Just off the main drag in increasingly happening Healesville, this subterranean bunker wouldn't be out of place in the city. The building is one of the most striking in town, a collection of warm blond wood slats standing to attention like a bundle of matchsticks, and inside it's a contrasting mix of genres and textures.
A splendid outdoor area looks out on to the Healesville Bowling Club. Past the bar, it's all dark and slinky, with a masculine bronze, gold and black colour scheme, and deco flourishes inspired by The Great Gatsby. Keep exploring and you'll find a series of striking wall finishes by local artist Paul Sonsie, from a tranquil rainforest scene, to blocks of recycled wood, to bright green astroturf. More is more.
The recently revamped Middle Eastern-ish menu from ex-Gigi Baba chef Trevor Schneider features generous share plates and rich flavours at good prices.
Boasting a late licence, Herd Bar caters and is welcoming to all, offering sensational service, ambience in an unpretentious relaxed space, a must destination whist meandering the glorious Yarra Valley.