Project Team

design: Harrison Interiors

photographer: Dan Hocking

Harry & Frankie Fitzroy is the new north-side sibling to the original Harry & Frankie wine bar and store in Port Melbourne, known for its sleek yet unpretentious, warm and welcoming atmosphere.

This time set upstairs in a Victorian era public house, the building’s decorative detailing and arched windows inspired a pared-back palette of recycled timber, black steel and honed stone. An Art Deco-inspired leadlight window welcomes visitors and subtly heralds the venue’s modern reconfiguration.

Geometric elements continuing the contemporary update are replicated throughout the space in custom joinery, lighting and bar cladding.

A recycled timber bar sits atop a custom solid timber bench to create the service area. The anchored mass sits comfortably adjacent to its lightweight counterpart, a continuing bar with fine steel legs. Black steel shelves sit elegantly along the back wall, with formed decorative shapes adding points of visual interest.

A ceiling graphic by illustrators Craig & Karl used in the Port Melbourne venue was reimagined here as a hand-painted mural: vines meander onto adjoining walls, intermittently popping up and curling through to add a touch of whimsy, softening the space.

Tall, steel units for stocking wine in the tasting room echo the open linearity of shelving throughout, altogether creating a lightweight, refined environment. Communal tables welcome the possibilities of large group interaction, while also allowing for a series of casual, intimate gatherings. New French doors open directly onto the roof terrace, where new seating beckons for a sunny afternoon tipple.