A speakeasy hidden in a historic building’s basement

5. Restaurants



The design concept for a secret bar in downtown Moscow was implemented in two steps: first — the surfaces were coated with the material of choice (concrete) that visually consolidated the space, second — character and intrigue were added with the carefully chosen details.

The first room accommodates the concrete bar counter and four small tables mounted into the wall. Mirror and brass bottle shelves that cover two out of three walls of the room are gleaming in the dim light, building up that magic bar ambiance. The bar interior is laconic yet, upon closer examination, filled with unique touches throughout: table legs that look like PoMo sculptures, geometric pattern of the XIX century French tiles, hand-made metal lamps and bar utensils. A solid, cool to touch and slightly vesicular concrete bar counter grows out of the concrete floor and merges into a concrete wall.

The second room is a minimalistic setting for a cocktail sipping at a communal table under a hand-made lamp with a backdrop of old bricks and concrete. During the makeover, a concrete “cup” covering one third of the wall was inserted inside this part of the bar space, continuously framing the room.