There have been a number of great new bars to open this year with a few more to come — everyone’s looking forward to 16 Bit Bar & Arcade launching later this summer — and Little Rock is the latest. Quinn Fallon, former co-owner of Andyman’s Treehouse with the late great Andrew Davis, knows a thing or two about running a beloved watering hole.
Little Rock appropriately keeps things simple, fitting in nicely as a neighborhood bar in the Italian Village. The bar has some nice renovations, from the tin ceiling and retrofitted wood walls to the welcoming patio on the side of the building, but there’s nothing over-the-top. Little Rock even carries a piece of the past with the famed Elvis lamp from Andyman’s Treehouse looking down from a high shelf.
The two most immediate aspects that will be winning crowds over are the beer and the music. Fallon, frontman of local band Los Gravediggers, also knows a thing or two about good tunes. He hand-selected 75 of his own CDs to use in the jukebox — the classic version with full albums that’s all too rare these days. George Jones and The Rolling Stones pairing with newer outfits like The Gaslight Anthem and Weezer give a good indication of the juke’s collection of rock throughout the ages.
“I picked [music] that I want to hear in a place like this. If somebody is super offended or disappointed by my selection, they’re probably not going to like the bar anyway,” Fallon said.
On the beer side, Little Rock features 30 drafts with something for everyone — a wealth of good crafts ($4-$5) and PBR ($2.25) for the thrifty — to go with an applauded daily happy hour from 4-8 p.m. On Friday happy hours, local musicians like Colin Gwel, Joe Peppercorn and even Fallon himself will play intimate acoustic sets.
“There’s no room for drums and with the tin ceilings it would really be cacophonous to do a traditional band in here,” Fallon said.
Little Rock isn’t going for something high concept, just a good place to grab a drink, hang out with friends and listen to some good music. What more do you need?
Photo by Jodi Miller