Covington's Treehouse-esque Rooftop Bar, Yonder, Opens Saturday

The bar wants to bring the essence of the Gorge to Commonwealth Bistro's rooftop

click to enlarge Yonder - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Inspired by owners Chris and Tess Burns' love of Kentucky State Parks, this new bar concept by the folks behind Covington's Commonwealth Bistro features a chic treehouse-esque rooftop bar with a small rotating menu and craft cocktails.

"Chris and I and our entire team are avid outdoors lovers and we wanted to bring that feeling to the rooftop," explains Tess in an email. "Nestled in the middle of the city, this is a place where you can relax, leave the 9-to-5 behind and enjoy skillful crafted cocktails."

"We worked to capture that feeling you get when you drive down to the Red River Gorge on a Friday night after a long work week — that moment you have a drink and snack in hand, can finally exhale and truly be present with the company of good friends," she adds.

The bar menu, curated by Beverage Director Bryan Harris, features a variety of both alcoholic and spirit-free cocktails, like the High Lonesome, a cold brew coffee-based drink with sarsaparilla-hickory syrup, almond milk and mint.

"As a non-drinker, I wanted a mocktail list that was just as long as the cocktail list, and (Bryan) delivered something beautiful," says Tess. 

In addition to drinks, Yonder will also feature an adventurous weekly rotating menu with locally-sourced ingredients made in the Commonwealth kitchen.

"The ideation of this menu is a little more quick-fire than Commonwealth’s thought-out and curated approach. Small plates lend room for playfulness," Chris says. 

The breezy, plant-filled bar holds approximately 30 guests and features cozy, communal bench seating, hanging rattan chairs and five seats along the bar. 

The bar opens Saturday, June 22 and will be open Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons.

Yonder, 621 Main St., Covington. 

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