If you've been to a Scotty's before, you probably know the drill. Plentiful beer selection, polished sports bar feel and slightly upscale bar food. The plaza out front is currently under construction to allow for outdoor seating and a stage area with weekly live music during the summer. Everyone agreed that this place is going to do great business later this year as the only downtown nightlife venue with a large outdoor seating capacity besides the Rathskeller. Downtown needs more restaurants and bars that make you actually feel like things are going on late at night. Plus I'm crossing my fingers that this provokes the Dunkin' Donuts to be open 24-hours.
The decor was welcoming, with a classy sports bar feel. TVs in each of the booths were a nice touch in case you want to watch professional curling, dancing with the stars or something else that everyone at the bar is going to yell at you for changing the channel to. We also hear there are TVs in the restrooms. Nice. By far my favorite piece of decor was the antler chandelier.
So now that I've covered the general restaurant info, let's get to the beer. The tap list sits at 30 beers with a few Guinness combinations rounding out the draft menu. The bottle list has about the same number of options, but unlike the draft list, is mostly dominated with yellow fizzy beers. We were happy to see crowd favorites like Brugge Tripel, Rogue Dead Guy, Barley Island Barfly, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Dogfish Head 60 Minute and Bell's Two Hearted on the menu. The words "bud" "miller" and "coors" only occur once each on the draft list and that's a pretty big step forward by itself.
I'm going to go ahead and broach the subject of beer prices as well. I don't like that it is common bar practice to hide the prices of beer and liquor. When a waiter hands you a wine list, it has prices. Why do I have to guess at how much beer is? I rant about this here only because Scotty's is doing exactly what I like to see. They have prices clearly printed for 16oz, 23oz and pitchers. The prices are fairly average, even a touch cheaper than many other downtown locations. If you're curious what that means, here's the draft list and here's the bottle list.
They have a mug club program available for an entry fee of $10 which allows you to drink out of a 24oz clay stein. I can't remember what all the perks are, but I do remember they fill it with any micro for $5 on Thursdays. They also have a Wednesday pitcher special for $7 which I believe is unrelated to the mug club. This place is going to sell more Tripel de Ripple than the Brasserie.
Scotty's opens on Monday with 50 cent wings. We recommend the mini corndogs and Kelly would kill me if I didn't push the school tray lunch thing. She has a weird obsession with elementary school lunches.