I’ve wanted to visit the new tiki bar on the 100 block of Gay Street since it opened in November. The other day, while meeting with our clients over at Johnson Architecture, CEO Daryl Johnson casually mentioned that his firm had worked on the place. I asked if he’d go with me to have a drink there to show me the firm’s handiwork.
Well, that turned into a Johnson Architecture happy hour this past Wednesday night! My colleague Scott Bird and I were lucky enough to be included.
Called the Tern Club, the little place is a delight. You almost can’t help smiling when you are in there. It seats only 40 and is the culmination of a dream for its owners, Jocelyn Morin and Ryan Shanley. (Click here for a News Sentinel story about its opening.)
Johnson Architecture’s Brian Pittman and Eric Bowen worked on the project.”The owners knew what they wanted,” Pittman said. “They were lighthearted, excited and young. And they had a dream.”
The biggest challenge, he said, was figuring out how to get 40 seats into the tiny space. “Believe me, it was not easy!” he laughed.
After adding a bathroom to bring the space up to code, Pittman said the available usable space got even smaller. “I told the owners, ‘It’s going to be cozy!’ Turns out, that was not only OK, it was probably perfect! That’s what the tiki vibe is. I did the whole project with that song, ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’ playing in my head!”
The little place is charming. My friend Scott, who had been there prior to Wednesday, said he views it as “a nice spot to duck into before or after dinner.”
In addition to the creative (and delicious) cocktails, my favorite part is the glassware in which the cocktails are served — mid-century pieces collected at garage and estate sales. They reminded me of glasses my grandmother used to have and they add a perfect funky vibe to Tern Club.
So, check it out when you get a chance. The address is 135 S. Gay St., where Nama and Sugar Mama’s used to be.
Looks so cute we need to go try it.
I forgot about that place! I need to go there. Love the glass your martini was in. I have some friends coming from Atlanta this weekend. This would be a great place to take them. Thanks for the reminder.
Monique: Definitely! After you are fully recovered!
Gay: I think your friends will like it.
I need to go there. Loved seeing all the pics of my architecture peeps!
Wonderful exhibition of our happy little happy hour at Tern Club! Thank you for joining us!
Love the cocktail books
Pamela: Yep! You need to go there!
Danielle: We had a blast with you guys! Thanks for having us!
Melinda: I thought that was a very clever touch.
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