The Black Rock bar puts a creative twist on the traditional drinking experience by using an English oak tree as a vessel for its fine liquors. For those who care about ambiance as much as the menu, this unusual bar is the perfect choice.
The Black Rock bar was designed by Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, who are known for their off-beat bar concepts. The latest establishment is a subterranean lounge that boasts jet back walls and no natural light. The dim atmosphere is meant to draw the visitor's eye to the bar's centerpiece, which is an 18-foot, 185-year-old English oak tree. The tree features two carved out channels, each of which holds 17 liters of whiskey. While the tree serves as a unique conversation piece, the hollowed-out bar is also intended to spark a conversation about whiskey. As Aske explains, "the tree is an interactive cocktail ageing system and a mechanic to simplify talking about whisky."