Design

Principe Bar is the place to be

December 04, 2019

For an experience not to be missed, interior designer Thierry Despont created an opulent setting for Hotel Principe di Savoia’s much-loved bar. Discover what makes this beautiful bar so appealing.

Design masterpiece

The master of design behind Principe Bar is the internationally acclaimed architect, designer and artist Thierry Despont. Originally called the Winter Garden Bar, this has always been a sought-after venue for discerning local Milanese people.

The vision

Thierry’s vision was to bring the bar to life by making it more vibrant and engaging, while retaining some of the original features, such as the grandeur of the wood and marble panelling. He decided on a mix of both classic and contemporary styles, with a strong reference to the refined American cocktails bars of the 1970s.

Statement ceiling

Our dramatic Murano glass chandelier provides a spectacular focal point for this intimate setting. The bespoke piece is made of 5,000 handcrafted crystals and was designed, created and installed by glass and three-dimensional design specialist Robert DuGrenier. He also created the cast glass bar and a selection of beautiful cocktail glasses that mirror the shape of the distinctive chandelier.

Artistic flair

Behind the bar there are a couple of eye-catching artworks by Italian artist Mimmo Rotella, who is known for his creative décollage designs. These silkscreen prints are inspired by popular Italian films, including Fellini’s famous La Dolce Vita.

Evening entertainment

If you like live music, take a seat at the custom-made banquette that wraps around the piano. Later in the evening, internationally-known DJs create individual sets designed to lend a party-like atmosphere.

Creative cocktails

Bar manager Daniele Confalonieri and his team pride themselves on offering an exceptional range of both well-known cocktails and their own bespoke creations. Celebrate our cherished tradition of Italian aperitivo time with something special, such as our signature ‘Principe Anniversary’ cocktail ‒ a sight to behold thanks to its unmistakable ‘Principe’ blue hue.

The atmosphere of our beautiful Principe Bar is always warm and welcoming so we hope you’ll decide to relax and enjoy a drink or two with us next time you’re in Milan.

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Hotel Principe di Savoia

Effortless elegance meets timeless tradition. Dominating Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica, this spectacular landmark building has been the natural home for international travellers and cosmopolitan society since the 1920s.

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