I just wish this place was walking distance from my house, because I have a feeling it would become my second home – you know, like a modern-day version of “Cheers” - a place where everybody knows your name. Of course, Flatiron Side Door is nothing like the pub ‘Cheers’ though – it is far too elegant and designer savvy. After all, the ever-so-cool wife and husband duo Emma and Ben Bangay are the people behind this little gem.
Flatiron is located in Kew, an area that has changed so much over the last decade.A plethora of young families now reside in 3101 and they desperately seek local businesses that can relate to them. Like many other inner-city suburbs, cafés in Kew were quick to the game. You’ll find many local places that offer smashed avo and a good coffee, but the team at Flatiron has brought something truly unique and beautiful to the local ‘hood.
There are two parts to this corner wonderland. The first half of the business was launched over a year ago where Emma’s sisters run a successful fashion and homeware boutique. HINT: Dads – with Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s a safe bet that any gift from Flatiron is sure to be a winner.
The second half, with entry via the ‘Side Door,’ is the magical wine bar. The attention to the fit out and decor cannot go unnoticed. Beautiful textures, colours and artwork make the space both inside and out, a warm, welcoming chic place to hang. Carmen and I visited on a warm Sunday afternoon and sat outside absorbing the autumn sunshine in the beautiful leafy garden; enjoying a lovely pinot gris from the Adelaide Hills, some carefully selected cheese and homemade pizza. If you are struggling to get a babysitter, children are welcome with toys and books to keep them busy, or better still, leave them at home with dad, grab a few girlfriends and make a night of it by hitting the cocktail list.
Flatiron Side Door is open from: Thur- Sun 3pm until late and is available for private functions, from 40th birthday parties through to school social nights. It also hosts women’s workshops and events. Recently, sub-urban was invited to meet the founder of the skin-care brand Rationale, Richard Parker for a Q & A. It was truly an inspiring afternoon.
For more information visit www.flatironmelbourne.com.au/side-door
Photography: Mandy Couzens