Gearheads got a new playground this summer when local tech exec Matt Bell opened a private garage and clubhouse, The Shop, in a nondescript building. Members can kick back in the clubhouse—which features a poker room and virtual reality driving simulator—after tinkering on their cars with high-end tools and help from on-site mechanics.
Naturally, there’s a restaurant, too—Derby. Open to the public, the stripped-down gastropub, the latest venture from serial restaurateur Ethan Stowell, keeps up the showroom vibe with a sleek, industrial design and windows for peeking into The Shop’s garage, full of swanky rides, including the moose-head motorcycle from Macklemore’s “Downtown” video. We hear the food’s not bad either.
The Shop and Derby
SoDo, 2233 Sixth Ave. S; 206.736.9966