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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Exciting Booze News: A New Bar from the Owner of Liberty!

Posted by on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

This is where the as-yet-unnamed bar will be.
  • Kelly O
  • This is where the as-yet-unnamed bar will be.

Liberty owner Andrew Friedman is opening a new bar. He gave us the details.

Where: 1720 East Olive Way, at the corner of Olive and Harvard, in the space in the house that for years was Online Coffee (then, briefly, Online Cafe). Friedman says, "Yeah, they really stretched when they named that one."

Name: No name yet. "Naming a bar is kind of like naming a baby. You have one chance to do it right." (Friedman's own brand-new baby girl is named Bowie Friedman.)

The concept/space: "It’s going to be as if you’re just going to your friend’s house and having a drink. Or your friend who lives in a really nice place, because none of us live in nice places. Not design-heavy—you just walk in and you’re like, 'Wow, this is cool.' Instead of like every other bar—mine included—having tables, [where] you walk in and you know you’re in a bar, you just come in, hang out, and drink at someone’s house. A lot of couches, very comfortable, that kind of thing."

"It’s just a naturally great space... You walk in and you feel great."

The capacity will be 60-ish people, with a 15-seat bar, which Friedman admits is not like your friend's place, but, he says: "We love being bartenders. We love being able to make drinks for people and stand behind the bar." They're also going to pre-batch specialty drinks instead of doing one-by-one craft cocktails: "You can make a really great drink without taking the time to make a six-ingredient drink every time." Of course, you'll still be able to order whatever cocktail you want, too. And they'll be expanding the deck into an all-season patio.

When: "It should not take a long time, because there’s not a terrific amount to do—it’s just that you never know how long the city takes to give us our permits—because we’re doing everything legally. A novel concept for a lot of bars. So if it’s open in two months, we’d be stoked."

Food: "It’s not going to be a chef-centric type of food. It’s going to be light, really tasty, really good, and very satisfying, but it’s not going to be a deep menu." He has no idea who will be in the kitchen yet—it's not a secret, they just don't have a chef yet.

On juggling a newborn baby and a new business: "You just make it work. Life puts stuff in front of you, and you just kind of hold it in, keep moving forward. The baby has no idea what’s going on. She’s not contributing much to the design process." Meanwhile, the opening process is going "smooth as the bottom of a newborn baby."

Why now: He was a consultant for the previous owner, and they kept in touch. "And one day he called and said, 'Hey man, you want this space? I don’t want to do it.' And I was more than happy to say yes."

 

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Paul Constant 1
It should obviously be named Justice.
Posted by Paul Constant http://https://twitter.com/paulconstant on April 11, 2013 at 2:36 PM · Report this
care bear 2
I can't believe Online Coffee hung on that long.
Posted by care bear on April 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
I hope this place is way over priced and way over pretentious with an oddly high number of homeless hanging out!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on April 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM · Report this
NaFun 4
@1 I was thinking Equality or Fraternity.
Posted by NaFun http://www.dancesafe.org on April 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM · Report this
raku 5
Online Coffee was a great community resource. Random Yuppiebar #741 (their new name) will not be.
Posted by raku on April 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM · Report this
6
I like the concept -- just like going to a friend's house for a drink. I'm assuming that means the drinks are free, right?
Posted by ian on April 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 7
And now you know, once again, why rents on Cap Hill are so high. There's a bar on every street and every corner.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on April 11, 2013 at 3:05 PM · Report this
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@5: Liberty has good coffee and free wi-fi all day—hopefully the new place will follow suit.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on April 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM · Report this
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"Naming a bar is kind of like naming a baby. You have one chance to do it right." (Friedman's own brand-new baby girl is named Bowie Friedman.)
Um, yeah.
Posted by Warren Terra on April 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM · Report this
raku 10
8- Online Coffee was a good resource for people without a laptop or iPad (the ones who need Internet).

Also, this news reads like a paid ad. Why not ask what makes this bar diverse from the 10000 other expensive cocktail bars, or about their Liberty menu items from the MBA/Environmental Defense Fund's "AVOID" list?
Posted by raku on April 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM · Report this
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@1 and @4: A place that aims to be like "going to your friend's house and having a drink" has to got to called Fraternity. Though I can see how that could be misinterpreted.
Posted by Kalakalot on April 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM · Report this
COMTE 12
@6:

That, plus you get to help yourself to whatever's in the fridge...
Posted by COMTE on April 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Report this
COMTE 13
@5:

"Random Yuppiebar" - what is this, the '80's? The term "Yuppie" hasn't been in common usage since the early '90's. Or did you really mean to say "Hipster"?

In either case, please, do try to keep up.
Posted by COMTE on April 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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Liberty is coated with farts. Sweat. Breath. I can only go there when the temperature is above 64 degrees. It is then that they'll crack the door. Acceptable. But from September to March: stankfoot in there. Icky!

Online Coffee building the same way? Hope not.
Posted by cap'n condensation on April 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
They should do a Happy Hour drink special called the Online. Kahlua with a buzz.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on April 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
@13 for the Epic Naming Rights win of the Decade.

Is it the 20's yet?

Or as we'll call it, the Double Deuce?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on April 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM · Report this
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Will. Why in every fucking thread do you have to declare something the win? shut the hell up.
Posted by Conrad McMasters on April 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM · Report this
18
Bowie? Better luck with the bar's name dude
Posted by Reader01 on April 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 19
@17 I don't. Half the time there is no winner, or someone else did it.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on April 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM · Report this
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Will, there is very rarely a thread "winner." There is, however almost always a loser (it's you)
Posted by Reader01 on April 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM · Report this
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@20 +1
Posted by cheakamus on April 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Paul Constant 22
@4 and @11: I would accept Fraternity except, you know, for the existence of fraternities. Equality is an okay name, though.
Posted by Paul Constant http://https://twitter.com/paulconstant on April 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM · Report this
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Respect, you guys. You see- Will was involved in the alpha testing of the Argentine version of this bar in the early 2000's.
Posted by Actionsquid on April 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 24
"The Memory Hole"

[Van Halen's best album?]
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on April 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM · Report this
Rotten666 25
A real community asset provides Internet access and computers,free of charge. It's called a library.
Posted by Rotten666 on April 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM · Report this
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@7 You know where else there's a bar on every corner? Baltimore. And that place has awesome places for cheap rent!

(Awesome except for the strongarm and/or home-invasion robberies. But I still miss the Mount Royal Tavern.)
Posted by murdamore on April 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM · Report this
fixo 27
Olive House
Posted by fixo on April 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM · Report this

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