Parched patrons can mosey over to the polished wood bar to wet their whistles and catch up on sporting events displayed on flat-screen TVs. The bar serves an octet of regular tap beers, supplemented by a varied selection of bottled brews and Beringer Founders' Estate wines, and swaps out half of its typical taps for a rotating selection of microbrews and specialty brews on Saturdays. Third Rail also hosts an open mic on Tuesday nights, perfect for emerging vocal artists or experienced artists yearning to break from the tyrannical hold of Garfunkel.
Brewer's Bar & Grill's extensive roster of suds, ample calendar of activities, and sports-studded atmosphere draw crowds seven days a week. Rotating seasonal microbrews keep the beer list fresh, and specialty drinks such as the White Gummybear—a concoction of raspberry vodka, Peach Schnapps, and sour mix—give jaded cocktail consumers new liquid territory to explore. The thorough food menu nails pub basics, such as burgers and sandwiches, and then goes above and beyond with steak, crab, shrimp, pierogies, and more. NFL Sunday Ticket beams from 14 flat-screen HDTVs, strategically placed for maximum viewability and minimum government brain-wave interference. Huddled masses yearning to boogie free can swing by for live DJ sounds and karaoke on Wednesdays, and know-it-alls are invited to pummel can't-quite-place-it-alls during Thursday pub trivia.
Whether you're curious about tequila or a connoisseur, the team at Shirley's Cafe & Tequila Bar can help steer you in the most delicious direction. Shirley's bar is lined with more than 100 different tequilas and more than 10 mezcals, and it's staffed by mixologists who can tell you about each. These pros also pour tequila flights and mix margaritas, palomas, and other tequila-based cocktails. Their love of this signature spirit infuses the food menu, too, in the form of tequila-infused chorizo-stuffed mushrooms. Other dishes, savored inside or out on the patio, include American fare, such as burgers and sandwiches; Italian fare, such as strombolis and pizzas; Mexican cuisine, such as quesadillas and fajitas; and a form of Spanish cuisine known as cazuela, which pairs stew-style dishes of seafood or steak with flatbread in a terra cotta dish.
The owners of Liberty Taproom revere the art of brewing—so much so that they've turned their establishment into a sort of beer museum, filled with framed pictures and steins emblazoned with microbrew brands. American craft and Belgian beers are prominent throughout the 32 taps and more than 500 bottle selections. If the beer menu gets overwhelming, Liberty's staff will happily make recommendations, whether you want to try a beer at the bar or get a mix-and-match six pack of some of the beers for takeout service. As you sip a beer or enjoy some of the restaurant’s creative gastropub fare, you’re encouraged to shoot pool, kick back on the patio, or watch favorite sports teams on the flat-screen televisions.
The Forest Inn is conveniently located 1 block up from the Sovereign Center in downtown Reading. It offers a wide variety of Pub Food and specializes in the Famous Coney Island Hot Dogs, Burgers, & Fresh Cut French Fries. 9 Beers on Tap & 25 Bottles. Check out the old style décor, bar back & tin ceiling dating back to 1867.
At Pike Cafe, the glow of 40 high-def TVs illuminates diners as they fasten their fangs on steaks, seafood, pasta, wings, and more. After browsing a diverse dinner menu, eaters can set off on their gastronomic journey with a starter, such as lobster crostinis ($10.95). Chicken ($13.95), steak ($14.95), and jumbo shrimp ($15.95) fajitas command the attention of ears, snouts, and tongues, popping and sizzling like break dancers on a midsummer's blacktop. Hickory-smoked bacon enrobes the char-grilled classic pike filet mignon, which is garnished with marinated portobello mushrooms and sautéed onions and doused with a veal demi-glaze ($21.95).