Through a side archway simply marked “bar” or the basement door marked “coatroom”, one discovers a seductive, hidden cocktail bar beneath a historic church.
A space beneath a church (that is NOT a crypt)—in English— is “under the cross”. In old English, ‘cross’ is written ‘croft’. Undercroft.
The Undercroft literally—and figuratively—carries the weight of the decommissioned church above: dark, below ground, obscured from the street, windowless, enigmatic, even the supporting structural piers that echo Viollet-le-Duc remind you of the bricks, glass and steel above.
Each piece of the interior concept, structure, logo, furniture—even liquor cases—is intended to visually or literally carry weight. Over-designed. Over scaled. Heavy. Supported.
Liquor and Spirits are presented I n seven copper and steel ‘vitrines’.
The wood shelving leads you through a time capsule of geology from 1904, the year the footings were first dug. Seven different lamps illuminate the artifacts, geodes, core samples and tools.