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Harry and Frankie, showing you a wine old time by the bay

Named after the kids of co-owners and best mates John Tennent and Tom Hogan, Harry and Frankie joins Bellota as the latest wine-bar bottle-shop hybrid to light up lives south of the city.

It’s the winning formula we just can't get enough of. You’re getting access to hundreds of incredible wines and great knowledge to boot (Hogan earned his stripes as head sommelier at Alla Wolf-Tasker’s Lake House in Daylesford), all for a measly $15 mark-up on the retail price of a bottle.

You’re sitting in a long, deep space beneath a pretty vaulted ceiling decorated with a playful cork design. One library-like wall houses over 600 bottles, mostly sourced from small, family-owned wineries. The lads work closely with Australian producers including Ruggabellus, Spinifex and Vinteloper. The international range is just as impressive, and just as focused on what’s interesting, not what’s popular.

There’s no push to spend big either. Silver taps deliver a grassy pinot gris by boundary-smashing, wild-fermenting winemaker Dave Mackintosh from Ar Fion in the Yarra Valley, or a ballsy shiraz by Adam Marks from Bress – a man whose wines and ciders are as delicious as his cannon is loose. Both are made especially for Harry and Frankie and cost just $7 a glass.

Hungry? Charcuterie and tapas-style eats are housed in glass cases laden with cheeses like a creamy, sharp Brillat-Savarin to a sturdy Tasmanian Pyengana cheddar. We’re all about little plates of salty anchovies, balanced out with sweet notes of capsicum and a crumbly torta, but there’s also one main dish each night – it’s a pork cheek pasta number when we pop in – plus oysters and toasties too.

Lose a few hours to good chat, great snacks and even better plonk.

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Photos by Graham Denholm   |  

Harry & Frankie details

Address
317 Bay St, Port Melbourne 3207

Telephone 03 9645 4414

Open Mon: 4pm-11pm; Wed-Thur: 4pm-11pm; Fri-Sun: 11am-11pm

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