The first thing you notice when you enter the space that is Juniper, atop the new AC Hotel in downtown Greenville, is the view. From the center of Juniper, the rooftop urban gin bar, you can see the mountains cresting in the distance. Step onto the Fire Box patio space, where fire pits will add warmth and ambiance and you can see the Peace Center plaza. And from the Secret Cocktail Garden around the other side, you have a view of the Reedy River and down South Main Street.
Juniper, a 16,000-square-foot space perched far above the corner of Main and Broad Streets at the Camperdown development and former Greenville News spot, offers a perfect view of Greenville’s growth.
And the forthcoming food and beverage concept, one of six the hotel will contain, aims to be an exciting piece of the city’s growth story. The rooftop restaurant and bar will meld a gin-focused cocktail program with a distinct menu of smaller plate items, in a space that boasts a modern aesthetic but also has comfortable seats.
The rooftop concept at the AC Hotel at the Camperdown development, Juniper, will offer a variety of experiences, including an “urban gin bar” with a portfolio of 20-30 varieties of gin. (Photo: Courtesy of Auro Hotels)
In doing research for Juniper, AC Hotel general manager John Deck toured rooftop spaces around the country. He came to a few conclusions, one being that it is frustrating when there is an event that takes up the entire space.
Juniper is carefully designed to avoid such frustration.
“We created different zones,” Deck explained. “Every area is a little different in its style.”
That means space that is malleable and various to almost any scenario, from weather to events.
Juniper is one of the six food and beverage concepts that will be a piece of the hotel, and collectively, they signal a continuing evolution for Auro Hotels, the company building the property. In 2018, Auro created Yuga Collection, a restaurant group that is solely focused on creating unique food and beverage concepts for Auro.
Yuga has allowed for a more honed focus on Beverage and Food. That’s why the AC Hotel has not one bar or restaurant, but six unique concepts, each offering a different experience.
Juniper atop the AC Hotel at Camperdown, will also include Fire Box, an open-air space complete with fire pits and Fire Box Kitchen, which will offer Neapolitan style pizza, beer, and wine. (Photo: Courtesy of Auro Hotels)
Paloma, a Spanish-inspired tapas bar that will be located on the ground floor and open onto Main and Broad Streets.
Press Room, a speakeasy offering an intimate cocktail bar experience and a nod to The Greenville News.
Fire Box, an outdoor rooftop terrace space, offering Neapolitan-style pizzas and salads with a rooftop view.
Juniper, a 16,000-square-foot rooftop space with private event space, an open-air Secret Cocktail Garden.
Social Burger, a burger and milkshake bar