High St. Hop House, a new beer-and-bourbon-centric joint, is set to open Friday in downtown Akron.
The doors to the place at 20 S. High St., between Rubber City Clothing and the 22 High Street Gallery, will open at 5 p.m., with the bar featuring 18 taps and more than 30 bourbons and whiskeys. Live music will begin at 7 p.m. Acts lined up include guitarist/vocalist Jack Emmerich the 20/20 Lenz Brass Band.
High St. Hop House, in the arts/cultural district downtown that includes the Akron Art Museum, is a small place with seating for about 30. But customers can spill into the Uncorked Wine Bar that is accessible through an inside door.
Operators of High St. Hop House are Will Murphy, 27, and Michael Troppe, 25. Troppe is the son of the owner of Uncorked, Jill Troppe, and Tony Troppe, known for his redevelopment of historic downtown properties.
Tony Troppe is the owner of the 19th century property that houses Hop House, the gallery and Uncorked, as well as the Musica performance venue that is behind the High Street properties.
Michael Troppe and Murphy are longtime friends. Both went to school at Revere High School in Bath Township. After graduating from the University of Akron, Troppe most recently worked at the nearby Blu Jazz+, the jazz club that is owned by Tony Troppe and partners.
Murphy, who also graduated from UA, has worked as a bartender at the Mustard Seed Cafe in Akron's Highland Square neighborhood.
A limited menu is being planned for the High St. Hop House, featuring munchies such as beer-battered cheese sticks, a mesquite-grilled chicken sandwich and a chili made with a "smoky porter," said Jill Troppe, who is developing the menu. The full menu, with about 10 items, probably won't be available until March, she said.
High St. Hop House, in the former We Gallery, has an old-timey look, thanks largely to a wood bar back that dates to the Old Heidelberg bar on South Main Street in downtown Akron. The bar back most recently was at a now-closed bar in the Portage Lakes.
High St. Hop House will be open Tuesday through Saturday.