A Shot, a Bite and a Sight: Cool Restaurant and Bar Interiors

   Blue Frog Lounge
   Mumbai, India
   Designed by: Serie

Sometimes, the décor and ambience of a restaurant or bar is so pleasing that one is less (or not at all) disappointed if their food isn't a fabulous culinary experience. Of course, when the coolness of the establishment's interior is matched by top-notch food, the sensory experience can be an enticing combination; a major draw, typically with a big line and/or waiting list to match. 

Take, for examble, the Blug Frog Lounge, with two locations, in Mumbai (pictured above) and Delhi, India. A visitor to the Mumbai location posted a review on a travel site, which reads in part,

'Inside, a full length stage runs along one side of this old converted warehouse, and on the opposite side is a full length bar and open kitchen. In between is the dance floor, and the venue's highlight -- the round booths with tables called "pods". The area surrounding the pods is backlit and changes color with the music, and the venues's walls are clad with acoustic absorbers to provide maximum sound quality.

The really appealing thing about Blue Frog is that it's so adaptable. The venue doesn't restrict itself to any particular genre of music. Instead, some nights it transforms itself into a club with live DJs, while other nights it take on a more traditional and laid back vibe with live bands and solo performances."

The reviewer revealed the same drawback to this venue as I experienced with the popular spots on my recent trip to San Francisco:

"One big drawback to this very popular place: on a busy night, the crowds make it very time consuming and challenging to get to the bar and get a drink. The winding walkways between the pods get packed, and the bar area also becomes extremely congested. The reason for this is that the area in front of the bar just isn't big enough to accommodate all the people trying to get served."

See this article for pictures of 20 restaurant and bar designs that are crowd pleasers, from the Blue Frog Lounge to the Truth Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa (pictured below), a steampunk-themed coffee shop inspired by designer Haldane Martin's thought that the form of espresso machines and coffee roasters shared similarities with the Victorian futuristic fantasy style of the steampunk aesthetic.


   Truth Cafe
   Cape Town, South Africa
   Designed by: Haldane Martin 


   The Jane Restaurant
   Antwerp, Belgium
   Designed by: Piet Boon

   The Museum H.R. Giger Bar
   Gruyères, Switzerland 
   Designed by: H.R. Giger

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