Fernside, a refined-neighborhood bar located on the corner of Grape and Fern streets in San Diego’s historic South Park neighborhood. Replacing a storied dive bar, the design enhances a sense of community and provides an inviting place for families and industry vets alike. Glass roll-up doors were added to the north facade to complement the existing sliding glass walls to the east, completely blending the interior and exterior environments.
The operable facades open onto two new dining patios that extend to the busy pedestrian streetscape. A portion of the interior floor was raised to create a seamless transition with the new exterior deck, while also providing a dramatic split level dining experience within the space. The new bar was re-oriented to engage Fern Street, and is clad with modern hexagonal tiles to compliment the classic wood bar-top finish. Decades old drop ceilings were removed to expose a 73 year old vaulted wood ceiling and a series of expansive bow trusses, revealing an entirely new identity for the space. Emerald green accents and brown leather booths come together with the exposed masonry, wood, and steel elements to craft a refined, yet comfortable neighborhood bar experience.