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Busy. I wonder where most of my post wandered off to. Anyway, I thought that the service was good given the newness of the place. It's kind of noisy in there, and it didn't help that they were playing 80's music at too high volume. It had kind of a college-y feel, appropriate given the location. I found it to be pricey, but in an odd way. Burgers are half off during happy hour, which is a good thing since mine would normally go for $11.50. It was good but there was nothing special about it. The crack fries are good. The Wisconsin beers are priced well, as are many of the typical craft brews one can obtain at many other bars in town. But anything hard to get on tap here is priced accordingly. For example, a 10 oz snifter of Devil Dancer for 10 bucks. Awesome beer but, 10 bucks. We had a nice view of pedestrian traffic on State. Particularly noteworthy was the completely nude woman walking along with the rest of the crowd. Of course one needn't have gone to Hopcat to see that. Don't know that I'll put it in my regular rotation of beer places, but I'll give it a few more chances.
gargantua wrote: But anything hard to get on tap here is priced accordingly. For example, a 10 oz snifter of Devil Dancer for 10 bucks. Awesome beer but, 10 bucks.
I think that retails for $18 a four-pack, so it's not that far out of whack when you consider the normal bar markup.
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Sorry, my dweeby joke derailed the fully-formed post in the other thread. I'll quote the original post here so if you want to delete the other one, you can, garg.
Stopped in late Tuesday afternoon. Not very busy but business was picking up by six. We thought our burgers were OK for the happy hour half price, but not worth the full price. Full price for my Angry Cow burger was $11.50 . You have to be kidding. We both liked the crack fries. Excellent tap list, but the price for the more unusual beers was a little high. $12 for a ST Bernardus ABT 12? Nutty. But the prices for most of the beers you could find elsewhere are reasonable. So we'll be back when we have money to blow. Also saw a nude lady walking down State, but you can stand in the street to see that at no charge.
They have another quirk that I found a bit obnoxious. If you choose a $5 beer from the tap list, you actually have to pay $5.25. The tap list prices don't include sales tax. I've had occasion to visit most of the brewpubs and beer bars in town, and haven't encountered it anywhere else. A minor quibble in the scheme of things, but it annoyed me.
gargantua wrote:They have another quirk that I found a bit obnoxious. If you choose a $5 beer from the tap list, you actually have to pay $5.25. The tap list prices don't include sales tax. I've had occasion to visit most of the brewpubs and beer bars in town, and haven't encountered it anywhere else. A minor quibble in the scheme of things, but it annoyed me.
Huh, I didn't even notice that on my tab. Did they charge 5% flat? Sales tax is 5.5%, so maybe they think they're giving you a deal(but most likely don't want to deal with pennies).
My burger was decent. Good size, solid bun, but overcooked as usual. Crack fries are pretty damn good, but I'm a bit of a pepper freak. Got the Vladimir Poutine, because I can't resist a bad pun. Decent poutine, but the pierogi sucked. Solid service, but I doubt this place will make it on our regular schedule.
5% flat, just sitting at the bar ordering a beer. It probably is just added to the tab if you're at a table and getting food. That's typical. Most places, if you just order a beer at the bar and the menu says 5 bucks, you pay 5 bucks (plus tip).
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