Finally, here is Beelman's Pub, the newest offering from the prolific and expansive ACME Hospitality Group, which also created Sixth Street Tavern, Library Bar, and Spring Street Bar (as well as the awesome re-tool of King Eddy's Saloon).
Debuting June 9, this rendition of a streetside European-style bar might be their best production: a relaxed and contemporary nod to the architectural work of Claude Beelman, the late architect who designed such iconic buildings as the Eastern Columbia building on Broadway in Downtown. As for the drinks, they're in one sense straightforward and unfussy, like one would find on a street in Paris: beers like Czech pilsners and Italian lagers on tap to a slew of reasonably priced wines by the glass.
But they're also next level in terms of cocktails. Proprietors, LLC oversaw the development of the drink menu, along with head bartender Colin Shearn, who cut his teeth (or ice) at The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (the bar, not the bank) in Philly. The drinks focus a lot more on old world spirits and liqueurs, such as the Rocket Queen, made with lillet blanc, dark berry liqueur, lemon, absinthe and bubbly. Or the House of Jealous Lovers, available on draft and rocking apple brandy, St. Germain, Pineau des Charentes (a French aperitif), Verjus blanc, and seltzer. Phew, a mouthful there, but plenty of deliciousness in liquid form.
Helmed by partners William Shamlian, Michael Leko, and Jonny Valenti, Beelman's Pub is meant to create the charm of a working class spot, with food offerings by executive chef Tom Block (formerly of NYC's Falia) to reflect that aesthetic. Charcuterie, cheeseboard, tarte flambe's, and a pub burger featuring thick-cut slices of bacon. Also, brook trout with almond stuffing and smoked beets with creme fraiche. Definitely not a bad place to catch an early evening snack before heading somewhere else around Downtown. Or stick around a bit, and drink the night away on one of the best new patios in the buzzing Historic Core.
Open 5 p.m .to 2 a.m. daily.
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