Though the staff at The Brass Tap take beer very seriously, they've nevertheless turned drinking it into a game. Customers get a single point for each of the pub's 300 craft beers that they try. At certain milestones, they'll receive gift cards or a t-shirt with a new title, all the way from rookie to beer guru?and, if they conquer the challenge three times, they can win the coveted Repeat Offender 900 shirt.
Thankfully, the bar makes it easy to sort through its 300 beers. The menu is divided up into different beer types, which go deeper than the basic delineation of ale vs. lager vs. water that's been dyed amber. Guests can peruse listings of bottled barleywines and porters, or have a resident beer aficionado fill their mug with an imported brew on draft. Beer even permeates the food: the chipotle mustard on the house-baked pretzels is made with pale ale, just as the cheese dip is made with Samuel Adams. All of the burgers, sandwiches, and pretzel pizzas also have recommended drink pairings.
As for entertainment, each Brass Tap books a variety of local bands throughout the week. Trivia and happy hours find regular spots on the schedule, and some locations have outdoor patios and cigars for purchase.
It's easy to both start and end a night at Blue Martini. During the early hours of the evening, guests can catch the last rays of sun on the patio as they dine on light fare such as fruit-and-cheese plates and flatbread pizzas. This lightness is necessary, because once the sun goes down, guests have to be light on their feet as the lounge turns into a full-on dance party. From then until closing time, guests can keep their energy up with glasses of wine or one of the house's 42 signature cocktails. The bartenders shake, stir, and blend together ingredients to make these drinks, which range from skinny-raspberry mojitos that contain less than 250 calories to the lightly flavored key-lime-pie martini or cucumber lemonade.
At Umami Sushi, eating dinner is akin to playing a carnival game. The spinning conveyor belt that wraps around the sushi bar carries plates past each seat, allowing guests to reach out and grab whatever looks delectable (the plates are color-coded to denote how much they cost). However, if patrons want a more traditional dining experience, table service is also available. Specialty rolls, such as the Havana roll made with eel, avocado, mango, and plantain, complement yakitori appetizers and meals of teriyaki-flavored meats. The menu doesn't stop at Japanese cuisine, though. It also features Korean staples, such as kimchi and bibimbap bowls of rice and beef.
The music-themed Hullabaloo offers an upscale menu to complement its cool, romantically-lit interior. Antipasto dishes such as fried green heirloom tomatoes and flame roasted marrow bones can be shared amongst friends and enjoyed before entrees such as seared sea scallops or roasted pork and porcini risotto.