Photos by Bagus Tri Laksono
Spurred on by his passion for wine, Eddy Sugiri opened The Peak Resort Dining where people could come to relax in comfort in the windy hills of Northern Bandung. From this first enterprise, the wine aficionado soon discovered that many people shared the same interest. He decided to build on the wine-lover theme through specialty wines and spirits outlet – The Peak Connoisseurs – in 2007 which has now opened a new wine lounge on the ground level at Mercure Bandung City Centre in Lengkong Besar Street. It is the 14th lounge in Bandung alone, and the 17th location in total, with branches in Bali and Jakarta.
While a wine and cigar lounge might suggest a masculine ambiance with dark, old-fashioned furnishings ,The Peak offers a very different setting in its lounges with its signature light and lively vibe. In this latest store, the shop front is floor-to-ceiling glass, framed with black painted steel. The strong industrial style continues inside with exposed ceilings, unpainted concrete and brick walls, and black steel framework and panels. This rigid look is softened with the lively colours of the upholstery and artworks. The industrial framework is matched against curvy retro furniture that adds warmth into the room. The balance of the design makes this lounge appealing to young adults as well as more mature customers.
The wine culture is also evoked throughout the interior. Wine bottles are used as hanging lamps and decorative panels, while wooden wine crates have been recycled into coffee tables, flooring and panels.
The original space was gifted with a 5.8 metre high ceiling, so the interior design consultant, Spacio, decided to install a mezzanine level to create an extra lounge space. “It turned out the lower ceiling on the ground level also made a better wine cellar, while giving us an intimate space on the mezzanine,” says Alberto Lambri, director of Spacio.
Every table in the lounge has been given a different setting and background so guests can pick their favourite spot. On the mezzanine level, guests can snuggle into cosy, intimate spaces, like rooms, as each of the tables are separated with decorative panels. Exclusive to this location, The Peak Connoisseur is connected to its sister café, which offers Western dishes, an outside terrace and intimate meeting rooms.
The wine cellar is located far inside the building, as the wine should be kept away from direct sunlight. “In this lounge, The Peak offers around 300 kinds of wine and liquor from Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Italy and the United States among others. All of The Peak outlets have trained sales assistants to whom guests can refer for complimentary advice on wines and spirits. Besides, it has a cigar collection to enjoy in the lounge, or wrap up as a fancy gift,” says Reza Prihadi, marketing and communications officer for The Peak Connoisseurs.
This year, they will open a new lounge at Nuart Sculpture Park where people will be able to sip their wine while enjoying artworks by senior artist Nyoman Nuarta. With a strategic location, cosy setting and helpful service, The Peak is a go-to place to explore and sample wine culture while chilling out and relaxing with family, friends, and colleagues.