First look: Beer Bucket and Burgers

First look: Beer Bucket and Burgers

The scene: Beer Bucket and Burgers is the latest bar to occupy the space a block east of the historic Hull Avenue Tavern since Cafe Ebenezer’s closed up shop. My guest and I pulled into the parking lot around 7 p.m., unsure of whether to expect a restaurant-type atmosphere or a neighborhood bar from the Grand View area pub. It turned out to be a healthy mix of both, with a little more tavern shining through.

Patrons who were familiar with Cafe Ebenezer’s should feel right at home: Beer Bucket and Burgers maintained much of its predecessor’s basic structure, including the tiled wrap-around bar, tables sprinkled throughout the L-shaped space, and a wordart-inspired sign out front. But they added some nice new touches, including a pool table that fills the eastern end of the bar, five big-screen tvs perfect for gameday and a beer pong table near the entrance.

What we ordered: Thursdays at Beer Bucket and Burgers mean $4 pitchers, so we went that route. Unfortunately there are only three beers on tap—Coors Light, Bud Light, and Budweiser—so variety isn’t their strong suit. If you’re a craft brew fan, this isn’t your kind of bar. The one-page menu is packed with pub classics like wings and a tenderloin sandwich, plus twists like their pizza burger. We sampled the bacon burger, which was surprisingly tasty with a side of salty, thick-cut fries.

What we saw: Dinner time isn’t exactly the most popular time at this bar, but as the night went on the crowd fleshed out. Inside there’s seating for 50-plus, and while most patrons sat at the bar, there’s also open-air seating on the patio. Music from the TouchTunes jukebox was playing at a conversation-friendly level but there are huge bar-shaking speakers packed in the corners for the Saturday night scene. True to its name, Beer Bucket and Burgers also offers—you guessed it—buckets of beer, which you’ll see stacked behind the bar in small and large varieties. And no, they don’t just empty the tap into a two-gallon pail. Patrons get to pick and choose which bottles to pack their vessel with, including Corona, Coors Light, Bud Light Lime, Smirnoff Ice, and Heineken. Five bottles will set you back $12, and 12 cost $28.

Why you should go: Beyond the friendly atmosphere and neighborhood charm, Beer Bucket and Burgers boasts all of your classic late-night entertainment value coupled with cheap drinks. They fill the weekdays with specials, too, including penny beer on Monday (plus a $5 cover), $2 bottles and mixed drinks on tuesdays, and $1 cans on Wednesdays.

Beer Bucket and Burgers

Find it: 910 Hull Ave.

Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: 515-330-1891

Best for: Medium-sized groups that expect to stick around and chat for a while.

About the Author

Joe is a contributor to Juice Magazine.

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