Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer
May17

Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Despite its harsh winters, Fort Wayne’s restaurants are abundant in outdoor seating.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab your plates and glasses and dine outside.  Here are some of our favorite local patio picks! The Deck Ask anyone in Fort Wayne where they go to eat outside, and the majority will point to The Deck first.  It’s practically a Fort Wayne icon, located just across the river from the Old Fort in the parking lot of Don Hall’s Old Gas House.  If you’re heading there most nights and weekends, you can expect a wait, but they’ve expanded the bar so it’s easy to grab a drink while you do. View this post on Instagram Who is ready for summer to be here?!? #gettothedeck 📷 @downtownfortwayne A post shared by The Deck at the Gas House (@hallsdeck) on Feb 5, 2018 at 7:50am PST  Wine Down and O’Reilley’s Okay, we know there’s two listed here, but these patios are awesome because they both offer incredible views of Parkview Field.  Go to either for drinks or dinner during a home game and watch the TinCaps in action. View this post on Instagram The patio view at our Downtown Fort Wayne location, beautiful! A post shared by O'Reilly's Irish Bar (@oreillysirishbar) on Nov 3, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT Sidecar Want to take a tropical vacation in your own community?  The Sidecar (of Wine Down) is the place to be.  While it’s not quite yet open this season, they’ve been getting us excited about their outdoor tiki bar on social media.  You won’t want to miss it! View this post on Instagram ☀️ Its 🙌 Almost 🌋 That 🌺 Time 🍍 Of 🎋 The 🍌 Year 🗿 A post shared by Sidecar (@sidecarfw) on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:07am PDT Three Rivers Distilling Company One of the newer kids on Fort Wayne’s block, Three Rivers Distilling Company, has an impressive new patio this season.  It’s one of the roomier patios in town, and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows continue the outdoor feeling even when you’re seated indoors.  Don’t miss their Summer Patio Nights with $5 frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9pm. View this post on Instagram We love sharing this spring weather on our outdoor patio with you! #FortWayne A post shared by Three Rivers Distilling Co. (@threeriversdistillingco) on Apr 27, 2018 at 8:56pm PDT Lunch on the Square While not technically a patio, we still wanted to include Lunch on the Square in Freimann Square for its glorified outdoor dining experience.  Local food trucks and music performances vary each week, but the positive energy is always sunny and...

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Top 7 Bars for The Best Bros Night Ever
Aug29

Top 7 Bars for The Best Bros Night Ever

Work is over, the week is done, and now it’s time to loosen that tie and unwind with your guys. After a hectic work week, we at Living Fort Wayne can understand wanting to rage for the weekend. Here are some bars that have been carefully selected to ensure a great night out with the bros! Corner Pocket Located down the street from IPFW’s campus, this makes it a great place to catch a brew right after classes are over. $5.00 long islands/beaches and $2.75 domestics on Friday and Saturday nights. With frequent live music and a pool hall to enjoy, Corner Pocket has everything you need to scratch that college party itch. O’Sullivan’s Catch the game or a few adult drinks. This place is known for their pizza, cheap (and generous) drinks, and overall raggle-taggle atmosphere. If one of the stops is here, just get the pizza. Don’t ask questions, just get the pizza. Your crew will not regret it. Columbia Street West Talk about a great time in a spacious, fun bar and you’ve got Columbia Street West! Wednesday and Thursday nights they have $1 domestic longnecks and 2$ Coronas & Modelos! Weekends are filled with a live DJ ready for you to bust a move on the dance floor. The Deck at the Gas House Overlooking the St. Mary’s River, The Deck has the best summer atmosphere you can get in Fort Wayne. They have an amazing beer selection as well as top-notch cocktails that will leave you feeling satisfied and probably not able to drive. This place reaches maximum bro around 11PM-1AM, so plan accordingly. Rudy’s Cigar Shop A one of a kind place that serves up beer, wine slushies and cigars! Grab a stogy, head out to their cozy beer garden, and sit around a fire with your friends while enjoying Rudy’s selection of beer and wine. Did I mention that they serve Debrand’s Chocolate as well? Tower Bar & Grill I’ve heard from many sources that this place offers the best wings in town, and the rumor is so true. You deserve it, the guys deserve it, get those wings and pile them high. Shamelessly devour them devoid of any napkins until the end. The wings are so good that I would literally cater them for my wedding. Summit City Brewerks Friday and Saturday nights here are becoming increasingly popular, and how can it not when Summit City Brewerks offers half off bottles of wine on Fridays and live music on Saturdays? Wanting to start the weekend a little early? Summit City also has a half-off house pint night on Thursdays! I would also...

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Mitchell’s Sports & Neighborhood Grill: Your New Game Day Hotspot
Jul20

Mitchell’s Sports & Neighborhood Grill: Your New Game Day Hotspot

  Looking for a new place to watch the game? Look no further. Mitchell’s Sports and Neighborhood Grill is like Buffalo Wild Wings on steroids. From the food, to the arcade and HD flat screens, to the craft beer, there are numerous reasons to check this local place out. With the above in mind, let me give you some context. The restaurant was originally opened in 2010. However, a fire damaged the building, and the restaurant consequently closed. Now, Mitchell’s has been recreated at a new location and is better than ever. So, allow me to sum things up for you. Here are the top three reasons you should try Mitchell’s Sports and Neighborhood Grill:   1.       The Food Since their rebuilding, Mitchell’s has added to and improved their menu. They even offer various vegan items so this would be a great place for veg-lovers and meat-eaters to come together! 2.       The Beer Choose from one of Mitchell’s 50 ice-cold bottled brews or from one of their 10 rotating craft beer taps. Mitchell’s also offers their signature lager, a 16 oz. pint for two dollars. Additionally, the bartenders are fantastic at making several refreshing mixed drinks, including a Moscow Mule. I recommend the latter! 3.       The Entertainment Mitchell’s has an arcade, pool, darts, 45 HD flat screens, and a 20 foot jumbo screen for viewing games. It is important to note, in addition to having two fully-stocked bars, Mitchell’s is family-friendly with something to keep kids and adults entertained. So, where is this place? It is located at the intersection of West Jefferson Boulevard and Getz Road. Just a fair warning, it is a little hidden by some construction. Though, it shouldn’t be hard to find if you use your maps app. Overall, from the food, to the beer, to the entertainment, Mitchell’s has it all. Come check them out next time you’re looking for a place to watch the...

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The Golden Fort Wayne Prepares for a Bright Debut
Jan28

The Golden Fort Wayne Prepares for a Bright Debut

Wine is great with dinner and beer always brings people together. But there’s something magical about a handcrafted cocktail. In a single sip, a cocktail can transport you to another time and place. It can take you back to a memorable vacation, put you in the middle of a movie scene, or channel a moment decades before your time. Thankfully, a cocktail is no longer just a slug of liquor, shot from the soda gun and a splash of Rose’s syrup. The modern (yet classically inspired) cocktail scene forgoes mixers for mixology, harkening to a time when speakeasies creatively disguised bathtub gin with fruits, herbs and sugar syrups – and the “cats” on both sides of the bar were “dressed to the nines.” Making these handcrafted cocktails is more of a culinary process, as carefully chosen flavors come together to create something that’s are entirely distinct from its individual parts. So when Aaron Butts and Sean Richardson (then head chef and sous chef at Joseph Decuis, respectively) caught the mixology bug, their culinary background fit the bill. Before long – along with Aaron’s wife and then Joseph Decuis manager and sommelier Carmen McGee – Aaron and Sean launched The Golden, a pop-up cocktail bar that made periodic appearances at local events. The Golden pop-ups began in June 2014, as fun side project and way to stretch the team’s creativity outside of the kitchen. But last month, Aaron, Sean and Carmen announced their plans to turn The Golden from pop-up to brick-and-mortar – with a full-fledged bar and restaurant inside the under-construction Ash Brokerage Building. The announcement generated buzz right from the start. After 15 years at Joseph Decuis, Aaron and Carmen have built a loyal following and a reputation for the region’s best farm-to-fork menu and perfectly paired wine list. During that time, Aaron, Carmen and their Joseph Decuis crew earned multiple accolades from the James Beard Foundation, including two guest kitchen stints at the James Beard House. So it goes without saying that The Golden’s menu will shine as brightly as its libations. Whether they’re in the kitchen or behind the bar, the team doesn’t cut corners. Their inspired and from-scratch ingredients give Old Fashioneds a new vibe and bring Sazaracs back to their roots. As the team prepares and their friends and fans wait patiently (mouths watering), I talked to Aaron, Carmen and Sean about their plans and vision for The Golden. Q: What attracted you to bartending? Why craft cocktails? Aaron: Bartending has seen a resurgence in popularity as “new” old drinks were gaining attention. Customers are learning that not all gins are the same and a proper daiquiri is not a frozen...

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Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life
Dec11

Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life

At first I wasn’t sure what to say about downtown living that you wouldn’t already know. After all, unlike some parts of the city, you probably drive through my ‘hood on a daily or weekly basis. And yes, living in the heart of the city has its perks. Lots of them. But like any neighborhood, life as an urban dweller also comes with unexpected – and sometimes unwanted – realities. After more than four years of calling the 46802 home, I think I’ve gotten a taste of it all – good, bad, awesome and otherwise. In some cases, the biggest benefits also come with unexpected bummers. If you’re considering moving to the middle of it all, here’s what I love (and don’t) about downtown living. 1. You can walk or bike to your favorite watering holes. (And to restaurants, coffee shops, yoga classes, juice bars, a movie theater and everywhere else.) Feeling like a late nightcap? Walk a few minutes to your favorite pub. Want to catch the latest indie film? Cinema Center is right around the corner. Out of coffee? Run down the way for a double latté. As for dinner, the options are endless. When you don’t feel like cooking, you can grab carryout and sip an apéritif while you wait. If you live downtown, you’ll be on a first-name basis with your favorite bartenders and bar rail “regulars.” And if you end up a wee bit over served, no worries. You’ll have to pay the tab, but you won’t have to pay for an Uber (or a lawyer). 2. You’ll never need to search or pay for parking. There’s long list of events that beckon people downtown. Baseball games. Wedding receptions. Concerts. Comedy shows. Races. Festivals. As the poor suburbanites feed the meter and circle the block 12 times to find a spot, you will be blissfully strolling by on the sidewalk. Even on foot, you’re almost guaranteed to get there faster – and you’ll get a little fresh air and exercise in the process. 3. You can get (almost) anywhere in 15 minutes or less. Since I moved downtown, I’ve worked in five different Allen County zip codes. But no matter what, I’ve always been able to get to work in 10-20 minutes. Sure, the 6 p.m. rush hour sometimes slows down the commute home. But in my mind, creeping down a city street is better than braving the suburban insanity of I-69. 4. You’re likely to be perennially renting. But you’ll enjoy the benefits of low-maintenance living. Downtown real estate options are growing, but so are the price tags. You’ll see an occasional “For Sale” sign, but...

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