Wooden Robot Brewery CEO Josh Patton is launching a craft cocktail lounge in South End near Superica called Elsewhere. He’s targeting a mid-December opening.
“Most people in Charlotte aren’t from here, and we love the idea that everyone brings something a little different and interesting to our city but still retains what makes them unique,” Josh said. “The idea is to borrow from the brewery model a bit and have a few core drinks on our menu but rotate through a wide variety of unique, interesting, innovative cocktails as well.”
The rotating drink menu will highlight a specific region or theme accompanied by drinks representative of that area. For example, if they’re highlighting South America, offerings would include pisco-based drinks (common in Peru and Chile) and Brazilian caipirinhas, accented by herbs, fruits, etc. native to that area.
“The idea is to keep it fresh and interesting and let the space reflect that by making mild alterations to fit in with the current drink theme,” Josh said. “We think it could be a lot of fun to essentially ‘pop-up’ a tiki bar in the space over the summer.”
Layout: The interior of the space is 750 square feet with 150-square-foot mezzanine and a 400-square-foot patio.
Location: It’ll be at the Design Center Courtyard (accessed from the alley near Jeni’s) near Superica and Barcelona.
And that location is key, Josh said.
“I became personally interested in the craft cocktail scene right around the same time as I did craft beer. It’s always been something I wanted to pursue, but was really looking for the right location,” he told the Agenda. “We love what what’s happening over at the Design Center (the courtyard space specifically) and think the old mill building with spiral staircase and mezzanine create a great backdrop and palate for what we are trying to do.”
Drink menu: Expect a handful of core drinks with a larger selection of rotating cocktails. They’re still finalizing things, but whiskey, amaros, ports, sherries and mezcal will be worked into the mix.
Food: They’re working with Pepperbox Doughnuts to offer elevated and creative snacks.
Timeline: Construction is slated to start this month, and the goal is to open by mid-December.
Renderings courtesy of Josh Patton