Ebb & Flow Wine Bar

Swig Architects used the industrial feel of the existing space with an entire wall of windows for natural light to highlight the classic feel of the Ebb & Flo Wine Bar.

When the owner took over the space at 294 Ivy street it was mostly just concrete walls and floors. They wanted to keep the open, industrial feeling of the space, which used to be the Neustadter Brothers Standard shirt factory in the early 1900s, but they also wanted to balance that with the warm, welcoming ambiance of a neighborhood bar.

Floor-to-ceiling windows line the entire south wall and fill the bar with natural light during the day and allow pedestrians to catch a glimpse of the entire bar from the street.

The main seating area has concrete floors and ash grey walls contrasted by white oak tables, gold disc pendant lights, and custom stools designed to match the iron door and window frames.

The bar counter stretches almost the entire length of the room with concrete pendant lights and a white engineered quartz bar top which bounces the light back up from the pendants and creates a warm inviting glow. Along the front of the bar, white Herringbone tiles with dark grey grout make a striking visual impression as soon as you walk through the door.

At the far end of the room, a stunning 9-foot wide painting, by local San Francisco artist Aaron de la Cruz, fills the room with energy and inspiration.

Finally, the 20-foot high ceiling remains exposed but has added acoustic baffles with an abstract wave pattern as an interpretation of the ebb and flow of the tide.

Design: Swig Architects
Photography: Krista Jahnke