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Wednesday 24 August 2022

Wine bar gives female musicians a lift

A female-owned wine bar in suburban Melbourne is giving a helping hand to local female musicians.

Ericka Argiris from Murrumbeena Wine Bar has recruited a line-up of young female musicians who match the bar’s mood, giving them a spotlight and an audience that will hopefully help kickstart their careers.

Argiris says she wants to emphasize the importance of giving local female artists the spotlight.

She says she often scouts local talent from the the Melbourne Musicians Facebook page if she believes they would complement her venue.

One of her long-standing favourites is Abbey Williams, who performs jazz songs with her 50s-style microphone every Sunday afternoon.

Mia Pisano is a local acoustic folk singer who performs a mixture of her own songs and popular covers while Ruby Mae was one of Murrumbeena Wine Bar’s first artists and occasionally makes a reappearance with her blend of rock, folk and punk.

Music is something that Argiris has wanted to incorporate into her venue since it opened in 2019.

“Each of our artists has their unique sound, even when they play covers, and I encourage them to play their own music too,” she says.

The wine list features a number of smaller wineries including West Cape Howe, Kate Hill, Stargazer and Atze's Corner available by the glass - along with some imports and a small list of "natural" wines.

The bar's caters to a wide range of tastes including offering grazing platters (with a Vegan alternative), and small plates like salt and pepper calamari, and jalapeno poppers. Hand-made Wagyu cheeseburger spring rolls sound intriguing.

There is also a broad list of cocktails, ciders and spirits.

For more info about the wine bar and its weekly schedule of live performances, see

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