We've been following City Tap House
, the behemoth beer bar in the Radian
(3925 Walnut St.) owned by the Public House
folks, for some time now.
The handsome 120-seat space, on the floor above fellow Radian residents Chipotle
and Bobby's Burger Palace
, will officially open to the public this coming Monday, May 10. Meal Ticket stopped by earlier today to talk brew with beer baron Andy Farrell
and food with exec chef Al Paris
. Info and photo smorgasbord after the jump.
On the beer
: Farrell talked to Meal Ticket recently
about his approach he's rocking 60 taps. Yes, he's pouring a selection of what he calls "pay the mortgage" beers (Coors Light, Bud Light, Blue Moon, etc.), but the lineup is aggressively craft-centric, featuring brews sourced locally (Dogfish Head
, Flying Fish
), domestically (Bell's
, Bear Republic
) and internationally (St. Feuillien
). Here's the full opening beer list in PDF format.
There'll be flights ranging in price from $9 to $13; another cool feature are the tasting-notes cards at every table, designed to help you remember a the name of a good brew (a challenge after you've downed a few). The keg cooler, instead of doubling as a terrifying subterranean cave
like some bars, is situated on the main floor, in a sort of temp-controlled, metal-door-protected boozy Fortress of Solitude.
On the food
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: The ever-energetic Paris (Rococo
, Pat Bombino's
, etc. times infinity), who came on board for this project from the chef gig at Public House, has constructed a pub-influenced American menu that covers plenty of bases. (Full menu below.) Brick-oven pizzas, "craftwiches," large plates, mussel preparations, veggie-friendly stuff ... there are also "daily supper" selections Monday through Saturday, which include dishes like pan-seared grouper, suckling pig and a New England lobster bake. Farrell says the Tap House's staff is sharp in regards to pairing beer with food, so don't hesitate to ask for recos.
On the space
: Crazy big! Like we said, room for 120 seats, but the double-sided bar can accommodate a sieable standing crowd, as well. In addition to the bar scene and the dining room scene augmented by an open kitchen, there's a big outdoor area with fire pits and a green roof. You can get in to the space either by walking up the big Radian staircase off Walnut Street or by hopping the elevator, accessible via a marked entrance to the left of Capogiro.
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