Walnut Hills' Comfort Station Transforms a Rest Area into a Hip Cocktail Lounge

The team behind Sundry and Vice has turned the former rest stop into a nightlife destination

click to enlarge Exterior of Comfort Station and main entrance - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Exterior of Comfort Station and main entrance

The team behind Sundry and Vice is opening their latest bar on Friday, June 28 in Walnut Hills.

Comfort Station, located in a former 105-year-old rest area (aka basically a public restroom), has transformed a dilapidated space into an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounging areas.

“A long time in the making, Comfort Station is a passion project that began over four years ago,” says owner Stuart King. “Without the incredible work and dedication of our team and the stakeholders of the community, this amazing space would have never happened.”

click to enlarge Bar interior - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Bar interior

Guests will have the opportunity to choose their own adventure when entering Comfort Station, opting to go through either the Women's or Men's door. 

Head through the bright blue ladies entrance to access the main-floor space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and bathrooms with two-way mirrors to watch the goings-on behind the bar. (You can see out; they can't see in — a perfect location for spying on your date.)

Local The Budding Florist has provided plenty of plant accents to decorate the bar, and created a living plant wall as well.

From the main bar, you can access the back patio — fenced in by wood obtained from King's family farm in Springfield, Ohio — which has multiple seating nooks, including an elevated perch with cushions. 

click to enlarge The Nook at Comfort Station - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Nook at Comfort Station

Although original plans called for Comfort Station to include daytime hours with co-working access, those plans have been nixed (including the coffee program) but the bar seating still offers USB and electric outlets.

Then, opening later this year, the entrance through the Men's door will lead guests to an eight-seater basement cocktail lounge. According to a release, "Dimly lit, the subterranean level intimates the pleasures and vices often associated with nighttime revelry and good-natured mischief." (Guys, amiright?) The downstairs bar will be available for private parties and tastings, as well as regular drinking.

click to enlarge Why Not Elope: lime, cantaloupe, Campari, simple syrup, white rum - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Why Not Elope: lime, cantaloupe, Campari, simple syrup, white rum

“Comfort Station is a unique opportunity for us as we have two distinct spaces under one roof,” says General Manager Jack Keane. “Our team worked together to create cocktails that would match both settings: the lightness of upstairs versus that darker, primal nature of the downstairs venue.”

Comfort Station is located at 793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. 

 

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