Whiskey Lady Tavern brings an LGBTQ-friendly sports activities bar to Edgewater — that includes craft cocktails, ladies’s sports activities and extra

Whiskey Lady Tavern brings an LGBTQ-friendly sports activities bar to Edgewater — that includes craft cocktails, ladies’s sports activities and extra

EDGEWATER — After years of internet hosting LGBTQ-friendly events, an Andersonville couple has opened a bar the place they will proceed their custom of inclusive, neighborhood-focused occasions.

Whiskey Lady Tavern opened in early July at 6318 N. Clark St. The bar comes from Christina and Heather Roberts, who jumped on the likelihood to take over Strain Billiards after it closed earlier this yr.

Whiskey Lady Tavern is a bar and restaurant that may host occasions and be a sports activities viewing middle, its homeowners mentioned. As a passionate sports activities fan with a background in selling Pleasure-related occasions, Heather Roberts mentioned the bar speaks to their passions.

“We have at all times needed a spot to look at sports activities and have a pleasant cocktail and we might by no means discover it,” Heather Roberts mentioned. “We constructed a spot the place we might wish to go.”

The Whiskey Lady Tavern — named for one of many couple’s twin Bernadoodles — is being phased out because the Robertses renovate the house, which spent 16 years as a pool corridor.

The bar room of the previous pool corridor has been utterly renovated, together with new tiles, velvet upholstered seating, new lighting and a mural of the bar’s namesake, Whiskey the canine.

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Whiskey Lady Tavern opened within the renovated former Strain Billiards house.

The bar focuses on native craft beers and cocktails. The meal consists of three pizzas, rooster tenders and fries. All of the meals and dipping sauces are made in home, the homeowners mentioned.

Extra meals and cocktails shall be rolled out within the coming months, in addition to future additions to the bar.

Solely the entrance bar house is open. The again room, which is within the storefront subsequent door, is below development, the homeowners mentioned.

The again house beforehand had 16 pool tables. The renovated room will embody a second bar, seating, tv, a efficiency house, 4 pool tables and different video games. The Roberts hope to open the again room by the beginning of soccer season in September.

With the efficiency house, the Robertses plan to host a comedy evening and a ladies’s and music evening that highlights queer ladies within the recording trade.

Christina Roberts co-founded Andersonville’s Again Lot Bash, a Pleasure-related occasion that caters to lesbians. Whiskey Lady Tavern is LGBTQ-friendly and seeks to welcome everybody, the couple mentioned.

“It is positively a neighborhood bar. It is about being inclusive,” mentioned Christina Roberts.

The bar may even emphasize the show of ladies’s sports activities on its televisions. The homeowners additionally plan to have conventional sports activities drink parts, together with a tour membership.

“The objective is to imitate the demographics of the neighborhood,” Heather Roberts mentioned. “We would like everybody to really feel welcome right here.”

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Christina (l.) and Heather Roberts pose behind the bar on the Whiskey Lady Tavern.

The enterprise mannequin has confirmed well-liked with Edgewater neighbors, they mentioned. The bar’s opening weekend noticed no traces out the door, whereas many of the first week the bar was at capability.

“We have had neighbors say they have been asking for this,” Christina Roberts mentioned. “We’re glad it checks the packing containers they’re on the lookout for.”

Whiskey Lady Tavern is open 4-11pm Monday and Wednesday-Thursday, 4pm-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturdays and noon-11pm Sundays. It’s closed on Tuesdays.

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