Twenty Tap opened this week! Its on College in the spot where the News Cafe used to be. This is how they describe themselves:
"Twenty local and regional craft beers on tap plus locally sourced burgers and bar snacks. At 54th and College in Indianapolis."
The inside is pub-like, with lots of roomy booths, wood paneling, a long bar, and even Cricket dart boards (a personal fave).
They've got an extensive list of beers, as you can imagine, and a pretty creative menu which I wasn't completely expecting for a place so focused on brew. Here's a shot of the menu.
They also have a kids' menu for the Half Pints, as they call them, with some reasonably priced toddler fare like grilled cheese, hot dogs, etc. We settled for a couple of wheat beers (Upland and Flat 12, sorry I'm not more adventurous with my beer!), a Cuban sandwich, and pimento mac and cheese.
The service was friendly and attentive, although when going over the beer menu at one point our server admitted she didn't know much about beer, which took us a bit by surprise! Our food came quickly and it was good--not Michelin star cuisine, but good pub grub nevertheless. I had high hopes for the Cuban sandwich, since as I've said before, I was a HUGE fan of the late great News Cafe Cuban sandwich and Twenty Tap sits in the very same spot. The bread wasn't as buttery when pressed, and the pickles were less sour. Overall a good sandwich and a good value, but I like my Cubans with more mustard and very dill pickles. The fries were excellent--crispy and covered in black pepper--and those were gone FAST! I'd heard rumors of the chef making fried bologna sandwiches, which I ate all the time growing up and would LOVE to try at a restaurant, but I didn't see it on the menu. Boo.
I can see this becoming a favorite among SoBro pub-lovers, especially late-night, which is when we plan to revisit and give the Cricket boards a workout.
I haven't seen a website or Facebook page yet, but here's their Twitter page. Go check it out for yourselves!