So what does "activated" mean? The stretch of alley from 18th to 19th street between Blake and Wazee streets has been cleaned up, repaved, decorated with murals and other outdoor art and, most important, given a common consumption liquor license. So if you purchase a drink from one of the bars or restaurants that opens onto the Alley, you can carry it with you from one end to the other as you peruse shops or relax with friends on one of several patios — all without having to dodge garbage trucks and rodents of unusual size.
To help christen the Alley, Poka Lola Social Club, the cocktail bar inside the Maven, will unveil its back patio beginning at 10 a.m., with food and drink specials and live music.
At the opposite end of the Alley, Milk Market, a food hall with more than a dozen different concepts from restaurateur Frank Bonanno, still has a few month's worth of construction to go before it opens, but the Milk Market team will be handing out free hot dogs, bottled waters and other goodies from noon until 2 p.m.
Other currently open establishments on the block include Huckleberry Roasters and Kachina Cantina. But the coming months will also see the opening of two new bars: Seven Grand and Run for the Roses. And Bonanno will also install a walk-up pizza window in the Alley to fill the late-night munchies niche.