Best Of 2017

Best Store In A Bar: Matt Joy

Best Store In A Bar

Helmed by Cheapside Café co-owners Joe and Robin Creighton and Jon Mouch, Mecca OTR is a cool new bar reminiscent of a place you’d stumble upon in Alphabet City in the 1970s. With a giant patio area and hidden entrance, the bar gets its name from the former Cincy saloon where Boss Cox had his office. Along with an odd but entertaining cocktail menu of tiny booze bottles stuffed into cans of San Pellegrino and absinthe shots, the interior has multiple single-person bathrooms designed by different artists and its own vintage shop. Mecca is home to the only storefront location for DJ and collector Matt Joy’s highly prized vintage finds. Joy’s shop — which appears to be but is not the window-lined front entrance to the bar — features a handful of his treasures with an emphasis on Americana, including Pendleton blankets, denim vests, buffalo check jackets, leather boots and interesting estate sale artwork. Joy’s shop is open 4-8 p.m. on days when the bar is open. Mecca OTR, 1429 Walnut St., Downtown, facebook.com/meccaotr.