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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 29
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1715 NW 16th St
phone: (405) 602-6308
Reviews by stephens101:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Chill little place in the up and coming plaza district. Well stocked scotch array and a growing beer list. Tank 7, Coop DNR, and Redbud Pale Ale on tap, along with bottles of Ommegang Three Philosophers, Hennepin, Duvel, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout and a few others. While I wouldn't say you would be a beer geek in a candy store at this establishment, there's plenty to keep the discerning beer connoisseur involved for a short while.
A large tapesty of well-fed Victorian ladies, various other antique paraphernalia (Jameson Mirrors etc.) and a mountain goat taxidermied with the Irish inscription "póg mo thóin" underneath. A bearded and mustachioed hipster crowd mills around the bar and conspicuously check out all newcomers. The bartender who waited on me was nice and helpful and kept my glass full, although a he loses a few points for serving my DNR in a pint glass. This happens a lot, and I don't get it (proper glassware goes a long way in adding to street cred). My Tank 7 was brought in a Tulip, so there was redemption to be had. As a side note; the second bartender was the spitting image of Martin Gore of Depeche Mode circa the mid-80's. He polished glassware in a disaffected manner the entire time I was there. I think that was entertaining.
A flatscreen at one end of the bar plays an unfamiliar to me black and white western. Banal 90's indie rock, leaning toward late Weezer sadness, sets the mood off a bit, but is interrupted by a little cool hard bop to help with the overall atmosphere. To the side in front of the bar is a nifty little seating area with comfy couches and coffee tables to seat about 20. The main dining area consists of about ten or so 4 tops. I went on two different occasions. The food and service was a bit better the first night, but the second night was exceptionally busy, so no worries. The food is hit or miss overall, but I can confidently point you toward the Stuffed Whitefish.
I know the people who own this establishment care about the neighborhood, and are serious about what they are doing. This place shows a lot of promise, and you have to ask how many of us in the mid and southwest would give an arm and a leg to have a decent beer oasis and a unique, local-oriented shopping district within walking distance of our house? I will tell you this, you could do a lot worse whiling away a few hours. A helluva lot worse.
07-07-2011 22:08:39 |
More by stephens101
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here with Lady while the boy was at the sitter's.
Very anxious to try this place; Plaza is a really forward-moving
district right now, & it's nice to have a place to hang one's hat in the area.
Inside the pub is dimly lit with a lot of brown hues...10 or so 4-tops make up most of the area, with well-cushioned wall-seating lined with coffee tables perpendicular to the small stage in the corner. A Flat-screen in the corner of the bar plays Seinfeld. Instant plus. The music that filled the air was pretty eclectic ranging from Beirut to Mariah Carey's "Fantasy."
Wall seating was all that was available, which was fine. The place wasn't packed which was great.
First beer was ordered from the bar, because we were unsure if we would be helped one of the wait-staff. While the lady ordered for us, the wait-person came over & got me a water & a menu. Tap-list was small, but decent...F-5 IPA, Redbud Pale, DNR, PBR. Everything was in the 4-7 dollar price range. My only problem was that all their taps were on Nitro.
The bottles, on the other hand, were pretty pricey. Sam Smith products were over 10 dollars per pint. Outrageous, but okay.
Menu was well organized, also. Whisky, Whiskey, & Bourbon have their respected pages.
After we finished our beers we were promptly refilled. Moved from the Redbud (not so great on Nitro) to the F-5 (fantastic).
Bar was very efficient the whole night. They always have a Barback on staff which is a major plus.
All in all it was a good night...a band was playing the last half of the night, but luckily they did not blow.
Would love to have some of their food next time!
I definitely would recommend this place. Not pretentious, with great staff.
09-03-2011 19:33:40 |
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