Skip to the Loo
These bathroom designs make a case for lingering
by Kathryn Stouffer
Photographs by Claire Shaper and Nick Simonite
There are those who make restroom breaks as quick as possible, some who demand to travel in a pack and others who find time to answer a few emails in between hand washing and a lipstick refresh. And while in the past, time spent in a restaurant bathroom was certainly nothing to rave about, nowadays these rooms have become spaces for daring design, custom scents and outrageous wallpaper. One more reason not to cook tonight.
615 S. Lamar Blvd.
A retreat within a retreat – Eberly’s co-mingled bathroom, designed by Mickie Spencer, embraces elegant finishes and perfectly dim lighting – a loo fit for kings and queens.
1722 S. Congress Ave.
As you might expect, this modern cafe with its hand-illustrated wine list and funky neon lighting keeps the good vibes going in the restaurant’s powder room. Restaurant mogul Larry McGuire and architect Will Fox left no detail unfinished. With plush seating, that ‘grammable, checkerboard floor and a custom-scented Boy Smells candle, what’s not to love?
1800 E. 6th St.
If you’re a flamingo fanatic, peek into Suerte’s baños. Outfitted in flamboyant wall coverings and white honeycomb tile, this tropical room is a vibrant and polished respite, best paired with the restaurant’s succulent spirits.
1914 E. 6th St., Suite C
These water closets with their slightly kooky, entertaining portraits and painter Will Bryant’s color-blocked patterns certainly deserve a moment in the spotlight. Don’t forget to bid adieu to the Golden Girls on your way out!
110 San Antonio St.
We dare you: try not to stare at the bold, botanical wallpaper lining the walls of Le Politique’s toilette. Thanks to Joe Holm and the design team at Clayton & Little, the stunning white marble and mod light fixtures reflect the restaurant’s contemporary take on the Parisian bistro of your dreams.
501 E. 53rd St.
Home Slice’s fresh setup on North Loop offers many more seats than its South Congress original but our favorite seat in the house may just be in the retro Ladies’ Room. Co-owners Jen Strickland and Terri Hannifin dreamed up the funky glam design and decked the space in gold wall coverings, a brass swan faucet and toiletries galore, an homage to everything you miss about your ‘80s club days.