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Downtown's Newest Star: The Sidecar

FoodSophie Stauffer
The Sidecar is a separate outdoor bar located on the patio of Wine Down. Weather permitting, The Sidecar is open 7 days a week from 3pm-Close.

The Sidecar is a separate outdoor bar located on the patio of Wine Down. Weather permitting, The Sidecar is open 7 days a week from 3pm-Close.

Trends come and go, but wine is always in fashion! Whether you’re looking for drinks, or a new place to enjoy Downtown Fort Wayne, The Sidecar Patio Bar & Grill on West Jefferson Boulevard is the place for you.

Opened by Wine Down Tastings and Tapas, The Sidecar was made out of a repurposed steel shipping container. Wine Down owner Gary Skeel is hoping to add an additional bar and kitchen area. The bar is 40 feet long and serves slushies in addition to food and a full bar. Skeel found himself in a bar that was designed similarly to Sidecar, and went to Mosaic Building Solutions to bring this new idea to Fort Wayne.

Repurposing is not only good for the environment, but also, it’s good for the cost of starting business. Repurposing the steel shipping container that forms The Sidecar was cheaper than building an entirely new structure. This is a great addition to Wine Down’s recent initiative to recycle.

If you're looking for more Sunday Fun-day options downtown, then look no further! Indulge in The Sidecar's gooey Brunch Burger topped with bacon, Sriracha cheddar, Bloody Mary Ketchup, and a fried egg.

If you're looking for more Sunday Fun-day options downtown, then look no further! Indulge in The Sidecar's gooey Brunch Burger topped with bacon, Sriracha cheddar, Bloody Mary Ketchup, and a fried egg.

Yelp users have rated The Sidecar highly since its opening in July.

If there’s one thing Fort Wayne natives love, it’s outside dining and drinking, and this might just be my new favorite spot to do just that! The atmosphere was lively and casual, and I just loved the downtown views of the city.
— K D.
My group and I really enjoyed ourselves at the Sidecar. It really has a big city feel without big city prices. We LOVED our burgers ... so juicy and flavorful! We sampled a few cocktails and they ranged from super boozy to fruity and refreshing. The atmosphere made it inviting to stay for a couple hours. I’m already looking forward to my next visit ... maybe coming with a group to gather on the sofas by the fire pits!
— L K.

The Sidecar appears to be a permanent addition to the already-bustling downtown Fort Wayne, and will not be driving away any time soon. 

Be sure to check it out before winter! 

Skyline view from the bar rail at The Sidecar

Skyline view from the bar rail at The Sidecar