Hightail, Melbourne, Australia

Hightail, Melbourne, Australia

In response to the expansive space of Melbourne’s new Hightail Bar, local design firm Techné Architecture took an unusual starting point for its design cues, by looking to Graeme Base’s children’s book, The Waterhole, for inspiration.

As a result, the quirky venue is layered with texture and colour, including columns covered in jungle murals; curved timber booths; and ceilings created using stalactite formations that impede sight lines, creating intimate zones.

There are two bars: the beer bar is finished in copper, cork, concrete and tiles laid in patterned waves like those found in 1930s Australian pubs; while the wine bar features timber, brass and royal blue carpeting. Fast fare from three vendors – Mr Burgers, Belle’s Hot Chicken and Super Taco – can all be ordered via an app and delivered to tables.