Chapel of Bones Coffee Shop + Bar/Music Venue Now Open

Java and jams that go heavy (metal)

Now tuning and brewing on Maywood Avenue, Chapel of Bones is presenting a new-to-the-area twist on caffeination, cocktails and concerts—all in one space. 

By day, venture into the moody environs for creative cuppas (hey, Shot in the Dark and New Americano Gospel!) brewed with beans from Greensboro-based Fortuna Coffee. Or hit up the bar post-7pm Fridays and Saturdays for spirited libations and good vibrations via live music on select days. 

“The atmosphere stays mellow during the day to facilitate the coffee-shop vibe,” notes GM Dylan Jackson. “[The founders] are all metalheads, but we want it to be an inclusive space—and the neighborhood has really embraced us.” 

Inspired by the architecture of the circa-16th century Capela dos Ossos (aka a chapel
of human skeletons created by monks) and now-shuttered Pittsburgh heavy metal coffee shop Black Forge, the lounge-meets-music venue operates as an ode to the heavy metal music scene—as well as The Maywood and Volume 11 Tavern that operated in the warehouse space before it. 

When it comes to tunes, Chapel of Bones primarily showcases a mix of local and regional acts, with international names sprinkled in. “The concept is so unique that we’ve had large acts reach out and want to be involved,” says Jackson. See: well-known death metal bands Incantation and Exhumed recently rocking out—and keep your cal open for a stacked lineup of shows sure to go hard this summer. So rock ’n’ roll up—and get ready to scream for caffeine. … That is so metal! 

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