Located inside a Wilmington bank-turned-hotel, this underground bar is a mix of raw materials and elevated design.
Simmer Down occupies a vaulted brick space inside The Quoin that was previously used to store bundles of furs, silk, gold bars and coins during its time as a bank. It’s been outfitted with a bespoke wooden bar and a series of deep, caramel brown banquettes – part of an interior design scheme by Stokes Architecture + Design, who overhauled the interiors of the building to create the 24-room boutique hotel.
One of the main features of the revamped space is its room-long mural, designed by Philadelphia artist Reverend Michael Alan. The hand-drawn piece depicts local landmarks as well as images from mythology in a surreal tapestry that the artist says is partly inspired by cave painting and catacomb art.
The subterranean feel is further elevated by Simmer Down’s fringed table lamps, leather bar stools and layered rugs – although uplights mean the weather brick ceiling is very much a focus of the room. On the menu is a list of ‘stirred and boozy’ or ‘shaken and refreshing’ cocktails.
519 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801