Although it takes some patience to get there, we had a terrific first impression today of Cafe 44. Breathtaking views, the hours generous, and James behind the counter called his customers by their first name.
This part of Old Town has been a bit of a sleepy backwater, which seems to explain why the city’s maritime museum and Mick Fleetwood’s bar had short runs.
Our one recommendation is for a couple of black and white historic photos. The Alexandria Canal’s site is in full view from the balcony, and when this part of the waterfront was redeveloped in the 1980s, old industrial uses were torn down. In fact, historic aerials show a large structure where Building 44 is now.
Note: From the waterfront, climb the steps and 44 is on your left. From First Street and then Canal Center, it will be on your right. I parked at the foot of Madison (two hours free) and walked over.
Enter the building and take the elevator to the fourth floor, then hang a left at the glass doors for the architecture firm. There is also an underground parking lot. If you enter the building from the south side, you will see drum sticks on the doors marking the old Fleetwood's bar.