Down Under Wines moves to Gilbert

Down Under Wines & Bistro, the popular Australian wine bar and wine retail shop, has moved to Gilbert.

After eight years in a strip mall in front of Chandler Fashion Center, Down Under has relocated to the former Baja Fresh building on the northeast corner of McQueen and Warner roads.

Down UnderThe new location is more than twice as big as the old one, and includes an 18-person bar, a dozen four-person tables and even a table for eight.

Along with a smattering of lounge chairs and knick-knacks from the former location, the new Down Under also has a large patio.

Partners Roger Carpenter and Phil Roberts (pictured) haven’t changed the Aussie-Asian fusion menu, which still features such exotic fare as crocodile potstickers, ostrich sliders and kangaroo salad.

For the not-so-adventurous, Down Under offers a wide range of flatbread pizzas, brushcetta, salads and cheese plates.

A grand opening celebration is being planned for January. Carpenter and Rogers also are hosting a New Year’s Eve party where diners can enjoy eight wine tastings paired with eight foods for $55 per person.

The New Year’s Eve celebration also will include an oyster bar, a suckling pig station and a champagne bar for an additional cost.

Down Under Wines & Bistro, 1422 W. Warner Road, Gilbert, opens at 11 a.m. daily. Info: (480) 705-7131 or

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