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Happy Hour: Draft Republic

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It’s hump day and nothing gets me more excited or motivates me harder to push through the rest of the work week than bar food & booze!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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From left: The Socialite martini, The Lobbyist Mule & Federale Mule. Forgot which beer my friend got.

I am thrilled that they converted the La Jolla Strip Club (I know what you’re thinking people! But no, it was a restaurant) to a sports bar/pub. I think it’s a great addition to the neighborhood. Eureka! Bar across the street has a spectacular full bar and menu but it’s just too pricey and fancy for frequent visits. A few friends suggested to give this new place a try and I loved it so much that I’ve become a regular.

36 beers on tap and bacon on a stick?…I AM ALL IN!! In addition to that, they have game tables to keep the fun rolling and lots of TVs for sports fans. I love the decor and chill vibe of this place plus it’s kind of nice that they have tons of seating.

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Crispy Maple Bourbon Bacon Sticks w/ apple chips

I walked in expecting mediocre bar food and throw-it-on-a-plate type of plating (like many other bars) but was pretty impressed when that wasn’t the case at all. Everything was really delicious except for the pulled pork but they just opened in November so I’m pretty sure they’re still in the process of working out all the kinks.

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Crispy Brussel Sprouts w/ goat cheese & apple
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Hanger Steak w/ grilled on-the-vine tomatoes, jumbo fries, & onion jam
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Wedge Salad w/ smoked kielbasa, heirloom cherry tomatoes, fig jam & blue cheese
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Hotter Than Hell Burger (signed waiver required) – grass-fed beef, italian sausage, pickled jalapenos, ghost pepper jack cheese & habanero jam on brioche bun

I thought it was fun and hilarious that they made my sister sign a waiver for the Hotter-than-Hell burger. It wasn’t spicy but then again, we’re Asian so our tolerance for spicy food is pretty high ๐Ÿ™‚

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Butter braised mussels

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Big Plate o’ Pig: two house-made sausages, smoked pulled pork, maple bourbon bacon, sauerkraut, potato salad, ipa whole grain mustard, bbq sauce, white bread
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Cinnamon Apple Crumble w/ dulce de leche ice cream & butterscotch
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House-Made Espresso Buttercream Doughnut w/ espresso ice cream
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Chocolate Tart w/ orange marmalade
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Bloody Mary

Their motto: “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of beer”.ย Cheers bc it’s almost the freaken weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading guys.

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  1. Cat Cat

    The food looks amazing!

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