What is old often is new. Incorporating everything from absinthe fountains to period draperies, glassware and furniture, many designers and interior decorators are harking back to an earlier age with their bar design concepts. The bars are designed to put new spins on old themes and offer a point of differentiation for the savvy operator.
Some vintage bar designs are simple recreations of eras gone by; others focus on the celebrities or current events of a particular period. Many display historic memorabilia and serve the cocktails or foods that characterized the decade—along with modern libations. From New York City to Seattle and Los Angeles, here is a look at bars that aren’t afraid of a little history.
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