Bar Charles, a swanky new addition to popular Italian eatery the Charles, is officially set to kick open the doors next week.
The new bar, located in a 1,700 square foot space that’s located behind the Charles’s main dining room, is described by its owners as a “testament to maximalism.” Designed by Sees Design and William Baker, the space is packed with indulgent Italian influenced-pieces, including plush velvet seating, bubble lamps designed by George Nelson, and a sophisticated antique fireplace.
“The overall inspiration was an imaginary estranged grandchild of the Missioni family who still respected the history of their Italian heritage and her family’s aesthetic but was just a little more wild or rogue than was considered acceptable,” owner Chas Martin tells Eater. In addition to the bar space, there’s also a private dining room that can be booked for special occasions and events.
The walls of the space are adorned with a truly fascinating selection of prints, including “anatomy” wallpaper near the bathroom that features “T&A” prints from the owners’s wives that were created by imprinting actual paintings of their body parts onto watercolor paper, then digitally rendering them into a wallpaper pattern. Elsewhere in the space, you’ll find a custom mural that was taken from a page of a book on archival Italian prints, and a faux bois marble painting adapted by local artist D.H. Phillips.
As far as the libations are concerned, Bar Charles will serve a distinct menu of cocktails and champagnes, along with sophisticated bar eats like Royal Osetra caviar and octopus tempura served with Calabrian chili aioli. It’s intended to be a happy hour destination, or spot to sip a cocktail or glass of Italian wine before (or after!) hitting the Charles for dinner.
Bar Charles will officially kick open the doors on December 10. Ahead of its debut, scope out photos of the new space courtesy of Eater photographer Garrett Hall.