Inspiring Spaces - Bars & Cafes

Inspiring Spaces
Inspiring Spaces - Bars & Cafes
Little Ways Bar in New York.

Little Ways Bar, New York

Decked out in velvet seating, vintage wallpaper, a pink fireplace and psychedelic wall art, the 70's inspired Little Ways in New York's SoHo is a retro spot in the city for dining and drinks. A wood panelled-roof adds to the late mid-century aesthetic, which is also reflected in the menu which serves dishes including chicken schnitzel and sesame devilled eggs.

Bergamo's Bar New York.

Bergamo's Bar, New York

Bergamo's in New York's Midtown East is a cavernous yet welcoming watering hole from Momofuku alumni Tien Ho. Despite the scale of it (the bar is 63-foot-long), the space feels cosy with lush foliage, doughy couches in dark brown leather, ornately carved wooden side tables, rattan armchairs and a vaulted tiled ceiling which is a design reference to the Guastavino-tiled ceilings in the city's Grand Central Terminal. 

Secret Room Bar, Dubai

Secret Room Bar, Dubai

Nothing like your typical speakeasy which is unassuming and discreet, visiting Secret Room in Dubai is a theatrical experience before you've even ordered a drink. The attention-grabbing interiors are both sci-fi and sixties-inspired, with a bronze-coloured, spaceship shaped bar made from fibreglass taking centre stage. Even the bathrooms are show-stopping, lined with glass floors and mirrored walls. 

Darkly light bar Sweetwater, King's Cross London

Sweetwater, King's Cross, London

Sweetwater is a New Orleans-inspired cocktail bar set across two levels within Lafayette, a new 600-capacity music and nightlife venue within the Goods Way project. A modern take on saloon-style watering holes, the huge space also houses a plant-covered courtyard dedicated to street food.

An image of the interiors at Ozone Bethnal Green London.

Ozone Bethnal Green, London

This airy converted warehouse restaurant in Bethnal Green is the latest opening from New Zealand-based coffee roasters Ozone. East London interior design studio Box 9 crafted a modern space that reflects Ozone’s ethos of sustainability, using plywood benches and architecture studio Snøhetta's S-1500 chairs which are made from recycled fishing nets.

Darkly light bar located in the Royal Festival Hall on South Bank, London.

Spiritland Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London

Located in the Royal Festival Hall and designed by HOK, the theatrical interiors of this bar and restaurant combine pattern and colour in a way that clashes without being jarring. Velvet curtains, a marble bar and rounded leather booths provide the perfect perch for socialising in this space that’s specially catered to music lovers.

Restaurant seating at Folie Restaurant, Soho, London

Folie, Soho, London

The interior designers behind Chiltern Firehouse, Studio KO, have injected "the sensuality and glamour of the 1960s and 70s" into the interiors of this Mediterranean eatery. Terrazzo flooring is softened up with patterned carpet and special attention has been given to the seating which is a combination of leather banquettes and blue velvet armchairs.

Comfy seating area at womens only work and wellness social club, Maison, in New York.

Maison, Upper East Side, New York

A women’s only work and wellness-focused social club in New York’s upper east side. Working with architect Lubrano Ciavarra and Ronen Lev for the interior design, the space is bright, mood-lifting and more sophisticatedly neutral than overly feminine.