Reclaimed wood has been a staple of contemporary architecture and interior design for years, but the creative uses and interesting past lives of the medium still never cease to amaze us. Lately we've been noticing bars across the city getting into the act. Haight's Magnolia Pub and Brewery received a major renovation last year, and while we love the new menu and adore the gold leafing on the walls, it's the countertops and bars that really make us swoon. The rich, polished wood is as smooth as butter - we couldn't stop running our hands over it. Our helpful server informed us that the wood was reclaimed from an old Levi's factory, of all places. Newly opened Starbelly has an equally intriguing bar - try and decipher its origins from the picture above. Give up? Hmm, obviously you're not a golfer. The little arrows hint at the bar's former life as a bowling lane. Love the idea and the execution. Any other bars or restaurants around town using wood with a past? Let us know below.
Aug 26, 2009