Old Quebec Street
When it comes to bars, simple is usually the best options. While I love fancy places where you are basically required to order a neat scotch or a Martini, there is a lot to say about a bar where you are invited to have a beer and a shot of bourbon. Carbon bar, in London, is the latter bar, and it is a great one.
The food is what you would expect in a bar like this. It is simple yet delicious bar food with a slightly fancier twist. The menu for food is short, but has a lot of great options like a rack of ribs, nachos and a beef burger to some shredded duck spring rolls, Japanese crumbled prawn and mushroom risotto. When you look at the menu, booze takes the first priority. The menu has two pages of hard liquors, one page of wines and champagnes, and 2 pages of mixed drinks. Drinks like “Guns for Nuns (Sauza Tequila, Disaronno Original, Lime juice) give you something you don’t see in most bars, and they have a pretty comprehensive list of elusive booze filled concoctions.
But the reason for Carbon being featured on Homes4Men is the look. The idea is simplicity, and not over-doing anthing. Anyone can make a bar bigger and more complex, but not everyone can do what Carbon has, take things down to brass tacks and still remain streamlined and elegant. Virtually everything in the bar has a function, yet the space does not look under utilized. It is a simple yet modern look that I would love to see replicated in home bars.
You want to keep the furniture simple, mostly cubed seating that doesn’t have any back. Look at the Pause low cube stool or make your own modern bench out of a simple sheet of plywood. The tables can be made the same way, but if you choose you can get this Fixed Dining table from Home Furniture Showroom.
You want to keep the colors as neutral as you can. Look a browns and flat grays. Metal is okay to include, but you want something without a lot of luster like aluminum pipe (Like you see on the railing in the loft) or possibly a flat black (Like the chain curtain in the back corner of the room.)
There art is easy to replicate with a set of letter stencils and some spray paint. Carbon uses bluish/purples and orange bold text in the background behind the bar, but avoids things like paintings and photos. This is a key to their simplicity, not including anything you don’t need. They use harsh words like “NOISE”, “WARNING”, “HORN” and “PROTECTION”, but you can choose whatever you like in your own home including your friend’s names, your favorite liquors, names of cities your visited or the names of areas of your own city.
The one decoration that never goes out of style in a bar that Carbon utilizes is liquor bottles. They have what I would call a liquor library on the top level. Carbon has simple shelves that are stocked with various champagnes and wines and well lit.This Champagne room also has some simple, also cube shaped, brown leather seats that have low backs. This helps keep the view of both the loft and the shelving unobstructed as much as possible.
Enough about the design for the minute. I want to simply say that if you find yourself in London, give Carbon a shot. Order a Jack Daniel’s on the rocks with an order of Nachos and an order of ribs and just enjoy the atmosphere.
Old Quebec Street