We had to try out Tom Condrons new venture last night. I had been in before it opened and was impressed,as I easily am, with the beer decor all over the place. This includes empty kegs being used for vertical supports,and what looked to be old pallets as walls and ceiling. The dividing wall in the dining room has the appearance of beer with a foamy head. Lots of barleycorn images as that is, I believe, their logo. The kegs,many of which appeared to be Coors, are separated by light "rings". I believe that using these kegs for structural integrity a much better use than transporting swill. But I digress. A very nice beer list with perhaps 20 selections on tap and 50 or so bottled beers available. That was good for me,but SO insisted that we eat too. First thing was to try chicharones, though organic fried pork skins is what they call them. I think that this was the first time I had eaten them warm and seasoned with light salt and enough pepper to wake up the taste buds, they just kind of melted in my mouth. French onion was the soup and it was delicious. We also shared a plate of fat Angry mussels that were again really well flavored with a touch of hot spice. With just enough room left for salads, The Liberty with roasted pears and pumpkin seeds for me and an Iceberg with really sweet bacon for SO, we were sated. Rats, no room for dessert! The entrees all looked appealing and will require a return. The menu includes sections of pub fare, appetizers,entrees, and sides.
The dining room is very comfortable and conducive to conversation. I was really kind of surprised that we could carry on a conversation at normal voice levels with the "hardness" of the decor.
Service was very good and the food arrived in a very timely manner since we were deciding what came next as we ate.
I happen to know that there is a private room and bar downstairs and though I have no idea what their plans for its use might be, I can see in the future, a really good spot for a private function.
The Liberty is in the old McIntosh location on South Blvd.