With all the criticism Wes Anderson stuff gets for being so Wes Anderson-y, it’s OK to admit that you definitely want to spend some time inside a Wes Anderson world every once in a while. Just because something is very prominent in pop culture and might be right on the edge of being “too cute” most of the time, that doesn’t mean we all have to roll our eyes every time it appears in the news. And, maybe, if we’re being honest, we might actually indulge ourselves enough to admit we enjoy the prominent pop culture thing. And fine I’ll just say it: I wish I lived in a Fantastic Mr. Fox world and you probably do too.
Wes Anderson made his first attempt at bringing his signature aesthetic into the real world recently when he designed a bar in Milan, Italy. It’s called Bar Luce and it is located inside a 1910s distillery that is owned by Fondazione Prada, a fashion house that has turned the old distillery into an arts complex.
The bar includes ’70s-era color palettes, vintage Formica tables, and Anderson films Life Aquatic and Castello Cavalcanti–themed pinball machines. Here’s a video with some pictures of the place included in it:
On designing the place, Anderson said, “I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.”
A Wes Anderson–designed bar would be a great place to spend an afternoon, but here are some other entertainment visionaries that will be opening bars based on their signature aesthetic.
The Quentin Tarantino Bar
A dimly lit, upscale bar with deep oak tables and shadowy booths that are all covered in fresh blood and semen.
The Vince Gilligan Bar
One booth placed in the middle of a desert on the Mexico/New Mexico border.
The Tim Burton Bar
All the bartenders have skulls for heads and all the waitresses are medusas and all the artwork on the walls are big, framed playing cards.
The Spike Lee Bar
The bar’s opening title sequence (the sign hanging above the door) is a video of an elaborate, in-your-face dance sequence.
The Martin Scorsese Bar
An otherwise normal New York City bar but there’s an unsettling energy in the room like anyone at any time could violently attack each other, which happens regularly.
The Sofia Coppola Bar
Talking is frowned upon and everyone walks around kind of lost because the floor plan is understated and kind of confusing.
The Clint Eastwood Bar
Open-carry of firearms are allowed no matter what state this bar happens to be in (it’s in Hollywood, so the cops routinely shut this bar down).
The Woody Allen Bar
Is closed for the time being.
The David Lynch Bar
The bartenders’ joints all move the wrong way and the music on the jukebox plays backwards.