New Downtown Bar Focuses on Cocktails and Hospitality

Cary, NC – In the growing Midtown Square section of Downtown Cary, a new bar is hoping to become a neighborhood destination with a focus on balanced cocktails and hospitality.

Creating a Neighborhood Bar

SideBar, located on East Chatham Street in between Pizzeria Faulisi, Bond Brothers Beer Company and Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café, is planning to open this February. Owner Matthew Bettinger said he has worked with cocktails for the past seven years and while SideBar will have wine and 10 faucets for draft beers, it will be focused on spirits.

“I want to give cocktails their proper credit,” Bettinger said. “I’m trying to build a neighborhood bar – the ultimate third place people can go that isn’t their home or their work.”

To Bettinger, treating cocktails properly means a focus on balance.

“Every situation has the right drink for it and it’s about meeting that need,” Bettinger said. “It’s also about serving a quality product and an appreciation for hospitality.”

That hospitality is what Bettinger said he wants SideBar and his employees to focus on first, even before making a quality drink.

“We want them to know it’s all about the customer in front of them,” Bettinger said. In addition to being the owner, Bettinger will also be working behind the counter, mixing and serving drinks.


Fitting Into Downtown Cary

Bettinger said Downtown Cary appealed to him as a location because of its size and how the town has managed its development.

“With the breweries and restaurants, it’s creating a walkable downtown,” he said.

Right now, Bettinger said Downtown Cary feels like a place where “the best stuff happens.” He also said SideBar will fit in well with other bars currently downtown.

“They put out a great product, as will we,” he said. “Downtown is vibrant and we want to be apart of that.”


Story by Michael Papich. Photos courtesy of SideBar.