Blackwoods Windsor

Within the lively bar scene of Melbourne, point of difference is everything for bar fitouts. At Canopy Fitouts, we understand that, and we are aware that it's not easy to achieve this when you're on a budget. That is why we were so pleased to deliver a bespoke bar fitout – whilst still keeping it affordable for our client. Read on to see how we transformed a former hair salon into an elegant cocktail destination on the iconic bar and restaurant precinct of Chapel Street.

The name 'Blackwoods' was coined from the existing flooring of the premise. For that reason, the design intent of this bar fitout was to draw on the dark elements of the space and create a sense of sophistication and moodiness throughout. This was reflected across the ebony seating, black marble benchtops and charcoal wall paint – all methods intended to create a luxurious feel while at the same time keeping the bar fitout cost-effective. Coincidentally, Blackwoods is also a subtle nod to the proprietor's family name, so conceptually this resonated with our client!

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Point of difference is always front of mind for us at Canopy Fitouts – especially when fitting out bars and restaurants. So to further elevate the bar fitout, we opted for details that would create a worldly-aged feel whilst upholding relevancy within the Melbourne bar scene – evident across the vintage light fixtures, subway tiles and art-deco inspired bar front. This was also a choice that offered contrast across the bar fitout – where black was set against brass, and dark elements were met with bright green hues.

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With the majority of the commercial spaces situated on Chapel Street dating back to the 1950s, we anticipated that there would be challenges with fitting a bar into an older space. Understanding the tenancy condition and having first-class communication with the landlord was imperative to the successful delivery of this project. Prior awareness of plumbing and power/data cabling difficulties allowed us to plan ahead and address these before they could become an issue. Covering water leaks from the previous tenants and reconditioning the existing cabling layout – were all accommodated for during the build of this bar fitout.

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It is always so much fun working with clients to bring their dreams to life. We were given full creative freedom within the scope of their brief and we are thrilled our client gets to mark their stamp on Chapel street.

Heather McAulay
Interior designer, Canopy Fitouts

By being creative with budget and attentive to detail, our team could design and build an affordable bar fitout without compromising what our client hoped to achieve. Having the expertise of both our design and construct teams at hand, we were able to offer world-class communication across the entirety of this project. Speak with the Canopy Fitouts team for your next bar fitout – we don't mind giving you a little advice on cost, budgets, requirements, and timeframes. So give us a call on 1800 434 868 or email, and we'd be more than happy to chat with you about your new venue's needs! 

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