Between them, Good Gilbert’s Wilson Shawyer, Jason Barber and David Train have most bases covered. Shawyer owns sandwich bar Commute, and, until recently, could be found pouring wines at Hellbound; Barber founded Mornings Coffee and its Japanese snack-bar spin-off Konbini; and Train is an award-winning coffee brewer and trader.
It makes sense, then, that Good Gilbert has something for everyone.
The breezy neighbourhood bar sits opposite the Capri Theatre on the corner of Goodwood Road and Gilbert Street (hence the name). The place is bright, open and welcoming with bi-fold doors letting in plenty of light and wide-open windows that double as a spot to perch. It’s a place you could just about spend all day in.
The owners overhauled the former Two Sisters site themselves: they built the bar, the banquettes and stools, and laid the tiling and new concrete floor. The space is all timber and sage with soft tones and warm wood playing off against an industrial concrete floor and tile-clad bar with pressed-metal detailing. Overhead, a line-up of wine bottles skirts the room.
The thoughtfully chosen wine list (which hovers around 140 wines) is 70 per cent Australian and 30 per cent European but it's gradually heading towards more of a 50-50 split. For the beer drinkers, there’s a core range of lagers, pales, sours, ciders from local brewers such as Little Bang and neighbouring Suburban Brew.
For food, expect mushroom croquettes and scotch eggs to roll-out, alongside a snacky menu of anchovies on toast (zhooshed-up with anchovy-chilli butter, capers and parsley salsa verde); house-made dips such as garam masala hummus and miso-caramel eggplant; and plates of cheese and charcuterie (including slices of pastrami from Shawyer’s Truck’n’Roll project). Other suppliers include Say Cheese and Marino Meats from the market, and Goodwood bakery Boulangerie 113.