ITHACA, N.Y.—After months of delay due to supply chain shortages, Revelry Yards celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 19.

The Yards, the back patio complete with giant Jenga, cornhole, fire pits and plenty of seating, was created with the goal of offering a casual, relaxing hangout spot, something owner Kevin Sullivan felt Restaurant Row could use more of, particularly in the underutilized far side of the row of Aurora Street businesses.

The restaurant and bar are housed in the Ithaca Ale House’s former location at 111 North Aurora Street, with a brewery operation upstairs.

“We were ready to do this back in, like, March, so it’s exciting to finally be open. It’s been a challenge with the supply chain,” said Sullivan, who also owns Purity Ice Cream Luna Street Food. “We’re excited to be here for a long time and we think it’s a wonderful fit for downtown.”

The shipping container bar at Revelry Yards. (Photo by Zoë Freer-Hessler)

Owner Kevin Sullivan said that his goal had been to create a “great gathering space” for people to relax at after work or on the weekends, enjoying outdoor games and the calming atmosphere.

While Revelry has a fairly expansive menu, the Yards focuses on drinks and is more limited in its food offerings, which include pizzas from the wood-fired oven. (The Yards menu can be found here).

“Downtown has really needed something like this, this experience with the indoor/outdoor space is really unique and different,” said Jennifer Tavares, president of Tompkins Chamber.

The brewpub and restaurant are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the Yards is open 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (and closed Wednesdays).

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is the digital editor/reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Joining in November 2021, she has covered a wide range of topics related to local news. She can be reached at,...