EDGEWATER – After years of internet hosting LGBTQ-friendly events, a pair in Andersonville have opened a bar the place they’ll proceed their custom of inclusive, neighborhood-focused occasions.
Whiskey Lady Tavern in early July at 6318 N. Opened in Clark St. The bar comes from Christina and Heather Roberts, who took over Stress Billiards after it closed earlier this yr.
Whiskey Lady Tavern is a bar and restaurant that can host occasions and be a sports activities viewing middle, its house owners mentioned. As a passionate sports activities fan with a background in Satisfaction-affiliated occasion promotion, Heather Roberts mentioned the bar speaks volumes about her ardour.
“We have at all times needed a spot to look at video games and have an excellent cocktail and by no means actually get it,” mentioned Heather Roberts. “We have created a spot we might wish to go.”
The Whiskey Lady Tavern — named for one of many couple’s twin Bernadoodles — is rolling out in phases as Roberts overhauled the house, which spent 16 years as a pool corridor.
The previous pool corridor’s bar room has been utterly renovated, together with new tile, velvet-upholstered seating, new lighting, and a mural bearing the bar’s namesake, Whiskey the Canine.
The bar focuses on native craft beers and craft cocktails. Meals embody three pizzas, rooster tenders and french fries. The house owners mentioned that every one the meals objects and dipping sauces are made in-house.
Extra meals objects and cocktails will probably be launched within the coming months, as will probably be added to the bar sooner or later.
Solely the entrance bar house is open. The house owners mentioned the again room, which is within the neighboring storefront, is below building.
The again house beforehand had 16 pool tables. The renovated rooms will embody a second bar, seating space, TV, a efficiency house, 4 pool tables and different video games. Roberts hopes to open the again room by the beginning of the soccer season in September.
Together with the efficiency house, Roberts plans to host a comedy evening and a ladies’s and music evening that highlights queer ladies within the recording business.
Christina Roberts co-founded Andersonville’s Again Lot Bash, a delight celebration that caters to lesbians. The couple mentioned that Whiskey Lady Tavern is LGBTQ pleasant and needed to welcome everybody.
“It is undoubtedly a neighborhood bar. It is about being inclusive,” mentioned Christina Roberts.
The bar may even insist on exhibiting ladies’s sports activities on its TVs. The house owners have additionally deliberate conventional sports activities pub elements, together with a mug membership.
“The objective is to imitate the demographics of the neighborhood,” mentioned Heather Roberts. “We wish everybody to really feel welcome right here.”
He mentioned the enterprise mannequin Edgewater has proved to be standard among the many neighbours. The bar’s opening weekend noticed strains exterior the door, whereas the bar was at capability for a lot of the primary week.
“We have now neighbors say they’re searching for it,” Christina Roberts mentioned. “We’re glad it checks the containers they’re searching for.”
Whiskey Lady Tavern is open Mondays and Wednesdays–Thursdays from 4–11 pm, Fridays 4 pm–midnight, Saturday afternoons–midnight, and Sundays till 11 pm. It’s closed on Tuesdays.
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