A lot of liquid flows through a lot of beer gardens in the world, but very few of them can say pour enough beer to fill an actual pool. O.k., so the bartenders at Lou’s haven’t actually tried to fill their beer garden’s pool with beer. Still, the dozen taps and 30 bottled varieties on hand run with the stuff, dispensing craft brews in enough varieties to make the prospect of jumping into the swimming hole seem a little more feasible.
Inside the kitchen, Lou himself boasts the titles of both owner and chef, and he spends just as much time crafting his farm-to-table menu as he does curating the beer collection. He pairs his beverages with delicious creations such as New Zealand lamb, seared and served in the same cast iron skillet along with a side of bourbon and mountain honey-roasted squash. Lou’s eccentric palate and staggering panoply of brews has even earned his bacchanalian pleasure dome a nod from Esquire Magazine, which calls it one of 2012's Best Bars in America.
Emphasizing the pub in its title, Elwoods Gastro Pub has lots of grub from fish ‘n’ chips to potato skins, chicken skewers, fried mushrooms, and hummus and pita. Its house salad features roasted beets, red onion, arugula, goat cheese and citrus. It also has an extensive offering of burgers and sandwiches. For the vegans in the mix there is a nice selection of curry, wraps and vegetable burgers. For dessert, go for the Elwoods bites, cream puffs filled with homemade ice cream topped with caramel and chocolate sauce. There is also a weekend brunch with bottomless mimosa and bellinis. And on the first and third Tuesdays of the month there is comedy night, a lineup of professional local comedians. There is no cover, but the night is not suitable for children.
With its homey atmosphere and penchant for pub-style comfort food, The Living Room was already a destination for nights of relaxed revelry. With the opening of The Pub at The Living Room, that vibe just took on a decidedly English accent. Within this comfortable, no-frills pub, guests kick back the way they do in Merry England, munching on casual comfort food and knocking back pints of strong ales. If the rotating beer list is any indication, the owners here know a thing or two about brews; seasonal selection and year-round favorites from Founders, Blue Point, and Cigar City Brewing currently fill the tape lines.