To celebrate the emerging natural wine movement in the Deep South, entrepreneurs Brandon Loper and Trent Stewart established the Golden Age Wine bar and shop in Mountain Brook Village, a trendy suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. The duo tapped Loper’s wife, Amanda Loper, principal at David Baker Architects, to transform a 2,000-square-foot storefront space into an elevated yet unpretentious haunt.
The uncluttered design makes the bar’s selection of over 800 wines the star of the show. Loper and her team removed drywall to uncover the 1962 building’s original structure. Opening up the double-height space, the architect was able to salvage a warm gray concrete floor. Long walls incorporate 1,600 linear feet of shelving that run from a front tasting room to a more intimate back dining room. Graphic archways create a soft transition between the spaces.