La Palma Cocktail Bar: An Ode To 1940's Havana Nights
by Alianne Valladares-Prieto on 02/24/2021 | 2 Minute Read
Spilling with luxury and inspired by Cuba’s rich history, La Palma is a speakeasy bar located in Bondi Beach, Australia. Taking notes from the design elements of 1940s and 1950s-era Cuba, Abraham Lule designed the accents and details for this drinking establishment. Incorporating gold foil accents to the bottles and menus adds an impressionable touch, while using iconic colors like deep greens and vibrant pinks, inciting the tropic flare necessary to pay tribute to Havana Nights.
Between the 40’s and 50’s, the beautiful island of Cuba was filled with Hollywood celebrities and bohemians enjoying a time-out from American prohibition. “La Havana was a resplendent cosmopolitan city that dutifully catered to the fantasies and desires of North Americans,” says Vicki Gold Levi and Steven Heller in their book: Cuba Style.
La Palma took this as inspiration and used the shape of a hotel to transport customers into a bar from the period, creating a speakeasy atmosphere of elegance, rumba and rum.
Hues of pink and green represent the mix of ingredients of their heritage drink, El Mojito. This was also the inspiration to craft a house rum blend to complement the identity of this hot and fresh hub in the middle of sexy Bondi Beach, AUS.