Juanita’s is dishevelled, filled with kitsch wares, hard-to-find and nigh on impossible to contact. Its owners, Murry and Juanita Gill, openly forbid restaurant critics, frequently bag the local council for its parochial views and aren't concerned with keeping up appearances.
No, Juanita's isn't your typical small bar.
The personality-packed spot fills the tiny ex-storeroom of the adjoining art supply shop, Gill & Hille Merchants, and spills out onto the footpath to the front and side of the building.
Above the rickety chairs and laminated tables are shelves of vintage toys, Gill's oil paintings in gilt frames, rusty signs, and chalkboard menus announcing the day’s offerings.
The dim lighting would lend the bar a sombre vibe if it weren’t for the fact that it’s perpetually packed with people ecstatic at scoring a table.
But just because the tables are wobbly and none of the chairs match, doesn't mean the Gills don't care. The couple serves a range of local and affordable Spanish and French wines, draught beer and a select few cocktails, of which the margarita is the most popular.
Quick eats include tapas platters and cakes, which change by the day and according to the whim of the Gills.
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