#FOURNews | Bompas & Parr to open Alcoholic architecture

20 Jul 2015
2 min read
Breathe responsibly at the World’s first walk-in breathable cocktail bar…
Breathe responsibly

Leaders in contemporary food design and innovative flavour-based events, design studio Bompas & Parr are set to open its latest installation in the form of Alcoholic Architecture.On 30th July, the creative team will launch the project in London’s Borough Market, taking inspiration and produce from the surrounding stalls to create a drinking experience like no other.

Sam Bompas, director of Bompas & Parr, comments:

“Creatively the installation draws inspiration from Borough Market’s produce, medieval history and weather to create a sci-fi fantasy where meteorology and mixology collide. Visiting Alcoholic Architecture will generate the same sort of awe and wonder we have all probably experienced when gazing up at the night’s sky. Imagine Disney meets De Sade in Barbarella’s castle by way of Medieval Times with flagons of ale! “

Guests will enter the bar, which will reside in the UK’s earliest gothic cathedral on One Cathedral Street, in specially designed suits. They will then have access to the fully immersive alcohol environment. The ‘spirit’ cloud is entirely composed of fine spirits and mixer at a ratio of 1:3 and made using powerful humidifiers to super-saturate the air – alcohol enters the bloodstream through primarily the lungs but also the eyeballs.

Every part of the installation has been intricately planned with interiors, uniforms, music and décor all having been specially curated to be set the tone of the ancient monastery. The Medievalthemeiscontinued witha drinks menu of spirits and beersdedicated to the creations of ancientmonks: tipples such as Chartreuse, Benedictine, Trappist beer and even the notorious Buckfast – a fortified wine whose potency has often come under fire, so much so that Scotland’s parliament have even considered banning the alcohol entirely. Further additions to the monastic wonderland will consist of snake-pits in the bathroom and human skull drinking vessels.

The project builds on Bompas & Parr’s 2009 pop-up installation of the same name. This project however has been through a lengthy design and research process and will stay open for though a full six months.

Find out more information about the full drinks list and the cloud concoctions here | bompasandparr.alcoholic-architecture


One Cathedral Street

Borough Market