El Botánico: A botanical bar in Medellín
El Botánico is Medellín’s answer to London’s unrelenting botanical cocktail trend. Resembling a chic urban greenhouse with industrial charm, the restaurant and bar designed by local interior and architecture firm 5 Sólidos and led by Chef Pedro Fernández, boasts impressive floor-to-ceiling hanging plants and vegetation, sky-high ceilings, warm wood paneling, and details meant to transport guests to a mid-19th century conservatory meets plant laboratory.
Inspired by the growing trend in botanical-themed restaurants and bars, the creative minds behind 5 Sólidos and graphic design firm Sr. Wheel invented a “botanist” character that travels the world searching for exotic herbs and spices to mix in his recipes. Chef Fernández is the incarnation of this character, developing cocktails and dishes based on exotic herbs and ingredients.
With cement ceilings and pillars making way for wood paneling, white marble tabletops, tropical ceiling fans, black and white mosaic tiles, and dining furniture characteristic of the era, the industrial space displays a subtle elegance where no detail goes unnoticed.
The semicircle-shaped front bar exhibits an almost hedonistic collection of liquor flanked by lush vegetation, while the entire back wall houses an enviable assortment of books and 19th-century ornaments. Finally, ambient mid-century globe pendants and contemporary illumination puts the focus on a variety of sitting areas and classic design details.