In 1983 when former Raleigh Mayor, Avery C, Upchurch came home after a long day of …mayoring (or whatever it is that mayors do), I’m willing to bet he found a comfy seat and a refreshing beverage to unwind with while spinning a record that struck a chord in his soul. Little would he know that over 30 years later his humble abode at 605 Glenwood would serve the local creative community in the same fashion it did him. Brooklyn Heights has always been the place to be yourself and unwind.
Author Guy Finley once said, “Every relationship that we have in our lives – our contact with each person, place, and event – serves a very special, if yet to be realized purpose: They are mirrors that can serve to show us things about ourselves that can be realized in no other way.” In the 8 years since Brooklyn Heights opened for business it has provided a reflection point for those that faithfully frequent the establishment. Owner Jason Howard takes a lot of pride in watching patrons become friends and friends grow into successful creatives in Raleigh. A lot of local DJs got their feet wet on his dance floor and have since grown to rise in the ranks of success. He has watched people meet to hash out hare-brained schemes for innovative project only to watch them grow into successful businesses. He has been witness to couples meeting for the first time in his courtyard only to blossom into beautiful families with children. As the years have continued to tick by and Glenwood South has become overrun with fist-pumps and top 40 fads the soul of Brooklyn Heights has remained intact along with the integrity that populated this cozy home-turned-bar at its inception.
While the soul remains firmly intact there have been some recent modifications to the outdoor areas. The fire pits and bench seating have been a welcome addition especially during the frozen tundra of mid-February. There is also a fresh new mural from local graffiti heavy-hitter Victor Knight on the back deck.
The places we choose to spend time in can be as important as the people we choose to spend time with. In this respect Brooklyn Heights will always be a friend we can count on for a comfy seat, a refreshing beverage, and good music for the soul.