The BrewDog bar in Liverpool, designed by Michaelis Boyd Associates, echoes a time of industry, integrating authentic shipping containers, a full concrete bar and mesh screens with contemporary neon branding.
A design that separates the space into five areas, the bar features large booths and a more reserved tasting area, all to give guests a greater choice of spacing. Each section is cordoned off by screens, or split using the natural divisions of the original structure.
An informal front area is a continuation of the exterior space, allowing for a seamless indoor/outdoor feel during the warmer days of the year. The main space is formulated as an extension of the outside, with York stone paving throughout and festoon lighting hung under a dark ceiling. The façade is fully open-able, with a great opportunity to maximise the appeal of the wide frontage.
The facilities are designed at opposite ends, allowing for centrally clustered drinking areas to be the thriving focal point. This brings enough room for the bar to be at maximum capacity whilst still retaining a sense of space. The use of scaffold and polycarbonate screens in the customer space, and a dividing wall between the male and female WCs (made completely of retired kegs), add a texture and utilitarian feel to the bar.
The client has developed the food offering considerably, heightening the importance of creating somewhere that suits both a bar and restaurant environment. The cellar container and bar itself offer features that go hand in hand with the physical nature of brewing beer, illustrating hardy equipment that stands the test of time. Wherever possible, items have multiple functions – and allow a customer or bar staff to adapt them as they see fit.
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