The old milk bar is on its last legs in Melbourne. You can still find them around, but the signage is likely to be fading and the proprietors nearing retirement. It's sad - many of us have rosy memories of these small community hubs, which were usually reached by bike or on foot, rather than in a car.
Luckily, a new generation has stepped up. Most of them aren't particularly faithful to their predecessors, but that's okay. Even if they only sell a few eggs or whizz up a superb blue-heaven milkshake, to us, all these spots embody the friendly spirit of the old milk bar in one way or another.
If that's not enough for you, check out Jerry's and Rowena Parade Corner Store, two hold-outs which have been around since the mid '50s.