Mass Ave. has a new bar, with an old vibe.
The Exchange Whiskey Bar opens Wednesday in the Hammond Block building at 301 Massachusetts Ave. with over 180 handcrafted whiskeys and cocktails and a Prohibition era theme.
The sweatshop-style bar is from Prime Hospitality Group, owners of seven Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses, including two in Indianapolis, and the 7-year-old Exchange Whiskey Bar in South Bend.
Developed in a warm and comfortable atmosphere, with upholstered furniture and dark colors, the bar aims to attract all visitors – dating couples, girls in town, business travelers and people looking for a drink afterwards. work.
“Hopefully we’ll cater for all types of drinks anyone would want,” said Kristy Rans, owner and president of Prime Hospitality Group.
And a limited menu of bites has been created to complement the drinks. Customers can opt for charcuterie platters, stuffed eggs, or homemade chips and dips.
It’s in 3,200 square feet on the first floor and basement of the Hammond Block building; appropriate, as it is one of the oldest buildings on Mass Ave.
The location is bustling with activity, home to businesses, residences, and other bars and restaurants. Neighbors include Ball & Biscuit, The Eagle Food & Beer Hall and Bru Burger Bar.
“With everything going on on Mass Ave., all the walking opportunity that the area offers and the people who live and work there, all the other dining options, it’s going to be a hit,” Rans said. “This will attract everyone who lives in this area of Avenue Mass ..”
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The bar was originally slated for a spring opening, but Prime decided to wait until occupancy limits were raised.
A space downstairs with a second bar is available for private events.
It is open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bar will temporarily close at midnight on weekends to meet city COVID-19 guidelines.