Friday, April 4, 2008

LOVE these bars...check it out..

Whether or not you live in NYC, there are a couple of bars you really ought to check out, Gstaad in Manhattan and eco-friendly Oulu in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Both have the same owners and both are exquisitely designed (Dwell did an article on Oulu). I particularly liked the VIP room in Gstaad; it's PERFECT for events.

43 W 26th St. (Between 6th and Broadway)

"Sleek and chic as a designer lodge, Gstaad is apres-ski cool all night long. Although one wall of the lofty space is given over to trippy loops of snowboarders careening down slopes, the atmosphere still feels sophisticated. Witty touches like tree-trunk stools dot the front, and the bar makes ample use of the rest of the tree throughout. Large prow-like structures create seating areas and divide sections of the large room like user-friendly Richard Serra sculptures. "

And check out the grass growing on the exterior walls of Oulu.

170 North Fourth St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

"Inside and out, this posh cocktail den (named for a city in Finland) is both stylish and sustainable. Approximately 35 panels of soil, each planted with green succulents, are screwed into the bar's facade, creating a vertical garden. Behind a glass garage door, the walls are swathed in curvaceous slats of warm-colored wood that was harvested from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. At the bar, low-wattage bare bulbs hang overhead, and mixologists stir up such inventive cocktails as the Victorian--gin mixed with Earl Grey tea and apple juice."

You can find directions and more information about both bars on

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