Photo by Kelsi Edgelow.
Photo by Kelsi Edgelow.

From the street, one wouldn’t suspect Kelowna’s newest urban winery to be anything more than the latest trendy cocktail bar to nestle itself into the heart of the city. Upon entering, however, it becomes clear that Ricco Bambino stands in a class of its own.

What is immediately most striking about Ricco Bambino’s interior is its lurid aesthetic, which seems to draw influence from both your rich grandmother’s living room—complete with all its crystal, velvet upholstery, and white lattice metal furniture—and North Korea’s seemingly Wes Anderson-inspired colour palette. No two pieces of furniture in Ricco Bambino are upholstered with the same colour of fabric, amongst which champagne, lilac, dusty rose, and mint feature prominently. The effect is a mesmerizing, almost vertigo-inducing tension that feels at times both ultra-modern and campy (the window-sill herb garden being the former, the forest of plastic ivy hung from the ceiling being the latter).

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