Not big enough, apparently, as Rotelli closed almost as soon as we finished unpacking.
Sometime late last year, a new restaurant took over the space, called Bocktown Beer. "Oh great, another smoky bar," we assumed, so we never stopped in.
About a month ago, I did stop in, and quickly regretted not stopping in before.
Bocktown Beer has a huge bottled beer selection (around 400(!) types of beer), very good food, and, most important is non-smoking!.
Don't get me wrong. I have always liked Fat Heads and Sharp Edge and Pipers. I like a place with a varied beer selection and good food. But I can't love a bar that allows smoking as being around smoking gives me migraines. A non-smoking area in a bar is still usually too smoky to be really pleasant (though both Sharp Edge's have relatively smoke-free restaurant areas). I'd like to be able to sit at a bar and have a beer and maybe some pretzels without having to run out for fresh air after a half hour. When I travel to Massachusetts or California, I spend more time in bars there because they're non-smoking (and doing good business, frankly).
While the menu at Bocktown isn't huge, they do fine bar food and sandwiches. There are new specials everyday. And the French fries alone are worth the trip. They do beer tastings every Wednesday
evening, and I think there's live music once or twice a week.
I have three minor complaints about Bocktown:
- the bottled beer can be a little expensive. I guess I've
been spoiled by The Beer Store over in Moon, where
the cost of bottled beer for take-out isn't too bad at all.
On the other hand, the bar under The Beer Store is so
smoky I've never even had a drink in there.
- if only it could be a little larger. There's an empty
storefront beside Bocktown, and I wish they'd lease it now!
- I know guys frequent the bar more than women, but there are
TV channels other than ESPN...
Those minor complaints aside, we're now pretty regular customers. So if you're looking for a non-smoking bar with a great beer selection and good food, Bocktown Beer is for you.