Aberdeen’s award-winning late-night cocktail bar Orchid is glowing with new sophistication.
The favourite haunt of discerning drinkers is brimming with a re-defined style – a heady combination of classic élan with a sense of cutting edge and a dash of deco. Think parquet flooring, sleek dark leather and contemporary copper, a nod to the intrigue of the speakeasy with a modern twist.
Against a dramatic backdrop of gorgeous teal blue, a wall studded with scores of cocktail shakers and lit by a glittering array of bare bulbs and shimmering copper storm lanterns; Orchid still delivers the ultimate cocktail experience, but now there’s plenty of space for mingling with friends or colleagues or to sit quietly nursing one of the bar’s signature mixed drinks.
Ben Iravani, managing director of Monkey Bars Ltd. which runs the venue, worked with Grant Christie of local firm ECO Joinery and Orchid’s general manager Martin Farmer, to come up with the concept which reflects the contemporary, sophisticated style of the drinks and service.
As a result they’ve pulled off a metamorphosis which simply enhances the bar’s upmarket reputation. The layout has been reconfigured to introduce three large, leather booths at the back of the venue, ideal for large parties or events – corporate evenings, gin and whisky tasting and mixology classes are hugely popular – but there are also more intimate seating areas to enjoy a more leisurely drink.
‘Although there are classic touches we’re a modern bar. We’ve evolved and we’re ahead of the game’, says Ben.
‘The transformation is beautiful and we’re enjoying introducing established customers and new visitors to Orchid’s new sense of style.’