On The Town

New lounge, Willow, opens in Fells Point

A new Latin-inspired lounge opens in Fells Point.

By Jess Mayhugh | July 18, 2012, 9:30 am

On The Town

New lounge, Willow, opens in Fells Point

A new Latin-inspired lounge opens in Fells Point.

By Jess Mayhugh | July 18, 2012, 9:30 am

Get Baltimore Daily.

Sign up today and you'll get our latest stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday afternoon.

Yesterday I got a chance to stop by Willow, a new lounge that officially opened in Fells Point on Friday. Brought to you by the same people who opened RYE and Stuggy's, Willow is also located on the 800 block of South Broadway.

The name (which was chosen because of willow trees' resilient and independent qualities) also reflects the organic feeling decor of the place—all earthtone accents and beautiful sage-colored walls. The former Sam's Kid space is well transformed with community tables in the front (seating 10-12 people), a Spanish tiled, teardrop-shaped bar, and a striking lounge upstairs—complete with fireplace and retro furniture (some salvaged from 1920's Guilford mansions).

The concept of Willow, as described to me by co-owner Ryan Perlberg, is an "infusion lounge." The drink menu heavily relies on house-made infusions (crafted by RYE and Willow bar manager Doug Atwell): think rhubarb vodka, jalapeño tequila, and blackberry bourbon. The menu also includes abbreviations, which are $7 shot drinks, a concept brought over from RYE.

The cuisine consists of casual Latin fare like mix-and-match tacos, quesadillas, nachos, and taco salad and includes proteins like Korean BBQ, vegan chorizo, smoked lamb, and pork adobo. Perlberg points out that the menu is almost entirely gluten-free.

Judging from opening weekend (the lounge was packed both Friday and Saturday) and the success of the other two Broadway businesses, Willow is sure to be a hit for customers who want innovative cocktails and affordable food in a beautiful atmosphere.

[Images: courtesy of Willow]




Meet The Author
Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.

You May Also Like

Food & Drink

Small World

Small batch products are bigger than ever.

Food & Drink

Beer Me

October is officially the month for cold beers in Baltimore and beyond.

Food & Drink

Review: Minnow

Minnow’s seafood dazzles in Riverside.


In Good Taste

Fork & Wrench Hosts Chef Competition Series Benefitting Hurricane Relief

Area chefs come together to battle it out for a good cause.

Food & Drink

The Secret Life of Bees

Local honey is the bee’s knees.

Food & Drink

Friendsgiving Feast

Raise a glass to the old and the new—start an epic tradition with friends closest to you!

Connect With Us

Most Read


Our Picks for the Best Fall Arts Events
The fall creative calendar is bursting with concerts, exhibits, and theatrical happenings.

The Gringo's Guide to Tacos
Charm City's taco scene comes into its own.

Hit the Nail on the Head
South Baltimore tool nonprofit celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Small World
Small batch products are bigger than ever.

Black Magic
Activated charcoal is the latest trend in beauty products.