Last month, Marie and I were invited to a soft opening event for Perimeter Mall’s newest restaurant. Well, it was newest for a short time; we understand that a new Varasano’s Pizzeria is coming to the mall in a couple of weeks. Anyway, The Pub is a small chain based in Cincinnati (this is their twelfth store, and first Georgia location) that has the design of a traditional English pub, with appropriate posters and prints on the walls to give you the full British immersion experience. Henry VIII and the London Underground. The Beatles and The Who. Muse and Radiohead. Bangers and mash. Servers in kilts. It’s Six Flags Over London, guv’nah. Stone the crows, the missus’ll never believe this ‘un.
Well, I tease, but The Pub has a really terrific secret weapon. It’s the PYOB system in the upstairs lounge, where you get a little swipe card and help yourself to samples – or up to full pints – from fifteen different beers from a rotating selection. Some of these are pretty standard – Guinness, Bass, Stella Artois – and some of them are quite pleasant surprises.
Credit where it is due department: The Pub was certainly not obliged to reach out to local craft breweries for any of its selections. This is what I mentioned recently about my only real disappointment with the new Chuy’s in Kennesaw: it doesn’t look for regional drinks to offer guests. But here, right alongside the pulls from the giants of the industry, there’s local upstarts Monday Night Brewing and Three Taverns, among others, including Cincinnati’s Angry Orchard and their fantastic cider.
When we visited, the Three Taverns on offer was their absolutely superb Quasimodo quadrupel ale. To be fair and honest, the first of the servers who showed off the PYOB station wasn’t entirely certain what that Three Taverns selection actually was, but it got cleared up, and that’s an understandable hiccup for a first night. The service from all the staff was completely terrific and all of us scruffy new media types seemed to have a very nice evening.
The bottom line is that if you’re already a regular at Wrecking Bar or Brick Store, there’s little beyond the novelty to bring you up to the suburbs to try The Pub. But for a neighborhood destination, it’s a fun concept done with a tongue in cheek, and with a very sensibly curated selection to satisfy both traditionalists and guests who want to support local brewers, and a much more extensive list of bottled options than anybody would expect at a shopping mall. It’s a fine place to meet friends in the area for good drinks, or for the local Doctor Who club to arrange viewing parties. (If they haven’t already, they should!)
(As noted, this was a media event and our meal and drinks were complimentary. It’s our policy to always note when we’ve received our meal without charge. If you would like to invite us to your restaurant’s media events, please drop Grant a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .)
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