Hangar 86 boasts the most Three Olives
flavors in the metro, a new stage for
live entertainment and an aviation theme
at the former G2 club.
By Amber Williams
After a few beers, they might argue over who’s
Maverick and who’s Goose, but for the most part,
new partners Dean Orcutt and Jonathan Stein
agree that airplanes are cool. So that’s the
concept behind their new bar on 86th Street,
“I’m into World War II, and he’s into aviation,
so it’s kind of a theme,” Orcutt said.
Although the pin-up bomber girls bring color
to the freshly-painted, sky-blue walls, the
new name for the old bar isn’t entirely centered
around aviation. The “86” is not only a reference
to the street the bar sits on, but it’s also
bar jargon used when either a customer is cut
off or when the bar is out of something, “so
it’s a play on that,” Orcutt explained.
But it’s a bit difficult to listen to his story
when you’re imagining the “You’ve Lost That
Lovin’ Feeling” scene from the movie “Top Gun.”
With a new karaoke stage in the corner under
a few soft stage lights, it’s only a matter
of time before someone picks that Righteous
Brothers 1964 hit single out of the book and
belts it out to his lady across the room.
And ladies, don’t let the aviation theme fool
you. Minus the stripper pole, loungers and the
blood red paint that was used to epitomize the
bar when it was Grono’s, G-Spot and G2, Hangar
86 is just as much of a bomber girl’s hole in
the wall as it is a maverick’s landing pad.
The new bar has a fresh atmosphere that welcomes
people who like options between their belly
For example, Three Olives Vodka is arguably
one of the metro’s hottest drinks right now
among patrons. Hangar’s has the largest Three
Olives selection in town, with 14 currently
and two more coming.
“As far as I know, there are only two flavors
available in Iowa that I don’t have, and that’s
Super Cola and Purple,” Orcutt said. “I’ve just
always been a fan of the brand. It’s the best
flavored vodka on the market, because it offers
so many options as far as martinis and bombs
Hangars 86 has gaming options as well, offering
free pool during a generous happy hour and a
new Xbox Kinect interactive video game with
free bowling, boxing, golf — all the favorites
that are challenging and fun for those playing
and hilarious for everyone else.
“We’ve worked really hard to clean this place
up and go in a different direction with it.
Before it was thought of as a club, and now
it has more of a bar atmosphere,” Orcutt said.
“We’re just going to test the waters with what
we do right now, but it’s subject to change.
We’ll keep our ears open to what people want.”
As it’s set up now, Hangar 86 has the ability
to transform from a quiet watering hole one
moment to a karaoke talent contest the next,
or from an energetic game night to a dance hall
with live music — bringing back to life a third
bar to complete the tripartite of 86th Street
bars for Clive carousers.
“In the future, we hope to work with Duck Tails
and Mickey’s Irish Pub, because 86th Street
used to be a golden street back in the day,”
Orcutt said. “With our three bars, we’re giving
people options, so you don’t have to drive too
far away to find things that are fun to do —
right here.” CV
1871 N.W 86th St.
Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Mon.-Fri; 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hours: 4-7 p.m., Mon.-Thur.; 4-9 p.m.,
Fri., 5-9 p.m.; All day Sun.