Downtown West Palm Beach is easily broken down into two "fun-zones;" Clematis Street and CityPlace. Clematis, I love to get drunk with you. CityPlace, we have had a bit of a tumultuous relationship. Even with the recent addition of Mellow Mushroom, I still felt like you should try a little harder to get me drunk. It appears someone was listening to me and the doors of CityPlace's newest spot, The Brass Tap, opened for the first time last night, giving me a big, warm hug and a new place to drink.
I know what you are thinking: "I already have a favorite place to pour beer down my throat hole, what do I need another one for?" First of all, stop it with that nonsense. Second, General Manager Kyle Schueller puts your concerns to shame by stating that Brass Tap offers "superior service and fine craft beers." There's no arguing there. Hoping to give his bar an "upscale tavern" vibe, Schueller also promises high-end bourbons and scotches as well as a solid wine collection, making sure to please your palate no matter what your poison.
A rather small, limited food menu, has the right options to coat your stomach before tossing back another round of IPAs. Why set up shop in CityPlace as opposed to the more bar-hop-friendly Clematis Street?
"[We] thought it was a fantastic market, especially with what else is opening around us," Schueller said. "We feel very, very fortunate to be in this location."
With over 75 beers on tap, The Brass Tap gives beer geeks plenty of reasons to come back, especially those that take the challenge and become a member of the Brew Crew. For $15, you become a part of the elite squad of people that drink with purpose and you get a T-shirt. As a Brew Crew member, The Brass Tap keeps track of every new beer you try and in addition to different prizes along the way. When you reach 300 different brews, they throw you a party. Not a bad deal.
All your favorite bar requirements you have grown to know and love are also available, including 60 and 70 inch TVs, live music on the weekend and a late close at 2 a.m. Happy hour aficionados have a new place to sink their claws into as The Brass Tap will feature a happy hour with $1.50 off all drafts noon to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Stay up to date on their Facebook page that makes you feel like a regular before you even walk into the bar.
Still in the honeymoon following its grand opening, now is the perfect time to stop by and toss back a few with the super friendly Brass Tap crew and even become one of their first regulars. Schueller knows he has a good place on his hands and they are prepped for the imminent large crowds.
"It's a great place to get great quality craft beer, watch sports, and listen to live entertainment. It's just a good time."
The Brass Tap is inside CityPlace, below Blue Martini at 550 South Rosemary Avenue. Call 561-366-9226, or visit brasstapcityplace.com.
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