MELBOURNE | Being a regular at Beermash and Above Board, I noticed Glou as soon as it opened next door on Smith Street late last year. Being a regular at the former two venues also meant that every time I saw Glou, I said to myself “ooh I’ve gotta check this new place out sometime”, then proceeded to go to my usual spots. You know the way it is.
Eventually, I did make it inside, on the last Saturday before lockdown. I’m glad that I did, because what owners Rahel Goldmann (ex IDES, Hell of the North) and Ron Davis (ex Samuel Pepys, Le Pont Wine Store) are doing there is pretty special.
Glou is a wine bar and bottle shop that’s quite unique in its concept. Sustainability is the name of the game here – wines are from environmentally conscious winemakers who employ sustainable methods. The wines are all on tap, poured from sustainable KeyKegs, filled up directly by the wineries from their barrels.
You can enjoy the wines in house, with free tastings, along with small bites delivered from nearby Mono XO. And if you want to take some wine home, Glou has a takeaway licence and an online store. Simply select a 500ml, 1ltr, or 2ltr growler and your wine of choice. And, as a bonus, the minimal packaging and other junk that’s done away with at Glou means that the wines can be sold at up to 30% cheaper than retail. Winning all ’round.
310 Smith Street
Tue – Wed: 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Thu – Sat: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 6:00pm