Designing Homeboy; Modern Specialty Irish Bar Launches in Embassy Gardens


Introducing the latest architecture and interior design project from Architects Common Ground Workshop, Homeboy is the exciting hospitality tenant for Union Square, Embassy Gardens.

In this modern Irish cocktail bar and restaurant, Common Ground Workshop have collaborated with Aaron Wall (Callooh Callay) and Ciaran Smith (The Dorchester) and Ballymore to refine and rework long-established design choices. Together, working delicately to select and refine traditional materiality including dark mahogany, button stitched banquette seating and brass finishing, the space is now open for public enjoyment.

Jack Pannell, director at Common Ground Workshop, says, “we have worked with this developer previously, on sites across London that include City Island and Brentford, and we are very proud of this latest design. Essentially it was about bringing modern Irish hospitality to the fore. Creating a contemporary Irish bar might sound a little at odds with the Irish bar aesthetic, but what we have done here is roll out a reinterpreted narrative, with strong and distinctly present-day cues. We have married a sleek urban palette of materials with Homeboy’s ambitions to make it intimate, tactile and undoubtedly Irish in feel. We’re delighted with the end result.’’

The space uniquely integrates different front of house elements in order to give customers an inward experience of the cocktail mixing stations. Customers are invited to engage and interact with the staff, bringing much of the Irish Hospitality experience to the fore. 

View Homeboy Bar Project HERE


This is an abridged version of an original article by Rory Robertson.