Retail: Stag’s Head, a bottle shop and bar, coming to Raleigh’s Glenwood South

08/07/2014 8:00 PM

08/07/2014 6:33 PM

Glenwood Avenue’s Amra’s is no more.

Business partners Tracy Hancock and Malachy Noone of Bull McCabe’s in Durham, and Harvey Gray have bought the former longtime cigar bar and lounge and turned it into Stag’s Head, a bottle shop and bar that’s all about its beer selection.

“It is going to be kind of all over the place with some local selections thrown into the mix,” Hancock said. “World of Beer is pretty diverse. When I find something that’s unusual that people should try (we’ll carry it). That’s going to be us.”

Stag’s Head will be split into a bar and a retail space, and will feature 16 taps and have an extensive bottle selection.

The bar will also have a couple of beer engines, which will allow the place to offer a weekly cask beer that’s poured using an English hand pump.

Stag’s Head will use different glassware based on the type of beer being served; for example, pilsner will come in a pilsner glass. Glasses will range in size from a sniffer to a 34-ounce mug.

Hancock, who used to manage Bull McCabe’s and was responsible for that bar’s draft selection, plans to eventually offer about 800 to 1,000 types of bottled beer, but will have only about 500 at the bar’s opening.

“It’s going to be a selection that builds in the course of a couple of weeks,” Hancock said. “It’s limited by how we sort out our shelving.”

That growing selection will include some limited brews that Hancock will feature on social media, along with Bell’s Two Hearted and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen that he hopes to consistently have on tap. But he plans to use social media to alert customers to what’s new and what’s coming.

The bar will also offer eight to 10 wines by the glass, along with ciders that range from “sweet to dry to funky and really interesting,” Hancock said.

Stag’s Head won’t serve food, but Hancock is encouraging customers to bring their own. He’ll have menus handy and is working with nearby restaurants – such as DeMo’s Pizzeria & Deli – to offer delivery service to the bar.

“Snoopy’s is open late,” Hancock said. “We can even try to pair a beer with a hot dog.”

Hancock, who wants to “make the best first impression as possible,” hopes to open the bar Friday, but might push the opening back until later in the weekend, depending on whether the systems, employees and stock are operating smoothly.

The roughly 4,000-square-foot space holds about 200 people and will have couches, chairs and bar seats, and the dark walls of Amra’s have been replaced with bright colors. It will also have an outdoor patio.

“It makes you comfortable and makes you want to be here,” Hancock said.

Stag’s Head is at 106 Glenwood South in Raleigh’s Glenwood South.


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