A new bar is coming to Burke Street in the space formerly occupied by Old Winston Social Club.
David Havens, a partner in the new bar, is hoping to open Eastern Standard at 1131 Burke St. by the end of August.
Havens was a partner in Old Winston Social Club years ago but had sold his share in 2017. Havens was in talks with the most recent owners of Old Winston about buying the bar in 2019.
Because of restrictions placed on bars when the pandemic began in 2020, Old Winston closed that March and never reopened. During that time, Havens completed the deal.
Havens is a financial adviser by trade but has always loved the bar business.
“I just love the service industry. And I want to give Winston-Salem a big-city bar experience. We’re taking an opportunity to fill a void in Winston-Salem.”
Havens said he already has hired Peyton Turner to manage the bar, and that the space is being renovated to give it new flooring, paint and lighting.
“We’ll have a cozy fireplace in front,” he said. “From the barstools, the bar top, the lighting — everything is pretty much custom.”
He said that the front windows will be replaced by roll-up garage doors and the bar will have a variety of seating inside. “We’ll have seating for an intimate group or a date night, or a meeting — seating that can satisfy a lot of situations at one time.”
The bar will feature about six beer taps, an in-depth wine list and cocktails. “We put a lot of time and effort into the wine list,” he said. “We’ll have a great variety of bourbon, scotch, high-end tequilas. And we want to focus on cocktails using fresh ingredients, not real sugary — healthy cocktails.”