Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Burg & Barrel taps into Overland Park

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 7:45 AM

The Blue Moon rises in Overland Park.
  • The Blue Moon rises in Overland Park.
Neighborhood bars come and go, appearing out of the ether and then vanishing again as suddenly as radio DJs or flavored vodkas. The challenge each of these taverns must surmount: quickly figuring out what a neighborhood needs, then letting the neighbors know you're there.

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.

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