With a paneled ceiling, onyx wall tiles, and a green-and-white marble floor, the Loos American Bar is an art nouveau masterpiece designed in 1908 by Viennese architect Adolf Loos. Seats are at a premium in this 300-square-foot space, which packs in revelers clutching glasses of Perrier-Jouët champagne.
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Tradition and Unique Architecture at the Loos Bar
The American Loos Bar was designed by Adolf Loos, an Austro-Hungarian architect prominent in the Art Nouveau movement, and is patronized by local wildlife, an arty crowd, and a handful of tourists thrown in so the locals don’t get too bored. It was built in 1908, and loaded on all sides with dark marble, brass and onyx. Loos’ use of smoky mirrors makes the interior appear much bigger than it actually is – you have to cram yourself inside or decoratively spill out on to the cobblestone-covered street. Since everybody smokes, this might be a blessing. It is located to next to a nudie bar just off the Kärntnerstrasse on a small pedestrian-only street, referred to as Kärntner Durchgang 10 in the 1st District.