The Gallery nightclub is up for lease

A WARRNAMBOOL night-life institution is available to lease.

In what looks like the end of an era for the Gallery nightclub, the two-storey building has been put on the market for rent.

Falk and Co director David Falk said the iconic sandstone building, on the corner of Kepler and Timor streets, certainly had a lot of history.

Mr Falk said there had been strong interest in the 550 square-metre site.

“We’re speaking with one party at the minute,” he said.

“It’s certainly still open to other people. 

“There’s the old piece on the corner and the newer section on Timor Street.

“It’s a fairly large building spread over two levels.”

The Gallery Nightclub.

The Gallery Nightclub.

Mr Falk said the building was suited to a retail buisness, a restaurant or offices.

“The owners are open to different scenarios,” he said.

In June last year The Standard reported the nightclub had temporarily closed its doors to make way for a revamp.

Susie and Darryl Porter, who also own the Whalers Hotel, bought The Gallery in 2012.

In 2014 The Gallery was extended to include an additional bar and courtyard. Prior to the sale in 2012, former owners Alison Bonjer and Paul Blain owned the nightclub for almost 25 years.

A Facebook page was set up on Sunday with the administrator calling for the nightclub to reopen.

The Bring Back The Gal page had one post reach more than 12,000 people and the page had attracted more than 500 likes by Friday.

The administrator behind the page Jack Burke said the nightclub was a big part of Warrnambool’s nightlife and traditions.

“Everyone knew when you turned 18 you’d go to the Gal,” he said.

“You might say you don’t want to go to the Gal but every time you went there you’d have a good time.”

Mr Falk said there were a number of buildings available to rent in Warrnambool and most landlords were willing to negotiate and discuss different options.