The Cuban Place | Sydney

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Capturing the Charm of 1950s Cuba

The sophisticated charm of 1950s Cuba has been recreated with an inspiring interior fit out of a double story heritage listed building on Sydney’s York Street. The 650sqm bar and restaurant has been transformed through an innovative and highly researched interior design process.

Timber panelled ceilings, antique ceiling fans and unique rum barrel displays are just some of the design elements that show the strength and determination of the Design Clarity team to ensure that the finished product is spot on with the original vision for the space.

Since opening in Cuba in the 1950s the concept has developed into a global icon with sites in Prague, Macedonia, Miami, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Beirut and Mexico. With this string of highly successful bar/restaurants operating around the world, La Bodeguita Del Medio wanted Sydney to have the opportunity to relive the heydays of Cuba.

The Design Clarity team worked closely with the owners and managers of the site to create a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere in-line with old-world Cuban traditions. After long hours of creative deliberation and consideration of innovative new design processes, the team produced an inspiring set of concept drawings.

The basement level is a more intimate space; there is a live music stage and furniture that features rich, dark-stained traditional timber with studded leather upholstery and has a solid, aged quality. The lighting throughout is moody and the walls are adorned with hand scrawled thoughts of patrons, plus some fabulous hand painted murals. An old Ernest Hemingway overlooks the scene at the maitre d’ station beside his famous quote, “My mojito in La Bodeguita”.

Have a look at how the style and charm of Cuba in the 1950s has been captured at 125 York Street, Sydney.

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