Raised by Wolves is a 1,500 square-foot boutique bottle shop and 2,500 square-foot hidden cocktail bar custom designed and built by Paul Basile of BASILE Studio. Further enhancing the multi-million dollar renovation of the Westfield UTC retail center, Basile’s intent was to transport guests across the threshold of a unique shopping experience into Paris or London of the early 1900s.
Upon entry, the front retail spirits portion includes marble logo inlays on the floor. Bottle displays with stained oak cabinetry were fashioned in different styles, heights, and dimensions for an eclectic “found” feel. Three different types of custom-cut marble create the flooring for a three-dimensional effect with vintage lighting and antique furnishings scattered throughout. French country murals by Zoe Design are painted by hand on every square inch of wall space.
Basile created a secret entrance via a stained oak fireplace sitting atop a dual-sided 360-degree rotating platform. In order to enter, guests are led by a hostess to sit upon 1920s-era Victorian spindle chairs before spinning into the hidden bar awaiting on the other side. Basile utilized a car carousel, typically used in showrooms, controlled by an HP motor with control discreetly hidden in a liquor cabinet.
A massive green Art Nouveau-inspired steel garden gazebo structure encircles the bar with LED RGB lighting behind stained glass paneling. The lights are timed to mimic the outdoors from sunrise to sunset within an hour. In the surrounding parlor, an English-inspired library showcases cabinetry lined with old books and vintage found goods. Staged vignettes of oversized Victorian settees cater to small groups for an intimate experience.