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Planting Roots in Berkeley Neighborhood: The Tatarian

Planting Roots in Berkeley Neighborhood: The Tatarian

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Interview by Carlee Henderson @carleeah

Words by Lenka Juchelkova @lenkaj1

Photos by Oscar Ladd @oskaar_l

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What does 'Tatarian' mean? What is the cocktail bar's concept?

“Originating from central and southeastern Europe the Tatarian Maple also thrives here on the front range of Colorado. After discovering a map with a real estate ad from the early 1900s advertising that the city of Berkeley was gifting a shade tree to every new plot owner, we envisioned our concept around the theme of trees to pay homage to this bit of history of the neighborhood.”

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What was the design inspiration for the cozy, long and narrow space?

“While orienting ourselves with our favorite cocktail bars in New York and all over the world, we identify that one of the key advantages of the long narrow layout bar designs is that it gets the guests closer to the bartenders and gives them sense of inclusion.”

Which interior design company did you work with to create your vision? 

“Mike (Huggins; fellow proprietor/owner) has designed all of our spaces, including Tatarian, with some of mine and David Wirth’s input.”

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The cocktail menus are beautifully designed booklets that tell wonderful stories about each crafted drink. Who designs the booklets and the idea of storytelling?

“The menu was cooperation between Mike Huggins, Josh Sevy, Nathan Spark and David Wirth. Mike came up with the idea, Josh created the cocktails, Nathan designed it and David found the descriptions for each cocktail.”

Three words to best describe Tatarian?

“Welcoming, inspiring, artistic.”

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What do you hope guests take away after visiting your bar?

“We hope that every guest leaves full of joy and comfort as if they were at an extension of their own home.”

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Any favorite recommendations?

“With the cold season my go to cocktail is the Dragon’s Blood. It is apricot forward while balanced with dried fruit and cinnamon. This warm cocktail is sure to give me comfort on cold nights.”

About The Menu

“The first volume of Tatarian's cocktail book focuses on trees grown throughout the world, drawing inspiration from their ecology, history, and the culture of their native country. The cocktails reflect the tree's traits, whether through the ingredients used in the recipe, or through appearance and presentation.”

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Interview by Carlee Henderson @carleeah

Words by Lenka Juchelkova @lenkaj1

Photos by Oscar Ladd @oskaar_l

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