For the rest of January, The Cellar is going to have some competition for its Wednesday crowds, with the launch of Arts and Crafts Wednesdays at The Capital.
The project is a new one for this winter, says co-founder of FeelsGood and a bartender at the Capital, Paul McAllister.
“For the past nine summers, we have had Reggae Night on Wednesdays and that’s hugely successful. In the winter, we didn’t really have anything going on. We used to have a band play for a month then switch it out but that didn’t work and attendance was low. So we got the idea to try this for the winter.”
The cover for the night is “pay what you can” and features Mumble n Merle, who are half of Gordon Gets Lost. Their acoustic, jazzy sounds will accompany the evening’s projects.
“We have a ton of board games for people to play, but people are bringing in their own things. There’s a knitting circle and someone was talking about fly-tying.”
For the Capital, this is something completely new and their first week was a hit.
“By 9 p.m. the bar was filled to the brim with crafters of all kinds. We had people teaching knitting, how to play crib, there was drawing lessons, painting, and the hot drinks were a huge hit.”
Paul has also been given the task to work on and create warm and cozy drinks for the night.
“I’m working on these warm drinks, not Christmas drinks. So mulled wine and mulled cider. And I’ve been working on this hot buttered rum that’s amazing.”
“I had made enough hot buttered rum mix for what I thought would last 3 weeks, but I ran out by 11:30.”