The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville, Sydney has got to be one of the most incredible commercial spaces we have ever featured. This is an iconic venue in the city’s gay nightlife and one of Australia’s most revered LGBTQI safe havens, and was relaunched last year after closing down in 2015. The transformation by design firm Alexander & Co is spectacular. The space is 3 levels, with a nightclub at the lower level, a pizzeria and bar on the top floor and the ground floor consists of an open kitchen, 250-seat restaurant, private dining room, cocktail bar as well as the main bar which includes a glazed enclosure to an inner courtyard. (Photos: Anson Smart)
It’s not always about work on a Saturday. Sometimes it’s all about hanging with friends and I couldn’t think of a better place than C.C. Babcoq (Rotisserie, Carvery & Cocktails) by Tom Mark Henry.
Café Birdie in L.A.’s Highland Park neighbourhood is a little bit of Paris bistro style in California. Designed by ETC.etera, this firm accentuated the 1920’s structure with some sexy lighting, beautiful floral wallpaper, pretty pale colours. The black bentwood stools and chairs, iron and marble tables, marble topped bar and brass accents really add to the Parisian vibe. There is also a cocktail bar in behind called Good Housekeeping with exposed brick and a gold bar. I would loooove to spend my Sunday here!
Oh, how I wish I could spend my Sunday in Paris’ Pigalle neighbourhood, enjoying a delicious meal at Pink Mamma. Designed by MBDS, this bar/restaurant is beautiful from the pink tiled exterior to the plant filled interior, including a rooftop garden. (photos: James McDonald unless otherwise noted)
Finished your Christmas shopping and baking and wondering how to spend your Sunday afternoon? How about relaxing in a pink booth with a coffee at Pastel Rita in Montréal’s neighbourhood of Mile End. Designed by Appareil Architecture, this 1500 sq ft space is home to a café, artisan workshop and boutique. The colour scheme of green, pink and yellow is so warm and energetic. I’ll have to check this place out next time I’m vintage shopping on St. Laurent.
Photos: Félix Michaud, This Is The Place I Was Telling You About