A liquor store isn’t usually the first place you’d look for inspiring interior design, but the newly-opened Bar Keeper in Cape Town begs to differ. The stylish space is located in one of the CBD’s previously neglected heritage gems. Once the head office of the oldest wholesaler of wines and brandies in the Cape, Van Ryn Wine and Spirit Company Limited, the building was outfitted for selling liquor and so the basic structure was left as is, while the restored exterior and updated interiors were completed by Hendre Bloem.
Industrial concrete floors, sleek metallic and hardwood surfaces and contemporary pendant lighting are prominent elements in the space. A grand 14-seater table with bespoke leather chairs takes centre stage, where formal tastings of Bar Keeper’s selection of wines, local craft beers and imported ales take place.
The building’s iconic arched entrance, along with the original Van Ryn signage, are still in place, with solid timber doors and hand-baked bricks that emphasise its rich history. The moody, monochrome interiors make for an interesting contrast, featuring modern elements like black laser-cut screens that divide the space and create patterns of light and shadow on the walls and floor.
Overall, Bar Keeper is industrial, cool and a perfect example of how design is permeating into all sorts of establishments – not just those you would expect.
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