When Gold Coast Italian joint Gemelli debuted its huge James Street outpost in 2021, it brought with it a whole second venue, Bar Tano.

Set within the former Bucci tenancy next door, Tano references the breezy aperitivo culture of northern Italy, as well as the mid-century details you’d expect from a classic Milanese or New York wine bar, with plenty of marble and mirrored surfaces.

The drink selection leans towards cocktails, classic spritzes and Negronis. But the list also includes house creations such as the Drive Me Nuts (a cross between a Negroni and an Old Fashioned); Better Than Butter (a buttery twist on a Whiskey Sour); and the Martini Express, which features house-made coffee liqueur. There are also Italian wines available, plus local and imported Italian beers.

For food, expect a rotating selection of salumi and cheeses, plus Italian entrees such as ricotta dip, burrata, gnocco fritto (crispy fried dough) and polpettini (small Tuscan-style meatballs).

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Updated: December 21st, 2021

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