501 Hours of Operation
Special Events & Music
The 501 Concept
Art Deco. Modernistic. Inviting with stylish sophistication and flair, the 501 is reminiscent of a classic Manhattan martini bar. Our unique menu delivers a variety of tastes filled with small plates perfect for sharing and comparing among friends. Enjoy Intimate dining in the new vibrant Downtown Flint!
From the Bar
A select wine list features many unique and interesting varietals complimented with numerous Spanish Reds and Whites. A full bar offers classic cocktails, martinis, single malts, cognacs, draught beer, as well as many specialty creations to satisfy any craving.
The Tapas Tradition
The exact moment of the birth of the tapa is lost in time. The closest estimate of its humble origins would possibly be sometime in the eighteenth century. Weary travelers would disembark from coaches and saddle horses, to be met by eager innkeepers with glasses of wine or sherry covered with a slice of bread. In the Spanish language this covering was referred to as a tapas, from the verb tapar, "to cover." This "tapas" kept insects, dust and unsavory debris from settling in the wine and also served to whet the appetite of the hungry travelers.
From this simple beginning the tapa evolved. A slice of Serrano ham and a bit of Manchego cheese with marinated olives were added as toppings as enterprising innkeepers vied to attract the travelers' interest - and - by offering inventive and luscious dishes that include yet another glass of wine.