The Tap Room
333 Bridge St.
The top of Bridge Street might as well be the top of the world in Vail. There you will find the Tap Room. A sports bar by definition but not in presentation, the classic stone and pine interior creates a warm and comfortable aura with classic Bavarian undertones. Hold the sporting ego, the sports fanatic and the relaxed local are both well served in this casual and conversational environment. The balcony is a great spot to overlook the Bridge Street scene no matter what the season.
Chef de Cuisine Tim Metternick describes the menu as “snotty bar food.” This isn’t your traditional wings and cheese fries menu. They got ’em if you want ’em but the menu offers much more. The goal from the kitchen is to “fuel an active lifestyle” and the menu reflects this directive. They offer a delicious blackened chicken alfredo dish, a flank steak salad, fish tacos and a terrific tuna club (made with sushi grade tuna). The burgers are made from fresh Colorado ground beef which is never frozen. Taste the black- and-blue burger and the difference is notable. Hand-tossed, grilled pizzas bring out the chef’s attention to detail and highlight the Tap Room’s commitment to raising the bar food bar.
Active lifestyle aside, nothing quite replenishes a thirsty spirit like a Patron Silver margarita with Citronage. The house original Chinese chicken salad with romaine cabbage and ginger soy vinaigrette is one of the signature dishes which elevate the menu beyond the traditional. The spicy chicken and sesame-seared tuna lettuce wraps are another delicious choice. Sweet onion cucumber salad, ginger salsa, chili sauce and crisp lettuce cups create a light and tasty summer meal. Don’t count out the tuna club served with a fresh fruit cup when the choice is on the line.
Tidbit Tuesdays all summer long stop in for a burger and a pint of beer for $5. Start the weekend off on the right foot at FAC with 50-cent Coors drafts. That’s right, two beers for a buck. Needless to say, hardworking locals flock to the Tap Room on Friday afternoons. The bar opens at 11 a.m. and the kitchen at 11:30 a.m. and they serve food until 10 p.m.
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