Standard Bottle Shop Interior Architecture

Interior Architecture- Small Scale (<5,000 sf)

Project Narrative

Standard Bottle Shop is a unique take within the expansive bar scene in Cincinnati. The space encompasses both a full service bar as well as a retail store, featuring a curated selection of beer and wine. Custom millwork displays divide the space into multiple zones, each with it’s own function and feel within the space, including bar tables, a small lounge grouping, cozy 2 person booths, and a large communal table offering a variety of experiences for patrons. Starting with a blank slate in a new build in OTR, our design team didn’t inherit the history or character of most Cincinnati bars and storefronts. Therefore, we leaned into a brighter, more contemporary aesthetic that creates a clean backdrop for product as the “artwork” to be displayed. Drawing inspiration from Scandinavian design, we opted for white oak millwork and a monochromatic milky-white bar. Blue accents in the furnishings and a focal copper menu board add interest with subtle contrast. The end result is a unique bar atmosphere that feels welcoming during the day as well as night.

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Community Impact

The Standard Bottle Shop is not your traditional bar atmosphere. Located in Over The Rhine, this retail lounge focuses on conversations with knowledgeable people about a wide selection of beer & wine. This space provides a more easygoing, coffee shop-like environment for those who visit. Close in location to Washington park and community events, we had the objective in mind to create a “grab and go” setting for those on their way to local outings. Unburdened by traditional red brick walls and historic floors, with the 2 sides of solid floor to ceiling windows, this Scandinavian-inspired space embraces the fresh and neutral slate provided by a new building to attract locals.


Standard Bottle Shop is a unique combination of retail hospitality; more specifically, a bar. The space pairs as a specialty beer and wine shop as well as a full-service bar andlounge, This combination prompts patrons to hang out and taste new beers, work or lounge in the space, discuss beer culture, play games and build community, then purchase that local or hard to find brew for future enjoyment. This is a “beer-focused” shop, like your local coffee hangout but with beer as its focus. Combining the beer lounge and specialty bottle shop made the space a “take-away” shopping location with a place to linger that is much more inviting than a typical shopping “waiting area."

Project Details

Submission Category

Interior Architecture- Small Scale (<5,000 sf)

Date of Completion

May, 2020