Geralds Bar

Gerald Diffey and Mario Di Ienno, the brains behind Gerald’s Carlton Bar, have put their all into this establishment. Between the two of them they have years of experience in some of Melbourne’s best restaurants – but Gerald’s Bar is different.

It has a warm light and pleasant atmosphere that will make you feel at home, like a local. So pull up a stool, relax, and enjoy one of Melbourne bars hidden gems. Who knows, maybe you’ll even end up becoming a regular!

This establishment has an extensive list of wines available by the glass, bottle or carafe. The staff are knowledgeable about the well-stocked wine list and will offer recommendations for what to drink next according to your tastes. Geralds Bar in Carlton also offers imported beers from around the world on tap, including Stella Artois, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Heineken.

The menu, celebrates produce from local vendors, and varies from day to day, so regulars are unlikely to get bored. Dishes might include hare and mash, sardines, pickled veggies or sliced jamon and manchego which you order from a menu that is hand written on a roll of paper and hanging over the sliding ladder that services the higher bottles above the bar.

Geralds is a unique and charming wine bar that features a massive wine list, handwritten food menu, and daily changing kitchen menu. The bar is decorated with a poster of young Michael Caine watching over you, adding to the fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Beggars Belief is authored by the owner Gerald Diffey who wrote a collection of funny, poignant, insightful and just plain ludicrous stories from Gerald’s life in kitchens and behind bars. The man who mixed it with the likes of Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Michel Roux Jr., Antony Worrall Thompson and many more. If you like your memoirs served with humour (laced with wisdom) then this book is for you.