The speakeasy is in the basement of the Montague Building on East Hargett Street, under the Caffe Luna Italian restaurant. The membership-only bar will open at 4 p.m. Visitors can access the basement via Blount Street.
The 6,000-square-foot space will have three bars featuring curated craft cocktails in addition to standard cocktails.
Memberships can be applied for now at www.wattsandward.com. Dues are $1 cash.
It is owned by Hanley and filmmaker Pat Shanahan.
Hanley’s Hibernian Hospitality Group also owns Hibernian Irish Pub, Raleigh Beer Garden, Dos Taquitos Xoco, The Station, Solas and The Morgan Street Foodhall & Market.
The bar is the latest business to open in the City Market area. Brewery Bhavana just opened a few doors down from Watts & Ward and has a mix of brewed beers, dim sum, flowers and a bookshop.
42 & Lawrence coffee shop opened around the corner at the bottom of the Skyhouse building.
And Cafe Lucarne in City Market is undergoing a transformation to become neighborhood bar, LPM, or Lucarne at Night.
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