If you’ve already attended one of Zach Eidson’s Friday night wine tastings at his shop, Oakley Wines, then you’ll be thrilled to know that you can now drink there any night of the week. His new project, The Cellar, is now up and running with a full bar (including beer and wine on tap), a menu of snacks (fancy meat and cheese, Marcona almonds, et al.), and a cozy subterranean vibe.
After busting through the first level floor to create his new bar, Eidson went to great lengths to preserve much of the Oakley building’s early 20th-century character, including cleaning and sealing original brick walls and converting an old incinerator into a fireplace.
The Cellar is an important addition to this transitional east side neighborhood, which has plenty of pubs and dive bars, but a short supply of more upscale options. The new venue is classy enough for a big date night, but casual enough (thanks to Eidson’s nice-guy personality) to be your favorite weekly hangout. Visit the upstairs shop daily from 11 a.m. until around midnight, and head downstairs for bar service starting at 5 p.m.
The Cellar at Oakley Wines, 4011 Alston St., Oakley, (513) 531-1400, oakleywines.com