Refined casual elegance
Iconic cultural masterpieces, recreated as cocktails
Arts Bar is a journey of the senses, and that all starts with our hand-crafted drinks. Cocktails inspired by the city’s artistic and cultural legacy, all served in a stunning experiential space. A curated collection of liquid experiences – lovingly crafted, and expertly served.
The Cigar Lounge
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725–1798)
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. He used fictitious names, such as Baron or Count of Farussi (the name of his mother) or Chevalier de Seingalt. His aptitudes made him popular with some of the most prominent figures of the era, among them Madame de Pompadour, Count de Saint Germain, d’Alembert, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Piero Della Francesca
Piero Della Francesca (1416-1492)
Now celebrated as one of the most important Italian painters of the 15th century, Della Francesca languished in obscurity for several centuries. The grandeur and precision of his paintings spoke to a host of 20th-century avant-garde artists from Georges Seurat & Giorgio de Chirico to Balthus & Philip Guston. Known for his geometric attention to detail – a contemplative representation of the serene nature of human life is the Annunciation of Virgin Mary. This image works to connote the milk punch as the drinks had so much depth – whilst at first sight appears rather two-dimensional.
JACOPO TINTORETTO (1518-1594)
Nearly 500 years ago, born Jacopo Robusti, Tintoretto was Venice’s avant-garde artist; an Italian painter & a notable exponent of the Venetian school. Also known as The Miracle of St. Mark, is currently housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice. The rich colours stand to represent the fruits and flavour profiles within the serve – dark berries, rich apricot, lemons and strawberries – the hanging foliage also conjures images of grape vines and complex red grape characteristics – namely Valpolicella; all the working of a complex, yet archetypal cobbler. A cobbler fit for the patron of the city – The Venetian Cobbler.
Giovanni Antonio Canal, commonly known as Canaletto, was the highest exponent of a new category in artistic representation – Vedutismo – paintings in which the landscape becomes the main subject in a representation. He worked in London for many years, and that’s the inspiration for the creation of our take on the classic Gin and Tonic. The five gondolas on the painting, carrying with them different spices from the world represent the ingredients of the bitters. All being topped up with a tonic water flavoured with Mediterranean ingredients reminding the variety of ingredients in Italy.
GIACOMO BALLA (1871-1958)
In late 1912 to early 1913 Giacomo Balla turned from a depiction of the splintering of light to the exploration of movement and, more specifically, the speed of racing automobiles. The choice of automobile as symbol of abstract speed recalls Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s notorious statement in his first Futurist manifesto, published on February 20, 1909, in Le Figaro in Paris, only a decade after the first Italian car was manufactured: “The world’s splendour has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed.” In 1899, his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale.
YAYOI KUSAMA (b. 1929)
‘Pumpkin Mirror Room’, which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1993. The artist, Yayoi Kusama, is a Japanese avant-garde artist who works primarily in sculpture and installations however also active in painting. Kusama’s work has continued to appeal the imagination and the senses, including dizzying walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the “Dots Obsessions” paintings. It is a twist on a classic whisky sour, with Japanese whisky representing the strong character of the artist. To represent the dots we created black spheres with cherry flavour that recreate the classic cherry garnish in a whisky sour.
JEFF KOONS (b. 1955)
Inspired by Jeff Koons, one of the most popular contemporary American artist of the last decades, known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects. The cracked egg is part of a collection of similar eggs with different colours, called ‘Celebration Series’. In this case we celebrate the birth of the Negroni in 1919, inspired by Koon’s Celebration Series. Just like an egg requires time and warmth to hatch, so our Negroni matures in wooden oak barrels before being served.
Inspired from one of the most talented street artist in the recent years: Banksy. During the first week of the Venice Biennale 2019, this piece of art appears on one of the buildings in Venice. We use mezcal, a spirit with a very strong personality yet mysterious and unknown to the commercial streams of popularity, similarly to the artist we are getting inspiration from. To link the cocktail with the local area, we created a cordial using artichokes from Sant’Erasmo. To reproduce the pink smoke, we use pink air, which is going to be aromatised with a spray of salted aromatic water to recall the Venice sea salted water.