The mystical name hides an exquisite bar with a staircase designed by architect Lidval and an interior assembled from antique details.
The Lobby Bar of the Lost Dragon and Three Elves is located in the building of the Nobel Brothers Oil Production Partnership and positions itself as the lobby of a non-existent hotel. The ”owner” of the bar is also not entirely realistic. According to the concept, this is an aesthete elf who loves painting, beautiful women, backstage night events and wine.
And the lost dragon from the name is an allegory to all of us and to our time. “We are lost in our fears, conjectures, dreams and desires. We want to, but we can’t find ourselves. The dragon’s soul split into four parts, as it happens, we split in search and torment”“ the real founders of the bar from the “Organized Criminal Group of Good Deeds” tell.
According to the story, three elf brothers found parts of the dragon’s soul and began to guard them in different parts of St. Petersburg. One of them — “reason” – is stored here, in the building of the Nobel Brothers Oil Production Association, which architect Lidval applied his efforts to rebuild. Two more are located in the Naryshkin mansion and at the Siemens & Halske manufactory, but the team promises to tell about this later.
The founders of the bar from the “Organized criminal group of Good Deeds” are great romantics and people in love with their city. And this can be seen in the interiors they create. The ideologist of the project, Evgeny Hitkov, did not study design, but managed to feel the aesthetics of space, place and history of St. Petersburg. “If I feel the space and the future project, then I do the interior myself, if not, then I invite designers, but rarely,” he shares.
The lobby bar is located in the entrance group of the building, which architect Lidval worked on in 1909. Therefore, the team got a two-story space with a luxurious marble staircase according to his project, huge stained glass windows and seven-meter ceilings.
It is impossible to compete with Lidval, so the task was not to spoil the historical component (the staircase and the room under the protection of the KGIOP), focus on what is left, and add details point-by-point. Antique items that helped create the right atmosphere were searched on Avito, in vintage stores and on the ruins.
Cocktails and wine are served on the ground floor, and a small restaurant with 20 seats is located on the second floor. The project team — Sasha Aflyatunova, Yaroslav Svintsov, Yulia Epelbaum, Artem Denisenko, Zhenya Elkina, Natalia Prishchepova and Dana Karapetov – not only managed to create a space with history, they allowed visitors to hide from reality for a short time in a real fairy tale.