The brick facade looks, at first glance, to be an attempt to shield this speakeasy style cigar bar from neighbors and passers-by. However, some of the bricks are twisted slightly, allowing a sneaky peek into this urban man cavey cigar bar.
The interesting texture caught my eye and reminded me of a previous post in my Set Designer’s Notebook series on Slowpoke Cafe.
While I really like the use of the bricks to create suspense and allow a tiny window into what’s going on inside, I am less enamored of the interior.
Its a little disappointing, like walking through the door of a quaint, cafesque storefront and being handed an Olive Garden menu. Meh.
The modernist in me loves the exterior. The traditionalist in me is bored by the interior.
Smoking a fine cigar is an indulgence, and I believe the atmosphere should reflect such indulgence.
First to go – the way too bright track lighting. I cannot tell by the photo, but I hope they’re not MR16 type fixtures, because unless you’re lighting a jewelry case or something similar, these fixtures are WRONG.
When I’m enjoying a fine cigar, I want to sit back and savor it in a proper chair, a parisian art deco club chair. I don’t want to have to lunge forward for my ashtray, I want a just the right height side table, large enough for my ashtray and rocks glass.
The name “Dude Cigar Bar” makes my brain bleed.
Other than that, I really like this place.