In 1993, when realtor Brian Brickley stumbled upon a listing for The Tap Room—a bar flooded with harsh fluorescent lights and littered with broken hunks of chairs and booths—he initially joked with his wife, Lisa, that they should buy it. But after mulling it over, Brian and Lisa discovered that they might be able to breathe new life into the property. What began for the couple as a blues venue that could accommodate up to 69 people has since expanded into a 180-person bar with two pool tables, video games, an Internet jukebox, and open-mic nights every Thursday. Beyond feeding hearts and ears with a variety of musical stylings, the Tap Room feeds stomachs with an extensive menu, inspired by Lisa's flair for cuisine.
These days, The Tap Room attracts occasional visits from celebs such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert De Niro, the latter of whom filmed scenes in the bar for his movie Stone, a extended dialogue between him and his pet rock. The bar also serves as a daily hub for pub-food feasts with items such as homemade chipotle hummus and burgers made with local meat from Knight's. The kitchen stays open until midnight, while music from talented regional bands blares until 2 a.m. some
Cuisine Type: American pub food
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Smokehouse Burger
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: We are known for our craft beer selection.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
American pub food with burgers, sandwiches, fish-and-chips, and appetizers.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have a new menu, and we've upgraded our building.
Before they were household names, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Allen, and Drew Carey were performers at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. The establishment, once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best clubs between the coasts,” has been corralling burgeoning stars to its stage since its 1984 inception when it was called Mainstreet Comedy Showcase. Several nights a week, nationally touring comedians who’ve graced the stages of Late Show with David Letterman and Showtime’s Comics Without Borders share witty observations, humorous songs, and intense eye contact with brave audience members in the front row.
The Village Pub invites diners to dig into classic American pub food or settle in at the granite bar for drinks and sports shown on seven televisions. Burgers and sandwiches abound, including a Yuengling-battered haddock sandwich and The Villager, a half-pound patty topped with monterey jack and fried onion rings and covered in barbecue sauce and chipotle mayo on a brioche bun. Specialities include fish and chips, sirloin steak, and a seafood taco, made with the pub's Bang-Bang sauce. Guests can also enjoy drinks from the restaurant's full bar, one of more than a dozen bottled and draft beers, or a selection of wines.
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Selecting a wine at The Earle Restaurant isn't as simple as choosing between a red and a white. A recipient of Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence for 20-plus years, The Earle's wine list heaves under the weight of its more than 1,200 listed bottles and from all those bricks weighing it down. Some of those varietals are even available by the glass at The Earle's wine bar, where the menu of light bites includes handmade pizzas crowned with pesto and shrimp.
In the main dining room, wines likewise complement dinners of award-winning French and Italian cuisine, from linguini tossed with crumbled garlic sausage to sautéed duck breast in apple brandy and cider. Those feasts unfold amid the room's romantic lighting and the historic building's exposed brick walls. Once the home of a jazz club, the Earle now spotlights jazz five nights a week with trios on weekends and solo guitarists or pianists on select weekdays.
Upon entering Damon's Grill, guests must first pass under a quartet of bronze athletes immortalized in midpass or midswing. Once inside, the aroma of grilled steaks, ribs, fish, and chicken pulls them in one of two directions: toward quieter dining spaces, or toward the raucous energy of the clubhouse bar. In the clubhouse, revelers gather around the eatery's exclusively operated DTV––an entertainment system comprised of flat-screen TVs beaming with live sports and news broadcasts. Using tabletop speakers, guests control the audio station, volume, and frequency to curb the behavior of any nearby rabid canines. They can also compete with each other and players nationally with sports and trivia games. For outside gatherings, Damon's Grill's culinary crews assemble plated menus, buffets, and grilled meat packages.