Located in Chicago's West Loop, the Publican is inspired by traditional European beer halls. Designed by Thomas Schlesser of Design Bureaux Inc., the space is defined by a grid of globe lighting. "By using about four times the number [of lights] one might normally see, it not only makes a cloud of lights but also makes the effect more abstract. The use of common objects repeated numerous times is a trick Pop artists used to great success," says Schlesser. For more information, go to the Publican.
Above: The Publican street sign is pure Americana.
Above: 10-foot high cafe-style doors open up to the street.
Above: The repetition of the globes creates a dramatic effect.
Above: The logo reinforces the menu, which emphasizes pork in many forms, including aged ham and suckling pig.
Above: The warm-hued space is airy and dominated by high-back chairs and large walnut communal tables, a good setup for celebrating food and drink.
Above: The long communal tables could have been imported straight from a beer hall in Bavaria.