Guaranteed to put a tarantula to sleep for a year, Part II

by Sally Steele

~BBE—Best Bars Ever~

There are bars, and there are BARS. While all of our Boulevardiers are scouring the planet for new places to imbibe the classic Boulevardier cocktail, some interesting spaces to consider are below…


Juliet Supperclub NY Bluarch Architecture + Interiors,


JosefineRoxy Club Savassi, architect Fred Mafra – Brazil,


The Boulevardier Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. bourbon

1 oz. Campari

1 oz. sweet vermouth

Ice cubes

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer

Glass: cocktail

Garnish: orange slice, lemon twist or cherry

Stir long and well with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a cocktail glass.

~From Harry McElhone’s 1927, Barflies and Cocktails


Speaking of best bars ever, HR Giger and Ridley Scott.

Regarding the upcoming previously Alien sequel, Scott says, “While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.”

Yes, I am a serious Ridley Scott fan, who along with legions of others, anxiously awaits his new Alien direction, due to hopefully be released in 2012. Check out, Insane Secrets About the Making of Ridley Scott’s Alien, a fantastical article here.


HR Giger, Alien Derelict Cockpit,



The list of surrealist artists who could conceivably design a space that “embraces” Alien fans, and one that is less a theme park, and more so, a place Boulevardiers would want to frequent…could be counted on one hand.



HR Giger, Maske,

Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger is a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer. He won an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects for his design of the film Alien.

So yes, HR Giger amongst all his other hair-raising activities, is a bar designer extraordinaire. There are two Giger Bars: the H.R. Giger Bar in Chur, Switzerland, which opened in 1992, and  The Museum HR Giger Bar, located in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland, which opened in 2003. There was a third Giger Bar, located at The Limelight in New York, when the Limelight was closed the Giger Bar was shut down.

A fourth Giger bar was located in Shirokanedai, Tokyo in the late 1980s. “Giger dissolved his involvement with this location after facing frustrations with Japanese building codes and with the Japanese company behind the bar, which created the bar after only rough preliminary sketches. Giger had wanted private booths that functioned as individual elevators which traveled up and down the interior four stories of the design. This design was problematic given restrictions caused by earthquake resistant engineering. Giger disowned the Tokyo Giger Bar and never set foot in the place. Within a few years, the establishment was out of business.” So there…


H.R. Giger Bar in Gruyères,

This Giger bar is 7 x 10 meters, and has a 4 meter ceiling height.  The ceiling structure was cast in a light-weight, fire-retardant fiberglass. The floor covering is a radiating pattern with the classic Giger  floor-plates, cast here in cement. The space seats 70 barflies. Design and construction of the new Giger Bar spanned more than three years. This bar is the apex of a design process begun with the Tokyo Bar in 1980,and  followed by the Chur Giger Bar in 1992.


HR Giger Bar in Chur, Switzerland,













The interior of the bars are themed along the lines of his famous biomechanical style as shown in the Alien films. The roof, walls, fittings and chairs are all modeled by the artist and fit into the same designs as seen in the films he designed, notably “Alien”. The original Alien was produced in 1979, the cast: Ian Holm, John Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt. The prominent high-backed chair design was originally intended as a Harkonnen throne for an abandoned Dune film project.

In a video interview for Swiss television, the painter’s wife Carmen Scheifele said her husband was “on board” for the prequel, which she said might be one of two films, both set prior to Scott’s Alien. Speaking in Swiss German, Scheifele said: “We went to London to discuss the project and then did not hear anything back. We thought it wasn’t happening, but two days ago we got the call to say it was OK.”


HR Giger, Harkonnen Chair,

“Giger designed the famously phallic aliens, often known as xenomorphs, for Alien, and although his services were not required for James Cameron’s 1986 sequel, Aliens, his nightmarish designs have played a part in all versions of the monstrous creature, right up to 2007’s poorly received mashup sequel-of-sorts, Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.”

“Giger, also designed the giant space jockey creature whose exo-skeleton the crew of the Nostromo pass as they investigate the doomed planetoid in early scenes from Alien. Scott has strongly hinted that these creatures will feature heavily in the prequel or prequels, so it’s possible Giger could be involved in devising their look.”


HR Giger heels, by Alexander McQueen

Aliens Are Everywhere! The rumors: “Speculation over the template and storyline for the new project has been rife. There have been a range of rumors about it, some saying that it will be a straight reboot of the Alien franchise and another, later denied, saying that there would be a bizarre plot involving slave humans being forced into unlikely sexual acts by their extra terrestrial overlords. Scott himself has said the new movies will be ‘tough, really nasty. It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?’ Further reports suggest the project will move the series back to its horror-suspense roots, rather than the action thriller slant which Cameron introduced with Aliens.”

“Actors reportedly interested in roles include Natalie Portman, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Michelle Yeoh, Quantum of Solace’s Gemma Arterton, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace. There have also been reports that Scott has been inquiring about the work schedules of Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Fassbender. Lost’s Damon Lindeloff is the latest writer to take on the screenplay.”


~We love when our Boulevardiers share their BBE experiences!

Please send us your story ideas…and until then…Here’s Mud in Your Eye~



Parolio & Euphoria Lab, Madrid,






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