Cellar Door offers upscale hideout

“We have something to say in West Virginia, and I want to prove that, especially when it comes to food.” – James Roach, Cellar Door sous chef

The Cellar Door, a new bar in Huntington, is known for its tapas, cocktails, wine and imports.

The bar is located on Third Avenue, under Le Bistro.

Cellar Door Manager Chris Bolen said they wanted to create a place for shared experiences and found their inspiration for Cellar Door during their travels.

It’s different. It’s something this town needs.

— Chris Bolen, manager

“I think there are a few things that attract people to the Cellar Door,” Bolen said. “First, it’s different. It’s something this town needs. When you come in, you don’t feel like you’re in Huntington. Second, the atmosphere, they spent so much time decorating this place in a way that’s both sophisticated and welcoming. Third, the fact that it’s a tapas, and you can sit at a table with strangers and by the end of the night, you end up making friends.”

“Tapas” is a Spanish word, meaning small dishes that are typically served with drinks at a bar.

Hunter Pratt, a Cellar Door server, said the new bar is great for any kind of night.

“What makes it special is the fact that it’s so accommodating,” Pratt said. “You can get dressed up and come here to get a taste of a classy place with good food, but you can also come here in jeans and sit at the bar with your friends.”

James Roach, the Cellar Door sous chef, also shared some thoughts on some of his favorite things the tapas room has to offer.

“We have something to say in West Virginia, and I want to prove that, especially when it comes to food,” Roach said.

The menu was written by the executive chef, and includes both cold and hot options in seven different categories: beef, pork, chicken, fish, vegetables, cheese and desserts. The menu also contains gluten free and vegetarian options.

The Cellar Door has a cocktail menu listing five of its most popular cocktails.

Bolen said one of the most ordered cocktails is Gin Basil, a refreshing Hendricks and basil over rocks.

Other cocktails on the menu are Railroad Spike, A New Fashioned, Flood of ’47 and Bourbon Ginger.

The Cellar Door is open 4:30 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

There is also a room available to rent for parties.

Karima Neghmouche can be contacted at [email protected].