Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Three In One Day: Blackbird Rising,
Alia at Last, and A Bar With No Name

alia opening

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.
skee ball
skee ball!


At 11:40 AM, Blogger daniel said...

we ate at alia last night. sat at the sofa tables. pretty interesting finish-out for sure. my girlfriend thinks we have enough "theme restaurants" with gratuitous uses of indoor water decor. i thought they did a pretty nice job. and while our food was only mediocre, i'll definitely go back. i'm not going to hold their opening night food up to too much scrutiny. and they had pretty good prices by and large.

also, we went to the unnamed bar and played skee ball. A LOT like those two people in your photo. almost EXACTLY like them. heh. that's us, is what i'm saying. but i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger i'mnotsayin said...

Heh, thanks for modeling! Sorry about the talent waiver situation...

Fantastic new music website btw. We added you to our sidebar links, hope you don't mind.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger daniel said...

awesome. thanks for the link to my show!

we ate at Blackbird Parlour last night, by the way. curiously we were both more impressed by the food than the pastries. it's curious because the pastries SEEM like they're the whole point of the place. they are beautiful and lovingly presented, but weren't all that special to consume. meanwhile the dinner was scrumptious. you've got to try the "grilled cheese" they offer. it's not your standard sandwich by that name, and it is amazing.

oh, and the finish-out of Blackbird is also just great. really well done. thanks for cuing me they were open yesterday so i could try them out.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Reigning Frog said...

I love skeeball!

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Redd's has had skeeball for at least a year now, only there they have a special bonus. A free beer is you score higher than 400 or something. I forget the exact number, but it is easily doable if you know the skeeball trick.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Reigning Frog said...

skeeball trick? I'm intrigued...

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

at Redd's the goal is 300 point i belive. So you dont even try for the 100, you shoot the ball down the edge and it will roll along the edge and should fly into the 75 point hole, a few of those and you got yourself a free beer. It has been a while since I was there so I'm not sure if they still do it, but its worth a try

At 3:50 PM, Blogger B Fonville said...

That new N 6th bar is called Hugs. Or maybe Huggs. I kinda like it as Hugggggs.


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