Lou Dowling of Mary’s has teamed up with the beloved burger joints co-founders, Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham, as well as renowned wine and drinks expert (and well-known journalist) Mike Bennie to open P&V Wine & Liquor in Newtown. Located on Enmore road, the recently opened drinks concept is being described as “part bottle-o, part booze-community incubator” and has been founded with a strong commitment to local and natural wine as well as small batch beer and spirits, with the aim of supporting local business.
The reputable team will be operating P&V Wine and Liquor very much as a community hub with a retail business and a dedicated upstairs space, the Mike Bennie Centre for Good Wine, which will play host to various tasting sessions, events and educational classes; it’ll also be open to winemakers to use for their own meetings and events, as well as functioning as a resource or community space.
“This is a growing hub of really wonderful people producing great products and spaces in our local community: we have some incredible restaurants, great breweries and people making excellent spirits – so why not have a place to buy the type of wine we love”, said Dowling. “All the wines will be divided into unconventional categories rather the traditional varietal. I would love if people would come here and have an experience. It is important that if people don’t know much about natural wine or are looking to learn more, this is a place people can come and feel at ease about dipping their toes in the water”.
“As drinkers of natural wine, local beers and small batch spirits, we felt that the inner west was missing a local resource for getting access to all the interesting drinks coming from avant-garde producers, both locally produced and brought in by cutting edge importers with a focus on products that come from organic, biodynamic and sustainable sources”, added Bennie.
Locals and visitors will be able to browse through some very unique products, whether they be fermented, distilled of brewed. These include rarities often seen in bars and restaurants but usually unavailable for purchase. On the same note, the shop will be lined with interesting things to drink, sourced from local producers with an emphasis on affordability. There’ll even be a mini-market style set-up out front selling do-it-yourself cocktails including pre-batches worked up in collaboration with top bars like Earls Juke Joint, Bloodwood, and Mary’s. Cocktails, beers and spirits distilled are all available to take home in refillable bottles, or customers can purchase their own 2L Growler with a refund off their next purchase.
Hell, the team have even thrown in a couple of ready-to-cook classic TV Dinners on the shelves, including roast chook with herb butter, lemon brined spitchcock, BBQ packs, and black lentil dahl. It is one of Sydney’s most active hubs for students after all.
Address: 64 Enmore Road, Newtown
Feature image: James Adams