1. Tote on the Turf, Mumbai, India
White metal pillars branch out like trees as they reach the ceiling, creating the effect of walking down a forest path. Strategically placed skylights in abstract shapes, mimicking sunlight breaking through dense foliage, heighten that feeling. By contrast, the 40ft long bar upstairs is all dark chocolate wood. The faceted wood panels on the walls give the impression of looking through a kaleidoscope, or at paper that was folded to make an origami figure and then opened out.
Design by: Serie Architects
2. Alcatraz Brewing Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
The interior features an industrial motif: glass block flooring at the mezzanine, exposed mechanical ducts, galvanized table tops, and chrome and wood chairs. The back lit trim at the bar is made from recycled bottles. An ”Alcatraz Prison” theme is reflected in the “Golden Gate” bar tables and “prison cell bars” at booth partitions.
Design by: Design & EDG
3. Bluu Bar, Birmingham, UK
In the evening you can venture down to the super sexy basement bar, with its retro design and imagery, black and red leather booths and dance floor. On the ground floor is a bar/brasserie that provides a setting for day to day informal eating, drinking and socializing. Cleverly designed the bar links to the brasserie in a seamless style, where customers dine from the seasonally changing modern British menu.
Design by: Macaulay|Sinclair
4. Bar Missoni, Edinburgh, Scotland
Cocktails are the main lure on the drinks front with Italian inspired drinks like the Basilito (which, as the name suggests, is a basil-based Mojito) and the rather nifty Biennale. There’s a solid wine list and a rather limited food menu too. Yes, design is the dominant force here, which can impact on atmosphere: this is, at the end of the day, still a hotel bar, but in terms of visual invention, this place wins without question.
Design by: Matteo Thun
5. Geisha Bar, Nottingham, UK
The environment is sleekly detailed and glamorous. The large bar is moodily lit, low-seated and impressively detailed, from one exquisitely mosaic-tiled wall to another. Flickering tea lights in red glasses, glossy black chopsticks and dramatically elegant wine glasses sit on stained dark wooden tables.
Design by: Macaulay|Sinclair
6. The Sound Club, Phuket, Thailand
The fantastic lighting, designed by Inverse (London and Bangkok) uses the latest club lighting technology. One of the central attractions is the bar lit by a stunning 19-meter graphic equalizer LED screen that is synchronized to the music that ranges form electronic music, hip-hop and R n’ B to house depending on the DJ and the theme of the night. The walls and décor contribute integrally to creating a superior acoustics and audio environment.
Design by: Orbit Design Studio
7. Obsidian Bar, Manchester, UK
Obsidian Restaurant and Bar is a sensationally luxurious venue in Manchester. Whether you are after an uber sexy place to have a stylish soirée or an intimate and discreet moment with a loved one, or even an impressive dinner with clients, Obsidian restaurant and bar is the one of the best places to choose in Manchester. Obsidian also has private dining and private hire facilities for any special occasion, party or celebration.
Design by: Julian Taylor Design Associates
8. Vanity Nightclub, Las Vegas, Nevada
Vanity is an eclectically layered maximalist jewel box of a club- an organized chaos of glinty faceted forms rubbing up against soft cut velvets, deep satins and rich tapestries. It is a mix of saturated jewel tones fused with bronze and gold metallic, antique mirror, rubbed brass and black chrome. References to pearls and hand cut crystal abound.
Design by: Mr. Important
9. Bangalore Express Bar, London, UK
The décor is modern and sleek and the red, black and beige geometric patterns, large wooden benches and booths catered for intimate group and couples dining, create an atmosphere of easy sophistication. There is draft and bottled beer and an extensive range of non alcoholic drinks including lassies, smoothies and freshly squeezed juices.
10. El Tubo, Lima, Peru
Inside, the volume of this long funky house everything abstract – a simple, clean-lined, white bar is equipped with a minimum of bar stools and chairs. The bar is a Tube-shaped structure and has been drilled with holes to allow the soft purple light to penetrate the space. Overhead, a collection of contemporary lighting equipment is a sculpture, artistic addition, creating a stunning focal point.
Design by: Felipe Assadi