BLUE HILL, Maine – It was Jill Clendenen’s birthday Wednesday. She had cupcakes, individuals imbibing drinks and a couple of month as a bar proprietor below her belt.
It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind, however the first few weeks of working the Brick Block, her new cocktail bar and lounge in downtown Blue Hill, has been a thrill for Clendenen.
With a menu of rotating cocktails, native beers and wine, Clendenen hopes to present individuals a spot to socialize at a time of night time when most locations on the peninsula have closed.
“It makes me so completely satisfied and proud to essentially be offering a cool place for individuals to hang around,” Clendenen stated Wednesday, which has unofficially turn into often called “queer night time” on the bar.
The Brick Block, one of many few late night time spots on the Blue Hill Peninsula, is in an 1830 constructing throughout the road from Blue Hill Harbor. In its 192 years, the property has hosted an auto restore store, a submit workplace, a resort and a boat-building enterprise.
Clendenen had a entrance row seat to individuals kicking tires on the situation as a result of her eclectic retail area Moyo Boutique is in the identical constructing. Somebody had an thought for a wine bar, one other was excited about a breakfast and lunch restaurant.
However neither labored out so Clendenen pitched the owner on her thought for a bar and lounge.
She formally opened the bar final month, and when you’ve been to Moyo earlier than, you’ll be able to inform the Brick Block is run by the identical individual. The boutique’s vibe oozes into the lounge, and merchandise from the boutique can be arrange within the bar. The setting is extra cozy front room than modern cocktail lounge.
A number of of the objects, reminiscent of pillows, books, glasses and different odds and ends, are on the market within the bar, and if issues are gradual Clendenen will take patrons over to the boutique to do some after-hours buying.
Although it’s a welcoming and playful area, it’s nonetheless a bar and undoubtedly for adults. There’s a “WAP” neon signal subsequent to the bar for all of the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion followers and one other with the F-word.
Nevertheless it’s nonetheless for these younger at coronary heart. Cornhole and a large 4 in a row sport are arrange on the lounge’s deck.
The Brick Block plans to be open year-round, and Clendenen hopes to arrange trivia or paint and sip nights to present the neighborhood one thing to do within the colder months.
A number of patrons there Wednesday night time stated they loved having a small, laid-back bar the place they might keep out late.
“All people has stated, ‘How late are you open? Are you going to be open previous 8 o’clock?’” Clenenden stated with amusing. “I believe individuals are kind of craving that.”