Both chains and independent bars are beginning to focus more and more on interiors. These days, every wine bar needs to have a strong theme: either high-end luxury, shabby-chic or ‘Shoreditch-inspired’ reclaimed wooden seating and industrial lighting. But how can you pick the right interior for your bar and make it look its best?
Why Not Take Inspiration from Others?
If you have a theme in mind, then go and visit some bars with a similar style. You may be able to pick up some styling tips and some ideas for your bar’s layout. Architectural Digest has a great selection of the world’s most luxurious and unusual bar interiors. Many of the interiors in the article are out of reach for a normal bar owner, as some of the spaces are very unusual. If you have a standard industrial or commercial space, play to its strengths. Make a feature of any stand-out features, and make use of light and space.
You may also want to make a feature of any outside areas. The Telegraph has some great pictures of outdoor spaces. If you have no garden but do have a stable roof area, why not get planning permission for a roof-top terrace that overlooks your city? If you have a car park that remains largely unused, turn it into a sunny beer garden with picnic tables and patio heaters for winter. Make sure you utilise all the space you have, leaving no corner forgotten.
Make Sure Your Interior Style Works for You
A bar can look beautiful, but if it’s impossible for people to move around, then it doesn’t fulfil its purpose. Your bar area should be tidy, sleek and practical. Glasses should be easily available and not piled up messily in a corner. Bottles should ideally be hidden under the counter. If in doubt, have a look at some commercial bottle coolers and review a selection of bottle coolers by Fridgefreezerdirect. Having this set up means that your bar will not only look good but will work well too.
Lastly, remember that your bar is a reflection of you and your company. Make your bar inviting, warm and fun, and make it individual – don’t follow the crowd. If you pick an interior style that you love, then others will probably love it too.