One of my dear Sydney friends has the most enviable bar in his sleek apartment. He uses it to show off not only his shining decanters and an impressive vintage glass collection, but also his cocktail creation skills. We have spent many nights sitting on elegant bar stools, arms resting on the dark wood bar, nursing anything from an old fashioned to an espresso martini. These quiet nights with friends are the best for feeling truly connected, having intimate conversations, sharing secrets and laughing about our daily adventures. While friends and a good drink are essential, I can’t help but think the bar itself is just as important. Here are a few of my favourites for you to peruse...
Woolwich Pier Hotel Sports Bar took a page from the books of history with this gorgeous dark wood bar, accompanied with midnight blue leather booth seats, armchairs and bar stools, perfect for the discerning gentleman. The Coco Republic NSW Interior Design team was behind the hotel’s refurbishment and, in my humble opinion, they did a stellar job of infusing the design with old world details to match the heritage listed building.
I love the lighting beneath the marble top of this bar at the Print Room Bar in Paddington, designed by 2014 Belle Coco Republic interior Design winners Alexander & Co. The room is refined and somewhat glamorous and nostalgic, using taupe, beige and coffee to great effect. Stunning (to say the least).
Finally, one of the most unique bars I’ve ever seen must be at the Prahran Hotel in Melbourne. The building itself is a tour de force of design, thanks to the lovelies at Techne Architects, with its 17 concrete water pipes made into dining spots, concrete cast lamps and stretched out leather lounges. Yet the bar itself is also a marvel, made of multicoloured salvaged pipes. Just imagine coming home to that kind of beauty each evening!