A hidden gem in a laneway, this Bar for the Grossi Family is quintessentially Melbourne


  • Location: Melbourne
  • Client: Guy Grossi
  • Status: Complete
  • Category: Hospitality
  • Year: 2017
  • Photography: Mark Chew

Tucked away behind Guy Grossi’s restaurant empire on Bourke Street, situated on Wurundjeri land, Arlechin was an exercise in negotiating three distinct functions all at once: Wine cellar, flexible function space and bar. On 130sqm. Adjustable tables, lights and fold down joinery become part of the aesthetic, the vaulted cork form is driven by a desire to get a sense of volume within the low space and accommodates extensive ductwork required to regulate temperature in the wine cellar. The steel racks and stained glass are custom built to not only store but to celebrate the wine.

“Six Degrees have helped transform our space into an elegant and functional bar. It feels natural, comfortable, and not contrived. The brief was very well considered creating a space that is both functional and beautiful. It was a challenging space to work with given the need to have flexibility in changing to different modes but the design has allowed all modes to work effectively, each of them feeling like the sole purpose of the space.” — Guy Grossi

Hidden behind a dark vault-like façade, Arlechin is the wine cellar turned laneway bar that is part of what defines the City of Melbourne’s vibrant labyrinth of discovery.