‘Speakeasy’ opens doors on Mass Ave

The Exchange Whiskey Bar opened Oct. 7

The historic Hammond Block building – a flatiron structure at the southern end of Mass Ave – has a lively new tenant described as a “speakeasy-style bar.”

The Exchange Whiskey Bar opened its doors at 301 Mass Ave on Oct. 7, offering more than 180 whiskeys and craft cocktails. A menu of wine, beer, and a small selection of food items will be available. Guests will be able to snack on charcuterie plates, deviled eggs and house-made chips and dips.

The bar is owned and operated by Prime Hospitality Group, which also owns and operates seven Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations.

“The Exchange Whiskey Bar brings a new atmosphere to Mass. Ave.,” said Kristy Rans, owner and president of Prime Hospitality Group. “This isn’t just a whiskey lover’s destination; it’s a place for anyone who wants to unwind in a speakeasy-style environment with a sophisticated cocktail menu and historic feel.”

The new bar occupies 3,200 square feet on the ground floor and basement of one of Mass Ave’s oldest original buildings. Hours are being determined by current COVID-19 guidelines.