Photos by Ben Wentzel
Char & Stave has the potential to become the hot new ticket in the Main Line’s beverage scene, with coffee by day and cocktails by night.
It’s not often that you can go to one destination for both coffee and a martini. Located in Ardmore, Char & Stave, a full-service café by day and cocktail bar by night, launches a whole new array of specials and fun events to make going out for a drink an unforgettable experience on the Main Line.
Three months after its grand opening ceremony in March, Char & Stave is ready to roll out its new happy hour specials. These include deals such as $3 off all Drips and Drams, $9 Highballs, 50% off all flights, 25 % off all pastries and much more rotating weekly.
When asked about the inspiration for such a unique concept, Jared Adkins, the founder of Char & Stave explains, “The name Char & Stave comes from the barrels we use for aging our bourbon and, now, coffee. The stave is one of the 21 pieces of oak that make up a barrel, and the char is the inside layer of the barrel which holds the residual vanilla, bourbon and spice notes, so that’s where the name comes from.”
He further elaborates that he felt very comfortable around the nightlife industry and was excited to take on a new task and venture in the café.
“By launching Char & Stave, we’re now equally as exposed to the morning crowd and cafe lifestyle,” says Adkins. “It’s been really fun to take what we already know and mold it as we slowly but surely master the coffee game.”
In addition to all the new beverages, Char & Stave will be hosting weekly Quizzo nights every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Grab a group of friends and participate in various trivia ranging from pop culture to history while enjoying tasty alcoholic beverages.
“During weekly Quizzo night,…coffee, booze and trivia lovers are invited join us for friendly competition for a chance to win Char & Stave gift card prizes, redeemable for cocktails, bottles of Bluebird Distilling spirits and bags of Char & Stave coffee,” says Adkins.
Every other Thursday from 8-10 p.m., aspiring poets should come by for poetry open mic nights for mutual inspiration, the opportunity to share their work and, of course, the killer coffee and cocktails. The next session is on August 25.
Guests who find themselves passing through the area are in for a treat when stopping by Char & Stave. Main Line residents should keep their eyes peeled because, as far as the future of the company goes, Atkins says they are looking to other Main Line towns to establish the next location.