Sometimes you're in it for the big-spend, big-wine, long lunches of the heady ’80s that Di Stasio is famous for, and sometimes you just want to mull over the day's events with a Punt e Mes in one hand and some Italian bar snacks close at hand.
Up amongst the action at the bar is where you want to be when you're drinking at Gerald's. This is a bar that is a tried and true friend to those imbibing solo. Prop up the long stretch of wood and see what they are pouring, or shake off a shabby week with a negroni.
This snappy little wine bar is quirky but not cutesy, and though on the gentrified side retains just a hint of a rock and roll edge. Plus the staff charged with pouring the drinks, manning the decks and keeping things copacetic are a good natured bunch – not to mention pretty damn easy on the eyes.
If you’re looking down the gloomy maw of a Melbourne winter, Neighbourhood Wine's good booze, great tunes and perennially smiling staff are a salve to the lone drinker. Plus even the more snack-sized menu items have matched wine suggestions – lamb ribs and a glass of Spanish mencia for dinner it is!
Mercy Bar – formerly known as Virginia Plain is a huge establishment, which is excellent news if you are planning on taking a seat at the grandiose 25-seat granite bar – no danger of being underfoot here. They have house pinot noir on tap and plenty in the way of craft beers to even out the most rumpled of spirits in under two sips.