Something new this way comes! In the heart of the summer, downtown will welcome Commonwealth to the corner of East Fremont and Sixth Street. The two-story venue presents, says partner and local businessman Michael Parks, “a mixture of snooty English country home, distressed Boston pub and an urban rooftop garden.”
The bar’s name evokes the mission of the owners, who include Vegas Seven publishers Justin Weniger and Ryan Doherty and Brio managing partner Kenna Warner. Partly inspired by Doherty’s Massachusetts upbringing, “the name speaks more to the very definition of the word: for the good of the community,” Parks says. “We want to be part of the downtown story. A classic cocktail bar is timeless, and we feel that particular city block has some amazing momentum right now.” Not a place for pint-gazing, but rather for face-to-face socializing, “a lost dynamic these days,” Parks says.
The former retail space will be transformed by a design that retains the charm of exposed original brick and wood beams. A long main bar dominates downstairs and features at its center a vintage stuffed albino peacock, Commonwealth’s patron saint, of sorts.
Leather and wood seating surrounds while two stairwells lead up to the rooftop deck, which is a structure unto itself, suspended above the original building’s roof and festooned with carnival lights, a DJ booth and a second bar—6,000 total square feet.
And since glass is verboten at downtown’s first rooftop party space, in keeping with the Prohibition-era feel of the place, bartenders will serve all drinks, from wine (on tap!) to cocktails, in humble tin camping cups. For the good of the commonwealth.
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