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Dry

Milan cocktail bar and pizzeria Dry ditches soggy vintage opulence in favour of a spartan look...

Dry seems at first to be a curious name for a cocktail bar, but we can explain. Firstly, the Milan hangout is employing a little Italian irony, recalling the days of Prohibition America when clandestine speakeasies first became popular. A quick glance at the array of spirits festooning the glittering bar reveals this venue to be anything but booze-free. Secondly, it’s an esoteric reference to “the dry principle” – a software development philosophy that advocates stripped back code without unnecessary repetition. So there you have it.

Stripped back is certainly the way hospitality think-tank food.different’s interior architect Tiziano Vudafieri has gone with Dry Milano. This is cocktails and pizza with all the fashionable vintage-era bar business (apart from a few classic drinks recipes) chucked in the skip. The front of house drinking area is particularly sparse – you don’t even get wallpaper, and the specials are written on the concrete walls. There are, at least, some nice stools to perch on while you imbibe, and even a front row window seat for those who like to see and be seen. To the rear some aesthetic concessions are made to the space’s function as a dining area, and you can enjoy Simone Lombardi’s pizzas in relative extravangance – tables, chairs, glasses and cutlery are all provided. Decoration is provided by video installations curated by art centre Peep-Hole. Dry by name, refreshingly different by nature.

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Photos, Santi Caleca

Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano

Photo, Diego Rigatti

Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano

Photos, Santi Caleca

Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano

Photos, Diego Rigatti

Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano

Photos, Santi Caleca

Dry Pizza Cocktail Bar Milano

Photo (and lead image), Diego Rigatti

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