It feels like summer, which always makes me want to get out and try new things. I’ve lived in the Laurel Highlands my entire life and I’m sometimes surprised that it isn’t hard to find something new to do all the time. On a gorgeous Friday night, I’d want to go somewhere with a great big deck, sit outside, and enjoy some live music, but the weather this May has not been cooperating. So, we aimed for a flavorful menu, which landed us at Tapped Brick Oven & Pour House. The experience couldn't have been better.
The restaurant itself has everything you’d expect find in a hipster bar, Edison light bulbs and chalkboard menus, that kind of thing, but with a much better atmosphere. You can go in without a man bun or some flannel and still feel welcome and relaxed. When we arrived, an acoustic duo was warming up in the corner, the place was comfortably packed, and the selection of beers on tap was listed on the chalkboard for the picking, including some craft beers from Rivertowne Brewing and Four Seasons Brewing Company.
I have to confess that I cannot resist a soft pretzel and beer cheese, which Tapped takes to a whole new level. This giant pretzel would have been perfect for a party of four or maybe even six. Two of us could not even begin to do it justice.
The music was fantastic, perfect volume and not an over-the-top performance for a crowded restaurant/bar. The food was even better. These guys know how to make a wood fired pizza. If you sit on the restaurant side, you can see the wood pizza oven and watch the cooks slinging pies.The pizza was perfect. Crispy dough, fantastic sauce, wonderful flavor—everything you could ask for!
The best part of the meal were the mules. Their takes on a Moscow Mule were incredible. A Moscow Mule is ½ ounce lime juice, 2 ounces vodka, and 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer. And lets be clear here, ginger ale and ginger beer are very different things. Ginger beer is similar but fermented. Tapped offers awesome mule flavors, like the sweet cherry mule or the apple and cinnamon mule, which tastes like apple pie in a glass, the perfect dessert and cocktail blend.
I love to support locally owned and operated small restaurants, and I won't hesitate to visit this one again. Learn from my mistakes though, and look at their happy hour deals and daily drink specials before you go. From 4-6 every day, enjoy $5 draft wines, $1 off all drafts, $2.50 bottles, $3.50 Absolute, Captain & Jack, $1 off all Tapped Cocktails. Mondays are $5 Tapped Mules, Tuesdays bring $5 Tapped Martinis, Long Islands and Tapped Log Islands are $5 on Wednesdays, Thursdays are ½ off all wine bottles, Fridays are $4 margaritas, Saturdays are $4 Sangria, and you can look forward to $4 mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys on Sunday.
I’ve been dreaming about that apple and cinnamon Moscow Mule for days. I’ve been looking for an excuse to go back, and I think I’ve found it. Happy hour and dinner at Tapped would be the perfect outing to pair with an evening at SummerSounds, a free concert series in Greensburg’s downtown St. Clair Park. The first concert is this Friday, so I’ve got your Friday evening plans in order! Hope to see you there!