The team behind Blue Kahunas is bringing Newcastle a new bar!
Yep – you read that right, the ever-so-talented team behind Newcastle’s go-to Tiki-inspired rum bar, Blue Kahunas, is bringing a whole new bar with a whole new vibe to the people of Newcastle.
With the talented young couple, Prudence and Byron, at the helm once more, their newest venture, Bar Mellow, will still have their fun, welcoming, and unique vibe at the core but with a completely new offering. Bar Mellow will be Newcastle’s very own sophisticated wine bar with a focus on all things vino, an elevated cocktail list, and refined eats.
Where can you find this new addition?
Well, it’s not quite ready for the public, but it will be setting up shop in one of Newcastle’s most beautiful buildings, bank corner on Hunter St. You’ll know this building, with its commanding façade and street presence, the corner space has been yearning for a bar and we don’t think there’s a better couple to do the job and do it well.
Whilst the space has still got a little bit of work to be done before their doors officially open (keep reading to find out the proposed opening date), we thought we’d have a little sticky beak to find out what exactly we can expect from Newcastle’s up and coming wine bar.
Located on the ground floor, open up Bar Mellow’s double doors and step inside to a classy, sophisticated, and moody interior. With heritage touches, the interior boasts tonal browns and a beige colour palette, and subtle notes of pink and orange.
“I’m really going for tonal browns and a beige colour palette. Because the bank door is pink, we’ll also have some real subtle tonal pink touches,” Prudence shared.
Just look at this exquisite bank door – what hides behind is just as enticing. What will it be utilised for? Whilst it’s still up for discussion amongst the couple, we have no doubt this cosy nook of a space will be unique.
“We will do something in this vault area eventually. It definitely lends itself to be something pretty cool. We’re just trying to figure out the best way to use this space and utilise these tall shelves.”
The large windows will eventually be put on display so visitors can take in the high ceilings that really showcase the beautiful space. The back bar wall features a unique mural painted by ex-Blue Kahunas staff member, Matt Ware, with the remaining walls featuring a scattering of artworks.
“We will have artwork scattered across the walls as well. When I say artwork, I have a couple of friends that will do some big and small-sized pieces a plate of oysters, or a wine bottle; kind of boujee and a little bit elevated.”
With a huge focus on wine, the pair have worked alongside the incredible Meredith Hemmings, group beverage director of Three Blue Ducks, and works with Sydney-based natural focussed wine store, P&V Merchants.
“Basically, she knows her shit and I’m so excited to be working with her on this. I love wine and I know a little bit, but I don’t know enough. To have someone who is going to pick some really great wines is so awesome.”
The cocktail offerings will feature refined classics with a really balanced back bar whilst the food offering will be kept simple with a small collection of snacks available.
“Think very classic, deli-style food. Things like pickles, olives, sardines with nice, toasted bread.”
Now drumroll please… the new venue will be open to wine-lovers, new venue hunters, and all of Newcastle come late August/early September. To be amongst the first to experience the newest venture by the Blue Kahunas team, make sure to sign up for the HUNTERhunter’s newsletter here, and follow along on the Bar Mellow journey on their socials!