Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Creative Air at the Sinclair? Owners Hope New Nightspot Will Draw Musicians, Artists

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Creative Air at the Sinclair? Owners Hope New Nightspot Will Draw Musicians, Artists

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Byline: LAURA CAPITANO

"This place is great!" insisted a text message from a friend scouting out the spanking new Sinclair lounge downtown. "It's like a speakeasy!" she continued. Upon that comparison, I hit the road to meet her.

Clearly, speakeasy has illegal connotations, but if we could amend the definition to mean a tucked-away watering hole by the bus station you'd likely never know about unless some hipster insider brought you as her guest, then the Sinclair would qualify.

Parking is refreshingly plentiful for a downtown spot and The Sinclair's entrance is subtle - an unmarked black door and no front sign, save for a stylized "S" on the window. Inside, the old-time theme comes through thanks to touches like an antique cash register, player piano and artwork featuring early 20th century writers. Renovations to the bar and woodwork have been so extensive that not a single red skull remains from the space's Voodoo Lounge era.

Before the 1901 fire, the building had been a slaughterhouse, said Sinclair co-owner Maya Adkins. So she and her business partner Brennan Hamill made the connection to Upton Sinclair, author of the meat packing expose "The Jungle," and a name was born.

The Sinclair had a soft opening, but its grand entrance to the scene is slated to coincide with August's First Wednesday Art Walk. "Both the owners come from creative backgrounds," Sinclair manager Chris Farrell explained, "so we're really hoping to create a place where artists and musicians can network."

As the nightspot is so new, they haven't gotten their entertainment calendar organized yet, so it's mostly DJ music and iPod playlists throughout this month. Come August, Farrell promised the club's corner stage will come alive with bands, sketch comedy groups, theatrical productions, live painting and art shows. …

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