New local on Port Melbourne’s Bay Street, Harry & Frankie, is encouraging you to drink better and more adventurously.
The part wine bar, part wine shop co-owner Tom Hogan has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, the past three and a half of which were spent as the sommelier at The Lake House in Daylesford.
“As much as I loved working for Alla [Wolf-Tasker] – she’s a complete inspiration – I needed to have a crack myself, and thankfully John [Tennent] wanted to get involved in the wine business,” Hogan says of his business partner and former logistics gun.
It was the building and not the location that won the duo over, a former marketing office with a stunning vaulted ceiling.
“It just felt like a place that deserved a wine bar,” Hogan says.
Empire Builders have joined forces with emerging designers Foolscap (Uncle, Shebeen, Candied Bakery, Patricia) to create a space that’s fresh, clean, and unpretentious with a cork ceiling design by Craig & Karl that demands a second (and third) look.
The unfussy atmosphere continues through to the wine selection which leans toward family-owned producers, many of whom Hogan has a personal relationship with.
“Our philosophy is that wine shouldn’t be pretentious,” Hogan says. “Wine can sometimes be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It should be fun, because essentially it exists just for fun and anyone who attributes social status to what they’re drinking is a bit of a wanker, really.”
Sit at the bar and sip $7 ‘on tap’ Ar Fion Pinot Gris, nurse a glass of Gran Cru burgundy or peruse the wall of wine to choose one (or more) to go.
For food, graze on tapas, charcuterie, sliced-to-order salami and salumi, cheeses curated by Olivia Sutton (of the soon-to-be-open Harper & Blohm Cheese Shop), Grand Cru toasties (roast lemon chicken breast with aioli, spinach, cheese and beetroot relish) and a nightly main.
Harry & Frankie
317 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
(03) 9645 4414
Wed to Thurs 4pm–11pm
Fri to Sun 11am–11pm