20 Toast-Worthy Bars

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20 Toast-Worthy Bars

At Sexy Fish in London, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio created a space inspired by a mid-century brasserie with an oceanic theme. Photo by James McDonald

Meyer Davis designed the bar and game area of Le Méridien New Orleans with bright pops of color, curving sofas and sleek finishes, achieving their goal of balancing the city’s cultural history while celebrating its future through modern design. Photo by Eric Laignel

Wildhawk, a Jay Jeffers–designed San Francisco bar inspired by a legendary exotic dancer in the Gold Rush era, has a moody, sexy vibe, with a tin ceiling, dark floral wallpaper and stools upholstered in a zebra print. Photo by Matthew Millman

Hancock Design combined classic and modern elements at Au Fudge in Los Angeles, which features bentwood stools, lantern pendants and a marble bar. Photo by Justin Colt

For Bar Agricole in San Francisco, Aidlin Darling Design built the bars from board-formed concrete and old barn beams, which they paired with industrial-style stools. Photo by Janet Hall

Mark Zeff’s Black Barn restaurant in New York has an elevated rustic vibe, with molded leather chairs, Edison bulbs and rough-hewn wood floors, tables and beams. Photo by Michael Mundy

The personality-packed bar and game room at Casa Fayette hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico, designed by Dimore Studio, features swivel chairs with palm-print upholstery and gold fringe. Photo by Adam Wiseman

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance designed the Ciel de Paris restaurant, located on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse in Paris. The futuristic space has Duchaufour-Lawrance’s Ciel! chairs and disc-shaped ceiling lights. Photo by © Vincent Leroux

The Ken Fulk–designed Leo’s Oyster Bar in San Francisco earned the firm a nod from the James Beard Awards when it was named a finalist for best restaurant design. The space is decorated with custom tropical wallpaper, capiz-shell pendants and bentwood chairs and stools. Photo by Douglas Friedman

The sleek, Meyer Davis–designed W Chicago Lakeshore bar and games room features high-shine finishes from floor to ceiling and a pool table with a chrome frame. Photo by Eric Laignel

Groves & Co. updated New York’s Morgans Hotel while paying homage to Andrée Putman’s original design. According to the firm, “The innovative use of strong sculptural forms, reflective surfaces and sophisticated lighting announces a heightened level of luxury and richness.” Photo by Oleg March

For the bar of the Grand Hotel Sofia in Bulgaria, Francis Sultana chose dark wood accents and stools with robin’s-egg-blue leather upholstery and nailhead trim. Photo by Francis Sultana

Workstead designed the Dewberry hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, and they describe the living room’s bar as “a tailored and self-contained brass object, with an integral canopy and signage.” Photo by Matthew Williams

The Battery, a private club in San Francisco designed Ken Fulk, includes five bars, including this one accented with tufted black leather panels. Photo by Douglas Friedman

The aptly named Garden Lounge at London’s Corinthia Hotel, designed by David Collins Studio, showcases a glass-encased bar filled with potted plants. Photo by Dylan Thomas

Martin Brudnizki mixed vintage furniture with custom pieces when designing the Scarfes Bar at London’s Rosewood Hotel, which is inspired by the “atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentleman’s club.” Photo by James McDonald

At the Night Flight, a cocktail bar at the Hotel Bachaumont in Paris, Chzon created an intimate setting with wood-paneled walls and cozy seating nooks. Photo by Paul Bowyer

Barrel-vaulted ceilings, a graphic tiled bar and velvet-upholstered chairs enhance the modern-rustic vibe at the Mark Zeff–designed Geraldine’s in Austin, Texas. Photo by Eric Laignel

For the Rivertown Lodge in New York’s Hudson Valley, Workstead engaged local and regional craftspeople to work on nearly every aspect of the construction to create a timeless space that embodies the area’s aesthetic culture. Photo by Matthew Williams

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