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The Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen: A Sneak Peek (Photos)

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The opposite side of the restaurant has several larger booths, outfitted with their own, smaller flat screen televisions and a number of tables which also have flat screens in view, even though there are several flat screens inside the restaurant as well as five at their outdoor bar. All of them are flush with the wall, and many are tastefully framed so as to be unobtrusive.

A large, vaulted brick ceiling structure hovers over the large bar area that occupies the majority of the pub's space. Recessed within the structure are several flat screen televisions.

Admittedly at this point, you may be asking yourself, " What's with all of the references to flat screens? Is this place is a sports bar?". The simple answer is, no. That said, if you wanted to stop in to watch a sports game without being subjected to foam fingers, awful his-and-hers jerseys, or loudly shouted (but cleverly laced) expletives, this place would probably be a satisfying option.

The large open bar is lined with dozens of small, brass-colored librarian lamps that cast an inviting, amber glow. The restaurant's extensive collection of unique liquors and liqueurs are neatly housed in a oddly-shaped glass and metal structure. The Royal Pig's expansive wine list is heavy on California wine and there are several international options as well. Upchurch told us that he will be adding new wines to the list in the coming weeks.

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Misha Grosvenor