Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sampling Some Summer Sips

It actually feels like summer now. The hot sticky weather just begs for the perfect summer hangout to sit and have a beer. My requirements are: a good selection of reasonably priced beer, light summery snack food to munch on, and an open and airy bar or dining area. Here are some places I've been recently:

Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St.

Several local vegetarian blogs have reviewed them which piqued my interest. Other reviews weren't so favorable but I decided to give it a shot. Betty and I went for an after work drink and found it to fit the bill for a great place to hang out. It was definitely roomy which I enjoy, and I would suggest it for a larger group. The happy hour special was $4 for all draft beers. Not great, but good if you are a beer snob and drink the higher end stuff. We ordered truffle fries to share. They were perfect as a snack, and if I go back for dinner I might try their vegetarian blt. Other veg offerings include potato pierogi, grilled cheese, and roasted beets.

Pub and Kitchen, 1946 Lombard St.

I used to love Chaucers, and this place took over the space about a year ago. It is definitely open and airy with lots of outdoor seating, but somehow it still felt cozy. I was digging the vibe. The prices, not so much. (We went on a Saturday afternoon so I don't know if they have a happy hour.) We ordered a $3 bruschetta which turned out to be 2 small slices of baguette with sweet tomato goo. I ordered truffle fries (again) which were tasty and a more substantial portion.

Tangiers, 1801 Lombard St.

Tangiers is one of my favorite bars. Their $3 mystery beers (served in a paper bag) are one of the city's best drink specials and the food is always good. It is definitely a laid back kind of place and you will always see people just lounging at their outside tables. I ordered a shrimp poboy and Fred got a burger. They do have veg options like a very respectable black bean burger.

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