Gerald's Bar

Bars, Wine bars Carlton North
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A decade on, Gerald’s remains an essential neighbourhood haunt

Oh Gerald’s, thy warm embrace is all that’s right and good with Melbourne hospitality. Sidewalk sitting long into the summer night recalls evenings in Paris, but even in the dead of winter, they’ll lend you a fluoro parka should you need to pop outside for a smoke. Inside, the little bar feels like it’s been there for generations, comfy and cluttered, watched over by a huge poster of a young Michael Caine.

Service never takes itself too seriously and even on the busiest nights puts you instantly at ease. By the glass, there’s always something fun and engaging but never too challenging, and the staff know exactly how to read your mind. Vinyl records play soul and blues greats – Gerald’s timeless taste in wine is only outclassed by his taste in music – and the simple, delicious food changes daily based on what’s at the market. Few venues offer a sense of place like Gerald’s, and it’s a place we really like.

By: Fred Siggins

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Venue name: Gerald's Bar
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Address: 386 Rathdowne St
Carlton North
3054
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5-11pm
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