First look: Optimist Hall’s bar opens officially next week, and we’ve got the menu

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Leaving Parkwood cocktail at The Spindle Bar

Spindle Bar, an 18-seat cocktail bar serving the entire Optimist Hall food hall, will officially open Monday. Operated by Billy Sunday mixologist Stephanie Andrews, Spindle Bar will serve up a selection of easy-drinking draft and frozen cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. 

“The opportunity to reimagine the spirit of Billy Sunday in Charlotte has been an incredible experience, along with the chance to create an entirely new cocktail bar from scratch with Spindle,” Andrews said in a statement. “We can’t wait to open our doors and start connecting with the local community.”

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Mixologist Stephanie Andrews

[Related: Exclusive: The Spindle Bar—serving draft cocktails, beer and wine—to open in Optimist Hall]

Unlike the other bars in the Hall, Spindle Bar’s ABC license allows it to serve the entire communal space, meaning guests can take their liquor beverages with them as they wander throughout the hall. Enjoy your drink on the patio with a view of the skyline.

“Charlotte continues to amaze me with its genuine hospitality. I am so looking forward to sharing Spindle Bar with the community,” said Spindle Bar Proprietor Matthias Merges. 

Photo by Jessica Swannie
The Spindle Bar

[Related: Take a look at Optimist Hall, now open]

See below for an exclusive first look at the Spindle Bar cocktail menu:

Spindle Menu:          

La Louisiane: Rye, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth, Peychaud’s, Absinthe 

Old Pal: Bourbon, Dry Vermouth, Bitters di Torino 

Aurora Collins: Cucumber, Mint, Lime, Blanco Tequila, Sherry, Soda

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Aurora Collins cocktail

Leaving Parkwood: White Rum, Watermelon, Lime, Peychauds (shown at top)

Threads of Fate: Carolina Gold Rice Horchata, Cinnamon, Tequila 

Benevolent Norn: Cappelletti, House Strawberry Soda, Sparkling Wine 

By the Yard: Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea-draft 

Maleficent Fairy: Mezcal, Passionfruit, Thai bird chili, aperol – bottled 

Go For Gingham: Pisco, cynar, grapefruit, house ginger beer – bottled 

Highland Tonic: House gin and tonic 

Frozen Cocktails:

  • House Cola and Fernet 
  • 3 Orange Whips 



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