The three-week-old Overland Park pub Burg & Barrel (7042 West 76th Street) exists in that elastic space between sports bar and neighborhood watering hole. (On the terrestrial plane, it's off Metcalf, between Mr. Fix It and a pawnshop.) The dark wood and wainscoting resemble, as you might expect, barrel staves.
The TV screens are flat and tuned to muted basketball, while music emanates from a neon digital jukebox. The de rigueur Big Buck Safari and Golden Tee arcade games flank the restrooms. On a Sunday afternoon, the bar stools are full of the Governor Stumpy's set (sans children). The new place feels familiar.
The Burg is for burgers, while the Barrel is a nod to the bar's whiskey and craft-beer selections. The former consist of Angus beef and are properly juicy. (You'll require extra napkins; be sure to ask before the server leaves.) The menu also makes room for smoked Cajun turkey, chicken, fried soft-shell crab, salmon, pork loin, and a black-bean burger. The fries are skin-on and hand-cut (tots, onion rings and sweet-potato fries round out the starches).
As for the beer, if Boulevard sells it, it's on tap here, alongside Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Flying Monkey Amber Ale. The Burg & Barrel makes a stout float (Boulevard, vanilla-bean ice cream, chocolate sauce) for those who prefer dessert in a glass. The whiskey menu goes 17 deep, with a healthy offering of Jack Daniel's alongside Rittenhouse Rye and Buffalo Trace. Those who like honey in their whiskey won't be disappointed here.
Burg & Barrel is open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily. "Hoppy Hour," as it's called here, runs 2 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and noon - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There's also a reverse happy hour 10 p.m. - close. After all, if you live nearby, you can always walk home.