Beast of Bourbon
710 Myrtle Ave. (Spencer Street and Walworth Street)
Why we love it: Beyond the fact that it’s a barbecue Valhalla that serves sandwiches with bacon on top of pulled pork? Well, there’s the 42 draft beers and the over 100 ryes, whiskeys and bourbons on the menu. You can also always make your own competition with a tucked away pool area in the front of the bar. Add in a live music stage and an outdoor area make it an all around win.
Who to bring: A big group of meat-loving music and bourbon fans. With selection that ranges from Old Crow 80 to James E. Pepper 15 Year, there’ll be something for everyone to drink and argue about what tastes the best.
What to order: Just popping in for a quick drink? Sit at the front bar and grab a $5 Rolling Rock and Cuervo beer and shot special. If you’re in it to win it, amble over to the back bar and get a beer or whiskey flight to sample all you can. Soak up the booze with a PBR, which isn’t a beer, but a giant sandwich made up of pulled pork, bacon and chow relish. Or try the famous frozen whiskey cocktails, available year-round.
Fun fact: Tuesdays are Taco Nights! As if the prospect of barbecue wasn’t already awesome enough, your food options are expanded to turkey, pork ribs, pulled pork or brisket tacos. And everyone loves tacos.—Dave Colon