Barhopper: Captain's Attic
06:01 PM, Aug 27, 2013
As crowds teem their way through the East Avenue night, another crew of revelers now gathers on Charlotte Street, one block removed from the noise and elbow-pushing. There, an expansive gravel lot fills with beater Chevys, motorcycles and Cadillacs. Bands unload their kits and ladies in tight-fitting dresses gather for their foray into Captain’s Attic.
Owner Billy Greene opened the place on June 15 to bring the force of party to Rochester’s most avid merrymakers. He focuses on non-stop special events.
“If you’re going to do something, you have to go all the way,” he says. “You have to go big every night of the week.”
And so, the rundown:
Monday: Karaoke night.
Tuesday: Men’s Night with a $9.95 14-ounce steak dinner and $2 beer specials.
Wednesday: Ladies’ Night with buy-one-get-one drinks and a live DJ.
Thursday: Live bands onstage.
Friday: The Buzz happy hour, when 98.9 broadcasts live from the bar from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 98 PXY Club Night, when PXY broadcasts live, with free giveaways and no cover.
Sunday: Open mic night from 3 to 7 p.m.
Inside, the Captain’s Attic layout lives up to this frenzied schedule. Black leather furniture with soft, sloping curves contrast with the hard right angles of stone on the walls amid the bleary shimmer of block glass windows. The bar covers much of the main room, though there is ample seating for dinner-goers looking for a steak, burger or Friday fish fry. The music is loud, and people at the bar sing along in exalted amusement.
Greene turned 25 recently. While earning a business degree at MCC, he worked at bars, day traded online and filled other part-time gigs. But that life wasn’t for him.
“I always wanted to own my own bar,” he says. “I don’t really like working for other people.”
Formerly Eros, a high-end Greek restaurant, the building was available for him to take over in February. Greene added lights, carpet, TVs, and a great deal of nautical decor, from fishnets draped over the bar to the buoys, anchors and ship’s wheels adorning every wall.
Greene’s inspiration stems from bars he frequents in Palm Beach and Daytona Beach. He travels to Florida four or five times a year, and the verve there appeals to him.
“I figured I’d bring some of that Florida feel here,” he says.
And so, most nights find him at the bar, enjoying the never-ending party he created, making sure it never slows down.