While walking through Capitol Hill, it was hard for me to miss the dazzling lighting and upscale ambience of the new kid in town, Hudson Hill. Under the design and vision of New York native, Jake Soffes, Hudson Hill is an experience that is like a home away from home, and surprisingly, the East Village-inspired joint fits right into the bohemian vibe of the neighborhood.
Just across the street from Capitol Hill, staples such as Benny Blanco’s Pizza and Wax Trax Record Shop, Hudson Hill is introducing a new aesthetic to the community, which is very welcomed. Who doesn’t love revamped classic cocktails, a mouthwatering selection of cheeses and nibbles (they even feature an adult-style gourmet grilled cheese) and a vast vinyl collection that spins all night?
“It’s all a very comprehensive experience,” says Soffes, “But really, what it comes down to is creating that environment where you’re really just able to enjoy your interaction with whoever you’re spending time with.”
The cozy leather seating, lofty exposed ceilings and glowing lights attract new patrons and already-established regulars nightly.
Soffes sandblasted rafters and stripped away sheet rock to expose 110-year-old brick. He went with a mid-century modern look with refreshing pioneer elements like his collection of Navajo rugs that are on display. When all is said and done, the comfortable hangout was born.
“I wanted this place to feel like you were coming home when hanging out,” says Soffes, “like in your living room.”
The cocktail names are a fun homage to his Denver and New York roots, the beer list includes seasonal and special release brews, and the wine, well, it’s a wine and cocktail joint so they know what’s good.
“You’re not going to get a list and be intimidated by it,” says Soffes.
Standouts include the creamy tequila and coconut offering called The Green Hour (yes, it’s very green), and don’t forget to ask about the daily cocktail and album pairing. During my visit I enjoyed the Bonita Apple Brandy and Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest. All of my senses were satisfied.
Soffes can be found personally chatting with loungers while the turntables spins its tunes. Sitting at the Douglas fir table or at the bar, the experience is louder than words: a solid drink and cosmopolitan comfort.