Bonny’s Hideaway, a new Tiki-influenced concept inspired by the notorious 16th century pirate Anne Bonny, is now open on King Street. The venue incorporates Irish and Caribbean cocktail cultures, including the rich history of rum in Charleston.
The concept was created by Jim McCourt and James Walsh who say the business is an authentic representation of the time and places that define Bonny’s fascinating true story. The duo are also operating partners in the neighboring award-winning Prohibition.
Located at 549 King Street, Bonny’s Hideaway pays homage to one of history’s most daring women with cocktails made with authentic Irish and Caribbean influences, particularly the island of Monteserrat which was heavily settled by the Irish. Bonny’s origins date back to County Cork, Ireland through the waters of South America and the Caribbean, and up to Charleston, South where she is believed to have fled after narrowly escaping execution.
“Anne Bonny was among Charleston’s most devious, fascinating historical figures that broke the mold,” Walsh said. “A true badass, I was inspired by her incredible life story that spanned oceans and defied the restricting rules of that time. Bonny was unapologetically herself, which is the perfect inspiration for this new original concept. Bonny’s Hideaway will feature delicious cocktails that are expertly prepared but not pretentious in an atmosphere that allows you to choose your experience.”
McCourt, whose 25-year cocktail career began in Ireland, has created a cocktail program inspired by the different facets of Bonny’s life. Her early days as a wife and mother are represented by classic cocktails with a subtle Irish nod, including the Dublin Bay Fog Cutter made with Gunpowder Gin, dark rum, lime, orange juice, and almond; the Irish Breakfast Pearl Diver made with Gardenia fat-washed Bushmills, butterscotch, oj, lime juice, maple syrup, and bitters; and a signature Irish Coffee (below right). McCourt’s menu of Tiki cocktails with a twist is inspired by her adventurous life as a pirate. Some of the tiki selections include the Mai Tai finished with a lilikoi foam, a modern twist on a Jungle Bird (above right) made with buttered popcorn-infused dark rum, and a Clarified Singapore Sling. Select cocktails will also be served in large format, shared style fish bowls.
The large space was designed to feel like a mysterious and intimate “hideaway.” Upon entering, guests will find lounge seating in “Bonny’s Bed,” a reserved area set apart by the frame of a large canopy bed. Further back, guests will find designated areas, including the “Bamboo Room” and the “Rum Room,” which are additional spaces for guests to gather.
The venue also includes a collection of sea-inspired artwork, an antique cannon by the front door, a detailed portrait of Bonny herself, Irish whiskey barrels, and more.
The owners say the food menu will complement the cocktail program in its exploration of Bonny’s adventures. Further details on the menus are forthcoming.
Bonny’s Hideaway is located at 549 King Street, which was the former home of King Street Public House. The team at Prohibition bought the space late last year and temporarily transformed it into a Christmas-themed cocktail pop-up.
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