A couple of weeks ago I received a very mysterious invitation. Other than the important time and date, all it said was to follow the neon light, with the Twitter handle and hashtag (@doorbelow #doorbelow). A week later, the day before the event, all was revealed; I was going to the launch of a new function-suite-come-cocktail-bar.
On arrival, the air of mystery continued; we did indeed follow the neon light – a very cool, small and almost rune-like symbol – which led us down a beautifully tiled stairwell, underground. We could hear jazz playing from inside; on stepping through the door we were met with a dark but warm room with stone flooring and a rustic bar. Don’t confuse this with shabby chic; the door below could easily be featured inside the pages of a glossy interiors mag.
The elegantly painted walls are hung with round, port-hole style mirrors with fish eye effect looking glass, the low seating is minimal but cosy, and the mantelpiece fit beautifully opposite the bar. The adjacent wall was shelved, featuring eye-catching objects including an old record player for you to play your favourite music on. There’s even a screen, suggesting the Door Below is open to all sorts of functions; as well as a great party space, it would certainly be a trendy, stylish and alternative venue for holding small meetings, somewhere to get the creative juices flowing – and maybe cocktails afterwards.
Images: Kris Miller