Tucked behind Gerard's Bistro is its super sleek and charismatic little brother, Gerard's Bar. The newly opened bar adds another feather to the cap for the Moubment Group as their collection of restaurants and bars — including Hatch & Co, Laruche and Lychee Lounge — grows. It's an interesting addition to the James Street precinct, managing to add something a little different to the existing bustling bar scene.
Open seven nights a week, Gerard's Bar is a great little spot to wet your whistle no matter what day (or time) of the week. They boast an impressive drinks list featuring a range of wine, beer, spirits, sherry and, of course, cocktails. The Arakan, a blend of strawberry, mint, soda and Arak went down a treat. The obviously experienced staff gladly offered their two cents when it came to choosing a drink.
What makes Gerard's Bar hold its own in the competitive area is its range of food. In the front is a charcuterie cabinet bursting with quality meats just waiting to be devoured. Their array of artisan meats such as prosciutto, house-made salami and pancetta go beautifully with a late-night drink. However, the team have been careful not to exclude their veggo customers and offer their own twist on bar snacks, including house-pickled vegetables. A standout were the sliders — the cheeseburger slider with beef, relish, tasty melted cheese, bacon and pickles was a definite pleaser.
The bar itself has been well thought-out. Its outdoor dining area is protected by a magnificent poinciana tree and little pockets of seating areas. Inside, a long bar runs through the space and connects the bar to the kitchen, where staff could be seen preparing delicious treats. The contemporary finishes of polished concrete and modern stools all add to its overall ultra cool atmosphere.