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.
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.