Thataboy Wine Bar is a playful Melburnian take on New York City’s illustrious smoking lounges and bars. Nestled in Katherine Place in the CBD, with the area recently dubbed the NYC part of town, Thataboy was designed to be approachable, clean and understated.
“Melbourne city is spending lots of money to change the name and the connotation this part of town has. We all know that there is the Paris end of town, which is clean, pristine and has great history, but this area of town also has an interesting history and has really become a destination area for the city,” say Canopy Director Karl Simity.
Part of the brief was to create a space that feels like part of the community, where locals can pop in, have a glass of wine and enjoy the brilliant local food. We wanted it to be multi-functional with a number of different spaces for different needs.
“The front is for the passer-by to have a quick beer, but there are more intimate booths at the back of the space to share a bottle of red. There’s also a high bar section for the pop in who wants to share a cheese board and select a wine from the feature wall,” says Karl.
Standout features for this fitout include the custom wine wall that doubles as a storage facility and a point of sale for locals who want to pick up a bottle of wine on their way home.
The timber bar top from Tongue and Groove adds a dash of rustic charm and the feature lighting by Fat Shack Vintage positioned above the bar and throughout the space help to soften the mood.
One of our favourite features is the barrel wall. “We sourced the barrels from one of the producers who feature on the wine list and suspended them on the wall. It adds an earthy feeling to the back of house area and the right frame of timber tones just the right amount of warmth,” he says.