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The Opera Room

The Opera Room Unique bar away from the squalor of Front St. Friendly bartenders, great regulars and zero cliquey attitude. Promoting the "darker" arts, music, film and canvas.

Showcasing a variety of creepy B movies, skateboard flicks and plenty of unusual art.

Culinary Team: EJ, Nick, John, Staci, Sandy, Paul and Cory

Operating as usual

Matinee Monday TONiGHT! 🎢*Myles Manley from Ireland (folk pop) *Owen Casey  from Chicago (emo pop) *Nice Derek local fav...
02/21/2022

Matinee Monday TONiGHT!
🎢
*Myles Manley from Ireland (folk pop)
*Owen Casey from Chicago (emo pop)
*Nice Derek local fav (power pop)
🀍
Doors at 6
$5
Show starts promptly at 7pm.
Don't forget IDs and membership cards.
Tip yer bartender.

12/21/2021

Looking for some help at the bar. Give a holla in dms if you're friendly, kooky, honest and interested.

Thankfully, we will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day.
11/25/2021

Thankfully, we will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day.

10/31/2021

Tonight!!

10/30/2021
Join us TONIGHT for another Swampera Room Reading Series. A creative writing open-mic hosted by @wannderful (and her MFA...
10/18/2021

Join us TONIGHT for another Swampera Room Reading Series. A creative writing open-mic hosted by @wannderful (and her MFA program). EVERYONE in the community is welcome. Come listen, or read you're prose, fiction, poetry (7 minutes or less). πŸ–€ No racist, homophobic or sexist spewing. πŸ–€ Doors open at 6.

08/18/2021

πŸ˜·πŸ–€Mask mandate in effect at Opera Room. Must be worn by all members, guests and staff when indoors, not seated with their group. Please message me with issues instead of hassling staff.πŸ–€πŸ˜·

This month's Mantinee Monday will be a creative writing, open mic, reading room series. Come by! Bar will be open 7-11pm...
08/17/2021

This month's Mantinee Monday will be a creative writing, open mic, reading room series. Come by! Bar will be open 7-11pm.

Still hiring... Also, Opera Room ain't feeling so willy nilly, quite yet. Masks are still required indoors, when not sea...
05/15/2021

Still hiring...
Also, Opera Room ain't feeling so willy nilly, quite yet. Masks are still required indoors, when not seated and we will keep our capacity at 1/2 for the time being.
Our toes are barely wet and we need to ease back into this hot bath, hire some folks and get comfortable before we can properly be the cozy, creepy, dive we remember. Thank you for understanding.
PS: This does not mean we are communists (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Jack is posted up behind the bar at Opera Room tonight (& every Sunday) till midnight. He'll also (almost always) have a...
03/21/2021

Jack is posted up behind the bar at Opera Room tonight (& every Sunday) till midnight. He'll also (almost always) have a grip of records & books from The Fuzzy Needle with him too. So come thru, say hey, grab a drink and browse his wares. β™‘

01/17/2021

Had a lot of fun at Bottega last night. Wanted to thank Creekwood Adjacent and Frank The Ghost for playing and everyone that donated. Such a fun night despite my back being wrecked.
Today... I can not move so will not be opening the Opera Room. Need a few days of ibuprofen, ice and heat. Tomorrow Maddie works and Tuesday Matt. I should be better to open Wenesday.

$2 shots of Fireball tonight AND TOMORROW.It's about all we've got to send out this sh*t ball of fire that was 2020.. He...
12/31/2020

$2 shots of Fireball tonight AND TOMORROW.

It's about all we've got to send out this sh*t ball of fire that was 2020..

Here til 10 if you're here by 9.

Opera Room is available for small private parties. NYE, holiday gatherings, birthdays, photo shoots, band practice... No...
12/24/2020

Opera Room is available for small private parties. NYE, holiday gatherings, birthdays, photo shoots, band practice... No rental fee, just the cost of booze. πŸ–€

Several of you have let me know you want shirts/hoodies but have not yet paid. Pleeeease understand that we are not in a...
12/07/2020

Several of you have let me know you want shirts/hoodies but have not yet paid. Pleeeease understand that we are not in a position to pay for a bunch of these and then sell them. These are PRE-ORDERED. Crews and hoodies must be paid for BEFORE I put the order in Wednesday night. Again. If you do not order AND pay by Wednesday, there will be nothing ordered for you. Capiche?!
πŸ–€
* Tee's $20
* Crew Neck $35
* Pullover Hoodie $40
Unisex XS-XL ($3 more X2 X3)
Pick up at the bar when they're ready or add
Shipping from $5 to $20 depending on size of order.
Venmo/ PayPal @sandyatopera
CashApp $sandyatopera
Zelle
Cash IN HAND BY WEDNESDAY

Taking PRE-ORDERS for our OG Phantom shirt w/Mask THRU Wednesday.                                                       ...
12/04/2020

Taking PRE-ORDERS for our OG Phantom shirt w/Mask THRU Wednesday.
* Tee's $20
* Crew Neck $35
* Pullover Hoodie $40
Unisex XS-XL ($3 more X2 X3)
Pick up at the bar when they're ready.
Shipping from $5 to $20 depending on size of order.
Venmo/ PayPal @sandyatopera
CashApp $sandyatopera
Help us with the continued saga to survive through the shutdown! πŸ–€ Huge thanks to all that have helped us thus far. πŸ–€πŸ€žπŸΌπŸ€žπŸΌπŸ€žπŸΌ

NO RENTAL FEE! ...and by "Private Parties" we mean, plan to get a few of your homies together to have some suds later th...
12/02/2020

NO RENTAL FEE! ...and by "Private Parties" we mean, plan to get a few of your homies together to have some suds later that month, week, or day INSIDE! πŸ–€
Message us here or email [email protected] πŸ–€
***10 person interior maximum but there's a few spots outside for the hot blooded***

Lynn is getting ready for ya. She's here until 11.
11/08/2020

Lynn is getting ready for ya. She's here until 11.

Boo!! So happy to announce that we will be opening back up tomorrow. It will be with limited hours and limited beer (ful...
10/30/2020

Boo!! So happy to announce that we will be opening back up tomorrow. It will be with limited hours and limited beer (full liquor though πŸ˜‹), just for a few weeks, then picking up slowly as money comes in. Happy halloween!!

Because we also have limited seating, we need to increase our prices a bit and temporarily kibosh 75-cent mugs. Duh. They will be back, we promise, as we are safely able to expand our seating (working on permits for out front now).

Please be patient, kind and helpful during these difficult times. We need all of you good folks to survive but can only fit a small amount of you in the back at once, for now, so possibility of no entry or a wait is real. Feel free to message the respective bartender that night for a table reservation or message us here, my personal page, the group page or on Instagram if you would like to reserve seating for a couple hours.

These are the rules to keep everyone safe, make our jobs more pleasant and "the man" off our backs:
*no mask, no entry...period.
...masks must be worn at all times, masks may only be taken off while seated with the group you came with
*no indoor seating
...we only will have 3 seating areas out back for now. We will make every effort to come to you for drink orders, but if you need to come in, wear your mask. NO DRINKS INSIDE, leave them outside.
*STILL MUST have membership card and ID on you
*please throw away your own trash in proper bin out back. AND USE THE F**KING ASHTRAYS!!
*be kind to your server, and tip them. Everyone's hours have been cut drastically and everyone is risking their health to help keep this party alive. In most cases, we are your buddies, let's not have to get awkward. Wear your masks and respect social distance of 6 feet, don't complain about sh*t we have no control over and again, tip.
*we will not have internet for a few weeks so until my square swiper thingy arrives next week, we will only accept CASH, Venmo or PayPal (both handles are @sandyatopera)

New HOURS (these will likely change frequently so check back here). For now:

WED-SAT 3pm to 11pm (last call at 10:30pm)
Reservations not needed but recommended for now.
Sandy will be working most day shifts 3-6pm, after 6pm we will have:
Wed- Sandy
Thurs- Doug
Fri- Shannon
Sat- Lynn

We love you and miss you and can't wait to eye hug you!!

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to help out The Opera Room, I'll be able to pay November's rent. I've been ...
10/28/2020
Help Opera Room Survive Covid Shuttering, organized by Sandy Perotto

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to help out The Opera Room, I'll be able to pay November's rent. I've been told the Go Fund Me site is a bit nutty to navigate. I'm hoping you are all seeing my thank you responses I've sent through it. Still hoping to get a bit more help to buy some product and pay some bills. Any help is appreciated!πŸ–€πŸŒˆπŸ–€
In other news, WE WILL BE OPENING this Friday on a very limited schedule and with very limited product and only outside until the account can get padded a bit and some restrictions are loosened for bars.
STAY TUNED!

Sandy here, owner of Opera Room. Not surprising, I'm sure, but I'm now official… Sandy Perotto needs your support for Help Opera Room Survive Covid Shuttering

Opera Room, unfortunately, will not be opening up today.  The allotted square footage per person (outside only) restrict...
10/02/2020

Opera Room, unfortunately, will not be opening up today. The allotted square footage per person (outside only) restrictions set in place for bars, would only allow us to be able to serve 3 people (and one guy/gal would have to be alone in the back yard).

Also, I need to get back in town, gather my bearings, see what staff I have left and figure out how to re-open safely. A 1 day notice just wasn't enough time to get all that done.

I feel that Halloween time would be a much more appropriate time for us to reopen. Then maybe, restrictions on outdoor space will be a bit more lax and make it worth turning on the lights and inviting some of you ghouls back (Like 6 f**king feet apart, as it's been!).

Please don't f**k this up for us and your other favorite bars. WEAR YOUR MASKS!

πŸ“· @douglasmackenzie (thanks!!)

Just paid mine and rent is due on the 15th. It's wrong, should be all or nothing. The justification of keeping bars clos...
07/02/2020
Bar owners pay to renew ABC permits despite being closed for months - WWAY TV

Just paid mine and rent is due on the 15th. It's wrong, should be all or nothing. The justification of keeping bars closed, having same precautions and occupancy restrictions as restaurants, does not make sense to me but I'm not one to bitch too much about stuff like this, I reserve my battles for other stuff...I do need to pay rent and bills though. I have still gotten ZERO financial help from gov't. Our fabulous regulars saved us last month in t-shirt sales.

Since I'm assuming there are still a couple months before bars will be allowed to open, I need to get creative. I'm not allowed to sell our usual, "booze and a good times" combo, the only thing I am able to offer at the bar is space. I have a bit of it and it's in a prime(ish), downtown location.

I'm thinking about renting the upstairs and creating a couple areas downstairs for retail or art studio space, artists market, bike shop, etc...really anything that would do well downtown in the Summer. If I rent to 3 or 4 individuals, we could have specific days each person is there selling everyone's stuff, for example. Upstairs can easily be completely shut off from the rest if someone wants something more private. I'll start selling bottles TO GO behind the bar. I think it could be a cool little community market for now. If this works, I'm thinking about turning upstairs into a permanent art market/retail spot and these renters would have 1st dibs.

I'm just brain storming but if anyone of you have any ideas or know anyone that may be interested in a downtown retail rental space, please let me know. Please share if you like.

Donations for rent/bills are being accepted in exchange for a tab at The Opera Room Bar & Gallery. My Venmo and PayPal are @sandyatopera THANK YOU FOR HELPING!

107 days closed and there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon for private bars.

Shirts are done and freaking awesome! Due to a size error, the ink is getting pulled out so figured I'd do 1 more LAST C...
06/15/2020

Shirts are done and freaking awesome! Due to a size error, the ink is getting pulled out so figured I'd do 1 more LAST CALL until 7 tonight! I did not order extra so this is it.

Thank you so much to Smile print Design for the great job printing and Chet Childress for the great art, as usual. Huuuge thank you to everyone that bought a shirt too! We reached are goal and were able to pay June rent!!! πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€ I will be there today, tomorrow and Wednesday (check photo for times). Just knock on the door, give me your name and size you ordered and I'll bring it out.

"Support Quarantine" shirts officially on the PRE-ORDER market UNTIL MONDAY. Please help us pay rent. Message or comment...
05/28/2020

"Support Quarantine" shirts officially on the PRE-ORDER market UNTIL MONDAY. Please help us pay rent. Message or comment size and color (mint or brown) and payment preference (Venmo, Zelle, PayPal or cash).
Pick up or delivery (if local) when they're printed (approx 2 weeks from now). Shipping is $5 extra.
Thank you so much! We miss you guys !!!
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Bars are still quarantined, despite lots of other stuff opening up. I'm not quite comfortable getting out of it anyway, ...
05/22/2020

Bars are still quarantined, despite lots of other stuff opening up. I'm not quite comfortable getting out of it anyway, BUT...rent needs to get paid and the well is bone dry. So we are making some "Support Us in Quarantine" shirts.
THANKFULLY, I know a guy with a mostly (or ALL) right sided brain who donated it for a minute. @chet3000 Looking for places to get them made now.
Lmk sizes and color t-shirts you'd like to see with this design. I'm feeling sh*t brown but will go with the masses. No black this round, did black 10 years ago, it's hot and ain't punk.

Happy 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO US!!!!! We were gonna have a big party but... I'm spending it cleaning with these hooligans...
05/21/2020

Happy 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO US!!!!! We were gonna have a big party but... I'm spending it cleaning with these hooligans instead. #family
Cheers to all our regulars and staff throughout the years. Opera Room would never have made a decade without YOU.
...Think we will do an 11 year celebration instead. Definitely more our style to pull an odd year.

Hope you're all well and we will see you soon!! πŸŽ‰ 😷

03/17/2020

So sad to share, but knew it was coming. Opera Room will be closed until further notice... I will do everything possible to keep Opera Room afloat through this sh*t storm. Stay healthy and we'll see you on the better side of this with a very, very clean bar. πŸŒˆπŸŒπŸ‘

In the meantime, if anyone needs band practice space, art studio space or the like... I got a spot. πŸ˜‰

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119 Grace St
Wilmington, NC
28401

Opening Hours

Monday 6pm - 2am
Tuesday 6pm - 2am
Wednesday 6pm - 2am
Thursday 6pm - 2am
Friday 6pm - 2am
Saturday 4pm - 2am
Sunday 4pm - 2am

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