Little Bar is now open in Hoboken, New Jersey near the Hudson River waterfront. Crafted by Cochineal Design, the 500-square-foot restaurant and bar—from the team behind Halifax restaurant at the W Hoboken—is defined by a European-style atmosphere that’s both welcoming and sophisticated.
Upon entering, guests are welcomed into a unique and immersive experience that pulls inspiration from the nonconforming artists of the early 20th century. “Throughout the design process, we spoke a lot about Oscar Wilde, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, and other personalities we envisioned frequenting the irreverent bars of yesteryear,” says Cochineal Design founder Sarah Sargeant.
A glowing blue bar adorned with a white marble top sits as the centerpiece of the intimate space. Darker marble slabs also line the Little Bar’s dining tables, which are complemented by warm brown and red velvet chairs, along with a deep emerald green banquette that runs along the walls.
Vintage cut glass light fixtures and brass accents add a timeless touch, while a statement mural featuring deep red and green foliage graces the back walls—a nod to Belgian artist René Magritte, Sargeant points out.
Because of the limited square footage, Sergeant says every surface was seen as a design opportunity. “[Even] the triangle marble floors were part of the design from the beginning—they are art themselves,” she says.