Lighter & Brighter To Replace Dark Speakeasy Decor
The evolution of places to drink is a continual process as owners and managing partners strive to keep up with the times.
Two industry experts from the Nightclub & Bar Show share their thoughts on what your bar may look like in 2020.
Homan Traghdiri, co-founder of supergroup consulting firm Invictus Hospitality, which also includes Michael Tipps, David Foss and Mark Alan Diaz, expects bar interior design to make a shift in 2020.
“We see the dark and mysterious side of the bar world transforming into a little lighter and more upbeat environment with more vibrant colors,” he says. “That speakeasy trend—that took over the industrial trend—is winding down and moving towards fun and sexy.”
Operator, strategist and author Doug Radkey, president of KRG Hospitality, agrees that the speakeasy as we know it may be on its way out next year.
“Instead of a secret bar with a hidden entrance like at a speakeasy, in 2020 you will start to find multiple small, more intimate bars placed inside of larger venues allowing guests to retreat to a more detailed, hyper-focused ‘bar’ to order a drink,”Radkey said.
“For example, a venue that has a tequila-focused bar, a bourbon-focused bar, and a vodka-focused bar within itself, allowing staff to home in on their education and specialize in one spirit, ultimately elevating the on-premise guest experience.”
Now you know what to look for in your bar in 2020. And if you want to go to a dark bar, then seek out a dive or a tiki bar.