavola in Piedmont, so the idea here, is to have a local celebration, for local people. The Recreation was quietly chuffed when asked to be the venue for the inaugural Barbaresco a tavola (OZ). It's kind of like working, only different.

This year's Barbaresco a tavola (OZ) features some great wines from Barbaresco and showcases the following producers -  Paitin, Produttori del Barbaresco, Albino Rocca, Fiorenzo Nada, Bruno Rocca, Castello di Verduno, and Valter Musso.

The wines poured for tasting will be accompanied by a selection of food designed to amplify these wonderful wines.



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Winter Beer Festival
12:00 PM12:00

Winter Beer Festival

The Recreation bistro x bottleshop introduces the first of its biannual beer festivals. It promises to be a great afternoon with beers from Hawkers, Napoleone & co, La Sirene, Wolf of the willows and more. The ticket includes food served all afternoon both from The Recreation's wood burning grill focusing on food we consider Australians would call a 'barbie' as well as a well known local food vendor producing some food in an American barbecue theme.

The beers on show have been selected by the brewers as what they consider their best winter style of beer. Expect Porter, Red Ale and IPA. The ticket price also includes the first beer that you decide on from the range on show. Beers will then be sold by the 'pony' for the low-price of $5 per glass. Entertainment will be provided by a live band. Definitely an afternoon not to be missed.

Full list of brewers for this exciting event below.


Hop Nation

La Sirene

Wolf of the willows


Napoleone & co

Moon dog

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The Prosecco Queen reigns supreme $25pp
6:00 PM18:00

The Prosecco Queen reigns supreme $25pp

Join Melissa Brauer AKA The Prosecco Queen for a tutored tasting of four different styles that this popular sparkling wine from the north-east of Italy can achieve.  

Melissa is a passionate educator on the region having just returned from a recent visit the session will incorporate some of her own selections from the Veneto she imports directly. 

Upon conclusion we invite you to linger and enjoy a Spritz or another glass of Prosecco along with some cicchetti (light snacks).

To reserve your spot at the table please call 9042 2707 or email


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11:00 AM11:00

Christmas and New Year trading hours

Christmas day - closed

Boxing day - closed

27th - closed for Christmas day holiday

28th - open from 11am

29th - open from 11am 

30th - open from 11am

31st - open from 11am

New years day - closed

2nd January - closed

3rd January - normal trading hours resume

Please take care on the roads over this period. 

Merry Christmas

All of us at 'The Rec'

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Animus Gin masterclass in the bottleshop
4:00 PM16:00

Animus Gin masterclass in the bottleshop

Join us for a masterclass involving all three gins crafted by Kilmore based distillery Animus.

We are lucky enough to have two of the four spirit loving founders in attendance to do a session explaining gin making, their products, a demonstration of three drinks suited to their gins and then you can pick your favourite to enjoy for yourself. 

$25 per person. We only have ten spaces available so get in early. 

P 9402 2707 



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