Vinyl & Wine is a monthly event, involving exactly what it suggests. You listen to a classic album start-to-finish on vinyl, and you drink wine. This is how I like to spend most evenings in my own living room, but the collective listening experience, plus the little details carefully arranged by the organisers, heightens the loveliness at this event.
Hosted at the Liquor Rooms, this intimate venue done up like your granny’s house – with added hipster – suits the event perfectly.
At the door, the cheerful organisers sell the wine they’ve ‘paired’ with tonight’s album, plus copies of the record. Several rows of seats plus some bistro tables face a tiny stage that expert speakers cram onto to discuss the record.
My date and I were lucky enough to listen to Van Morrison’s romantic Astral Weeks (pictured). At first we were slightly surprised by the request to listen in silence, as we’d imagined hushed conversation being allowed. However, once the lights dimmed and the lush notes of the title track drifted out of the flawless sound set-up by Cloney Audio, I didn’t want to utter a word. It would’ve been a shame to miss a moment. By the time the album was over, we were in a blissed-out reverie (the bottle of wine helped too).
The next event takes place on January 8th, where listeners will hear David Bowie’s Low to mark the one year anniversary of his death. Tickets can be found here.