Though the site at the corner of Eastport’s Severn Avenue and Sixth Street had been home to a series of previous eateries, new restaurant ownership recognized its potential to showcase a captivating upscale bar and restaurant. A complete reincarnation of the building became the underpinning for Annapolis’ newest “urban chic” eatery, Blackwall Hitch.
A dramatic double-volume entry greets visitors and allows views into the well-appointed spaces within. The lobby is punctuated with an arched wall of etched glass that draws the eye into the pub, and a broad open-tread stair that leads to the rooftop dining above.
In the pub, a curved bar encourages conversation and the opaque glass wall behind the bar is shared with the main dining room, allowing the two spaces to feel both separate and open. Broad expanses of casement windows with transoms allow natural light to flow into the space; on temperate days the wide-opened windows create a celebratory feel. Painted exposed brick throughout evokes the building’s history.
In the main dining room, a marble-topped and intricately tiled oyster bar is a craftsman-like centerpiece. Around the perimeter are three uniquely appointed private dining rooms. Sliding window walls maximize the flexibility, utility and beauty of these additional spaces. In the warmer months, the most coveted seating in the restaurant is on the rooftop deck. The ample, multi-level space is furnished intimately, and revelers tend to linger there, enjoying its unique views of Spa Creek, sailboats, and downtown Annapolis beyond.