When designing a bar, I always return to the question: What makes a place magical, a place to have a night to never forget? A great example of an enchanting space is Harry’s Hardware Emporium, one of Honolulu’s few hidden speakeasy’s to those “in the know”. This bar is designed and owned by Dave Newman, also owner of the adjacent Pint and Jigger and former United States Bartending Guild President. The concept was conceived over twenty years ago, but only recently has been unveiled.
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What makes for a well designed bar? Pretty? Sure. Maximizes seating while keeping the guest comfortable? Great. Designed to give the user a great experience? Yes. But who is the user of a bar?
Problematically, most bars are designed with the user of the bar being the guest.
Gabrielle Maser, provides a unique perspective, as she is both Beverage Director at the Pacific Club and Owner of the Interior Design Firm G Design www.gdesignhawaii.com Follow her on Instagram at @gdesign