BLUE HILL, Maine — It was Jill Clendenen’s birthday on Wednesday. She had cupcakes, people drinking drinks and about a month as a bar owner under her belt.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but the first few weeks of operating The Brick Block, his new cocktail bar and lounge in downtown Blue Hill, have been a thrill for Clendenen.
With a menu of rotating cocktails, local beers and wines, Clendenen hopes to give people a place to socialize at a time of night when most places on the peninsula are closed.
“It makes me so happy and proud to really provide a cool place for people to hang out,” Clendenen said on Wednesday, which has become informally known as “queer night” at the bar.
The Brick Block, one of the few night spots on the Blue Hill Peninsula, is housed in an 1830 building across from Blue Hill Harbor. In 192 years, the property hosted an auto repair shop, post office, hotel and boat building business.
Clendenen had a front row seat to people kicking tires there, as his eclectic retail space, Moyo Boutique, is in the same building. Someone had an idea for a wine bar, another was interested in a restaurant for breakfast and lunch.
But neither worked, so Clendenen pitched the owner his idea for a bar and lounge.
She officially opened the bar last month, and if you’ve ever been to Moyo, you can tell the Brick Block is run by the same person. The boutique vibe spills into the living room, and boutique merchandise is also set up in the bar. The setting is more of a cozy lounge than a stylish cocktail lounge.
Several of the items, such as pillows, books, glasses and other bric-a-brac, are for sale in the bar, and if things are slow, Clendenen will take customers to the shop for shopping afterwards. opening hours.
Although it is a welcoming and playful space, it is still a bar and definitely for adults. There’s a “WAP” neon sign next to the bar for all the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion fans and another with the F-word.
But it’s still for the young at heart. Cornhole and a giant four-in-a-line game are set up on the living room terrace.
The Brick Block plans to be open year-round, and Clendenen hopes to set up quizzes or paint-and-sip nights to give the community something to do during the colder months.
Several patrons there on Wednesday night said they appreciated having a small, laid-back bar where they could stay late.
“Everybody said, ‘What time are you open? Are you going to be open after 8? said Clenenden with a laugh. “I think people kind of crave that.”