An ode to the joy of travel, Journey Pub in Bucharest has a tale to tell in whichever corner of the venue you find yourself in. Designed by Alexandra and Cristina of Jooca Studio, the premises presented a challenging mix of large saloon, two little basement rooms and a big garden terrace area, but the pair have risen to the challenge in some style.
At the beginning of the Journey is the saloon, which has a spirit of adventure a la Jules Verne and his 80 Days trip. A big circular compass installation in the middle of the room points the way to worldwide destinations that might be reached in the hot air balloons that float just below the cloud ceiling, handmade from spherical Chinese lanterns. At eye level there’s a wall of postcards and a colourful flag atlas expanding the customers’ horizons.
Outside and downstairs things are a touch more informal, though just as adventurous. The garden is home to a suitcase full of travel related knick-knacks and beach cabin hammocks, stretched out under the hanging lights bringing to mind a starry sky. The cellar rooms are intimate little spaces, one dark and cosy and filled with a swarm of butterflies, the other like a child’s playroom, full of fun and games. We’d say this place alone is worth the journey to Romania.