Friday, July 22, 2011

First Girls' Pint Night Out at The Art Bar on Main

The Art Bar on Main opened back in early May and I've been dying for a chance to check it out.

Enter a new Meetup group, Greenville's Girls Pint Out. Normally I'm not big on rushing downtown after a long day of work, but the first event they posted - a beer tasting with cheese pairings for only $10 - was right up my alley and I couldn't say no. Needless to say, I'm glad that I dragged myself out last night!
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The Art Bar is above all a great concept. Located right on North Main downtown in a narrow three floor storefront, it is decorated with some truly interesting artwork by local artists (most of which, from what I could tell, was for sale). With eclectic - but not too big - beer and wine menus and a smattering of tapas-style food options (try the French-style flatbread with artichoke hearts, goat cheese spread and carmelized onions! it's amazing), the great thing about The Art Bar is that they aren't trying to hard. And yes, that's a good thing! They are doing what they do well rather than giving patrons too many average options.

Top all of that off with some amazing happy hour specials (half off bottles of wine and $2.50 quality beers such as Bavaria, Duck Rabbit and Thomas Creek - just to name a few), which run from 4 - 7 PM every day (even on Saturdays!) and all I can say is that I will be back.

As for the event itself - for $10 they started us off with a bottle of Bavaria and moved on to tastings of four different beers. The tastings were served in large shot glasses and paired with delicious cheeses, crackers, salami and chocolate from Whole Foods. And one of the best things about this event was that a portion of the proceeds went to Meals on Wheels Greenville! Pint Night Out lasted about two hours, but when it was over they announced that happy hour specials would continue all night long for those of us who had participated.

The proprietors of Art Bar were on hand to talk about their restaurant and chat with the customers, which added a truly friendly, open feel to the place. Let's just say that this is another great downtown establishment, so whether you stop in for happy hour or check out a future Pint Night Out I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

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