Inside the box
Open Container may be your new favorite summer hangout.
Open Container, the newest offering from the folks behind Hodges Bend and the Saturn Room, sits atop downtown’s newest retail spot, the Boxyard (502 E. Third St.), with an expansive view of the downtown skyline.
It’s likely to be another scorching summer, so you’ll want to get to Open Container before the sun goes full bore on its patio. The navy blue metal shipping containers that make up the Boxyard create a warm atmosphere as it is, and with the bartenders facing the setting sun, the earlier you go, the better. They do have umbrellas, but it’s a popular (and small) spot. Tables fill up quickly.
Expect to hear your favorite Beatles, Beach Boys and other nostalgic or current top hits. And if that’s not sweet enough for you, or you need more help beating the heat, Rose Rock Microcreamery — specializing in small-batch ice cream — is just around the bend on the Boxyard’s second level.
When I visited Open Container, I had a gin and tonic and my partner a tequila and soda — both with lime, both the right amount of refreshing on a hot afternoon. My mistake was not asking for bitters to be added to the G&T. It’s a good addition to a classic drink — simple, but it makes all the difference.