Melbourne’s Newest Bar Will Transport You to the 1920s

Lauren Powell

When you find out the new brewery and bar hall in town was inspired by the industrial revolution and a 1920s train station, you know it’s going to be one seriously cool establishment. It’s safe to say that Melbourne’s newest hotspot, Stomping Ground Brewery and Bar Hall, is much more than just a pub.

The brainchild of local hospitality duo Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone, who are also behind St Kilda institution The Local Taphouse, opened Stomping Ground late last year and enlisted the expertise of renowned interior design firm Studio Y to turn the converted warehouse in Collingwood into one of the Victorian capital’s most desired meeting destinations. Behind the modest, graffiti-filled exterior, you’re greeted with a vintage-meets-industrial-inspired interior so stylish you’ll never want to leave. Scroll down to take a tour through the space and find out how Studio Y’s lead designer, Yaron Kanor, created an interior that has become the talk of the town.

MYDOMAINE: What was your inspiration for the design and style of the space?

YARON KANOR: We wanted to create a space that referenced the industrial revolution and gave a sense of a centuries-old abandoned space with echoes of a 1920s train station.

MD: What do you love most about it?

YK: There are a number of aspects about Stomping Ground that the Studio Y team and I love, for example, the textures and materiality that combine to create an aesthetic of 100 years ago.

Two particular features which we think the patrons will love are the central fireplace, which provides a natural scent of wood fire which hits before you enter the building and the fully retractable roof in the beer garden, which keeps punters dry and warm but can also be peeled back to enjoy the sunshine or the stars. What I like most, however, is how all of these features flow and interact to create a space that feels connected.

MD: What is your favourite item in the space?

YK: The Carrera marble and distressed timber bar with its clear view of the steel fonts and the window façade with blackened steel frame inspired by vintage factories from yesteryear.

MD: How would you describe the environment and feeling of the space?

YK: More than anything, we wanted to create an experience that was inclusive, welcoming, and down-to-earth. Added touches such as the kids’ cubby house provide a relaxed family atmosphere but the space is also the perfect spot for a date, a function or a gathering of friends.

Although the space itself is vast, it’s been divided into zones to create intimacy, warmth and also, connection. We’ve made a new “stomping ground” where visitors not only enjoy the beers brewed on site but also enjoy the atmosphere itself.

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