Let’s start for the name of the restaurant “locura” is Spanish for “madness”. Locura’s bunker-like the chamber presents brutalist characteristics. There’s plenty of concrete, stone, mild steel and industrial brickwork arranged in orthogonal geometries, but underlying this taut tension lies the genius of Pattern Studio’s sleight of hand. Expressive materials, sculptural forms and evocative use of light and color animate the minimalist bar and casual diner in central Byron Bay.
Inspired by small, late-night venues of Mexico City, Locura is the latest offering from the Three Blue Ducks group, their first straddling bar territory. ‘We avoided clichés and any cultural appropriation gave the bar’s South American influence. The design celebrates the low key and pared back charm of Byron Bay,’ states Pattern’s co-director, Lily Goodwin.
Perch barside for Latin American snacks including tostadas with burnt jalapenos and salsa, managing the heat infusion with mezcal-based kombucha mules. Or linger tableside over red octopus, prawn, and coriander-oil ceviche and shredded achiote pork tacos with fermented corn and macadamia cream. Dessert comes in the form of aural stimulation, with DJ’s working for the decks late into the night.
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