“Reed & Greenough, a Sophisticated Cocktail Lounge, Shapes Up in the Marina”
Last week, I met up with Paul Owens to learn about what’s in store for his new Marina cocktail lounge, Reed & Greenough (3251 Scott St., 415-290-7377), which is projected to open next week. He tells me the bar will be serving five signature and five classic cocktails, and there will be 10 beers on tap, as well as wines on tap (“We’re trying to be as green as possible,” he says). There will also be about 20 bottles of wines to choose from, ranging from $45 to $100. And the icing on the cake: Reed & Greenough will have an all-day happy hour, Sunday through Wednesday.
The day I visited, the hardwood floors were drying after being sealed, but Owens talked me through the mahogany wood space, which was designed by Kendal Agins of Agins Interiors. To the left, as you enter, will be a long copper bar, which ties into the copper accents in the bar’s exterior window ledges and sign. To the right, there will be an elevated seating area partitioned by a wrought iron fence with a few tables for group socializing; think Elbo Room, with a posh look. “I’ve seen other bars charge $15 for a drink and then have people either sitting in a bar seat or standing, and I don’t think that’s fair,” says Owens, who thinks the seating areas will be the ladies’ choice, while a gaming area in the back will attract the gents. The rear of the bar, which is flanked by two built-in bookcases lit from beneath, will feature dartboards, two pool tables, and “the only 20-foot shuffle puck table in the city.”
To get a better picture of the interiors and hear how it all came together, I gave Agins a ring.
“We envisioned it as a place where you can go back in time. Imagine a swank men’s club in the early 1900s with antique leather sofas where people are drinking whiskey,” she says. Agins scoured antiques stores and flea markets around the world over the course of nine months for the décor, including a leather sofa culled from Atlanta, pieces from England, a billboard from the East Coast, and a map of the Thames River. “I wanted to reference time and give it a sense of history,” she says. Agins also calls it an “ageless” space; “it doesn’t matter your age, you could be 21 or 51, and you’ll still enjoy it.”
As sophisticated as I’m sure it will be, Reed & Greenough will also have a lighthearted attitude. Agins wallpapered the ladies’ room with pages from a 1940s-’50s magazine called Love, which has amusing articles like “How to Keep Your Man on His Toes.” “It has a kitschy love theme,” says Agins, “not romantic love.”
The mix of unique, collected pieces and the vintage atmosphere will surely make Reed & Greenough an intriguing space to spend time and practice your game of eight-ball. There are few, if any, places in the Marina where you can actually sit at a table and enjoy a good cocktail, so it’s a fresh and welcome addition. Owens says, “The neighborhood has been really receptive, and they’re excited about it.” So am I.