Three In One Day: Blackbird Rising,
Alia at Last, and A Bar With No Name
North Sixth Street is set to gain three new eating and/or drinking establishments in just over 24 hours, with the simultaneous openings of Alia (Wednesday), Blackbird Parlour (Thursday AM), and the still-nameless bar at 108 North 6th.
Blackbird Parlour, which we reported on a couple weeks back, was making final preparations for a Thursday morning opening when we popped in this evening. The café-by-day / cozy wine bar after dark is at 197 Bedford - the corner of North 6th.
Alia, the long-awaited Mediterranean restaurant at 95 North 6th (between Berry and Wythe), threw open its doors - and threw down the possibility of table-side belly dancing tonight, after well over two years of construction.
Across the street at 108 North 6th, the uniquely artful pub we reported on Monday night rolled up its gate late Tuesday, attracting a steady stream of drinkers - and, according to owner Carrie Oelfke, about 20 groups of photographers.
The tunnel-shaped tavern was decorated by a number of area artists, and besides a well-stocked bar, the unidentified establishment features a small performance stage, a weather-friendly smokers' porch (much like nearby Gutter), and - get this - two short lanes of skee ball!
As for the name issue, Oelfke says the joint won't remain anonymous for long. "Its like a new pet," she explained, "you have to play with it and get to know its personality before you go naming it." Get to know it yourself at the bar's official grand opening next Friday, October 26th.