This micro whiskey bar is a hidden gem in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, nestled away in the laneway of landmark 200 George. Constrained by a 3-metre width, this unused lift-lobby presented an opportunity to combine raw materials with clever spatial design, delivering an original European-style ‘hole in the wall’ offering. A distinctively small width meant the bar would be standing-room only with outdoor seating. The constraints presented an opportunity for the concept; a cosy meeting point with a little corporate escapism. The innovative bar design functions cohesively, from an operational perspective: maximising storage and functionality whilst minimising bar staff crossover in the narrow space. Every millimetre was considered.
Located in the heart of Sydney’s laneway revitalisation initiative, Alleyway is ideally located to capture commuter foot traffic once the redevelopment is realised. The client’s ambition was to deliver an original market offering that would complement the branding of their existing café bars. As the ‘cheeky little brother’ in the family, Alleyway is stamped with a friendly invitation to ‘join the family’ - personifying the humble beginnings of the client. The design reflects their ethos of stripped-back authenticity - in both history and welcoming service. Through collaboration - a functional and attractive bar in a small space was realised.
Alleyway tells the story of how a tiny, unused space in a premium location was transformed into a dynamic bar, which activates the public domain around the site and augments Sydney’s emerging laneway scene. When design is considered and clever, any space can be activated. With a warm glow of ambient illumination, mirror strips creating an illusory depth of space for customers, hand-selected reclaimed crates act as space-saving storage.
The raw look and feel is achieved by exposing the concrete walls, and juxtaposing recycled timbers with rich metal details. Copper piping, polished nickel, and a unique patterned metal provide elegance and polish, whilst the timber provides warmth against the cool concrete. Lighting was skilfully integrated into concealed spaces, allowing this small space to glow – beckoning passers-by inside. This clever use of a lift lobby (near a loading dock), is innovatively transformed into a dynamic bar, which activates the public domain around the site. The warm glow of ambient illumination, combined with mirror strips create an illusory depth of space for customers.
“So happy with this awesome environment we get to work in”