Embracing the sustainable practices of farm-to-table cuisine, Executive Chef Geoff Bragg designed The Pecular Rabbit's menu to launch the culinary traditions of British pubs across the pond into the 21st century. Guests feast on hearty favorites such as the Devils on Horseback, goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped figs, and french fries topped with oxtail poutine gravy. During warmer months when the sun moves into its vacation house closer to earth, live music entertains guests on the roof-top patio, paired with a pour of Brooklyn Lager or a bloody mary piled high with garnishes.
Within a two-story residential building lives Kennedy?s Premium Bar & Grill, where past a large outer deck, patrons will find three bars, 17 televisions, and a menu that sports American and Irish classics. Entrees include shepherd's pie, fish and chips, and chicken pasta, alongside hefty half-pound burgers, chicken sandwiches, and fried pickles. Meanwhile, a drink menu includes and a sprawling list of scotches, cordials, wines, and bottled and draft beers.
Joe Hooper's Neighborhood Pub adheres to a real grab bag of traditions. The building itself takes its visual cues from classic road houses, complete with a vintage style wooden Coca-Cola sign and red neon signs beckoning folks to "EAT." But it's just as much a sports bar, with pretty much every available square inch of wall space taken up by HD TVs?even out on the wood outdoor deck.
Perhaps the proudest tradition the pub embraces can be found in it's name. Joe Hooper's Neighborhood Pub pays tribute to Sergeant Joe R. Hooper, a South Carolina native and the second-most decorated soldier in American international combat history. In addition to his service, the Pub team, "hope[s] to follow his philosophy of 'it is what it is'" and honor the restaurant's namesake by enjoying time with friends and family. The atmosphere is relaxed, facilitating conversation among those who tuck into blackened brisket, red velvet cupcakes, or a brunch of fried green tomato benedict. Joe-goers can also chow down on a full menu of American fare and swig from a long list of brews.
Shecky's Girls Night Out makes planning a social outing between friends easy with its dozens of fashion, jewelry, and beauty product displays and samples to peruse. Having started as a published guide to New York City nightlife, Shecky's now stages stylish shindigs across the country and has garnered nationwide notice from media outlets—including Bloomberg News —for its ladies-only soirees. Drawing on its roots as a party-planning brain trust, Shecky’s relies on a talented staff to augment vendor wares with complimentary snacks and cocktails, goody bags, and makeovers. Take a peek at one of Shecky’s past events, where, like the locker room at a WNBA game, men are conspicuously absent.
Lebowski's Neighborhood Grill is a family-run operation. Founders Kirk Weaver and his daughters, Jessica and Amelia, opened it in early 2009. As natives of Buffalo, New York, they import hometown mainstays such as wings, haddock, and beef on 'weck—a roast-beef sandwich served on a Kaiser-like roll with kosher salt and caraway. They feature eight beers on tap and supplement this collection with more than 70 craft and imported brews. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., they hold two happy hours Monday–Friday, once in the early evening, and again between 10 p.m. and midnight.
There’s nothing more quintessentially Irish than Guinness beer, a fact not lost on the chefs at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub. Led by Deacon Ovall, recently featured on Fox Charlotte's Chef Spotlight, the kitchen staff pairs house-cured corned beef and cabbage with Guinness au jus, smothers flank-steak shepherd's pie with Guinness gravy, and batters fried cod fillets in Guinness batter. But the menu is nothing if not multifaceted, with offerings ranging from traditional Irish eats and hearty half-pound Black Angus burgers to nearly a dozen freshly tossed salads.
Diners can pair their upscale pub eats with a hearty selection of pours. Four of the eight draft beers on tap hail from Ireland itself, and the servers also mix up "Lucktinis," including the Spiced Leprechaun made with Bacardi Oakheart, sour-apple Schnapps, and pineapple juice. Big-screen TVs dazzle eyes as flights of Irish whiskey tantalize tongues. Every Wednesday at 9 p.m., rounds of trivia keep brains from forgetting little-known factoids, such as the name of George Washington’s least-favorite fruit.