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First orders called for 'Ribar'

Azman Architects' new RIBA bar is due to open to the public next Thursday (1 September).

Situated in the entrance foyer of the RIBA's Grade II*-listed headquarter building at Portland Place, the RIBA claims the new watering-hole cum café will feature 'drinks designed by a Michelin-starred chef'.

Already dubbed the Ribar, the design combines dark timber with fine steel mesh and opaque acrylic. The hang-out will have sliding screens and modular, freestanding bar furniture which will help the space to become a members' bar at night.

In the evenings the drinking den, which replaces part of the bookshop, will be open to serve conference delegates, RIBA members, their guests, and those attending events.

The Ribar's 'snack menu' has been designed by David Cavalier, who has won Michelin stars for his work as executive chef at some of the capital's finer restaurants.

According to a RIBA spokesman, the menu has been 'inspired by the cutting-edge architecture' and will offer 'delicious, quick snacks' including tiger prawn skewers with black bean liquor and cherry tomato and bocaccini spindini, served in chic bento boxes.

by Rob Sharp

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