Bay Street Biergarten transports you. No, not to Germany (where are the lederhosen?)–but it does make me feel as if I am in a big city, such as New York or DC. I definitely didn’t feel like I was in Charleston. Why you may ask? First of all, the space is big. Unlike most nook and cranny places in Charleston, the Biergarten boasts luxuries such as patio space, multiple booths, community tables, a large bar and a wall tap. And, the wood walls, tables and leather booths made me think of a place my dad would go with colleagues to lunch in the District.
When you walk in you have the option to purchase a reusable card or be seated at a table. I purchased a card, and made my way over to the “tap wall.” I initially put $25 on my card, and when I took my mug away from the wall I was surprised to see that there was only $11 dollars left on my card. That’s right, a $14 beer my friends.
*Note to Biergarten-goers: Either learn how to pour a perfect beer or leave the foam in! That foam is worth ~$5.
BSB is a very social place. I sat at a community table, where people were constantly coming over to place their card on the pad and get beer from the table tap. One would think that the kegs are under the tables. Wrong. The manager told my table that the black tubes that you see on the ceiling transport the beer all around the restaurant. Pretty crazy. I can’t even imagine how they pressurize all these different beers!
Wall o’ Beer
Beer card (which also makes an awesome gift card)
How to have fun: Place card on pad reader, and pull the tap–voila–beer! If you want to know more about the beer, press the iPad screen to find out price per ounce, flavor notes, and alcohol content.
Had to get a pretzel, because when in
Rome, Germany Charleston. The mustard was very dijion-y and very yummy.
The manager recommended: pimento cheese sticks, pig wings and shrimp and grits bites. I was not so excited about the name “pig wings” considering….well, pigs don’t have wings. BUT- they were extremely delicious. Better than chicken wings. Think rib-bites.
Who I would take as my date: Beer lover. Pretzel lover. Social lover.