Uptown Beer Garden debuts tonight, and it’s kicking things off with a revamped food menu and five new, exclusive beers to celebrate its fifth season.
Located in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Building (1735 JFK Blvd.), Uptown opens for business starting at 5 p.m. today, and will keep things rolling until midnight. On Friday, the beer garden will operate from 4 p.m. to midnight before moving to regular hours next week.
Those regular hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 2 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday, and closed Sunday. In a first for this year, Uptown’s kitchen will be open for lunch (with no bar service) from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
This season also brings five more exclusive beers that parent company Craft Concepts Group’s director of operations Alex Bokulich brewed in collaboration with area craft beer companies, plus the return of Uptown IPA. Last year’s list featured collaborations with breweries like 2SP, Evil Genius, and Pizza Boy, who all returned this year for another round.
Bokulich said the idea behind the brews is to “custom make six products that perfectly suit the drinking trends and proclivities of the Uptown customer” in partnership with some of Craft Concepts’ favorite local breweries. The beers, listed below, will be available on draft only at Uptown and their associated breweries’ taprooms this year:
In addition to the exclusive drafts, Uptown attendees can expect several canned craft beers, like Dogfish Head’s popular SeaQuench and Orbital Tilt from Captain Lawrence, plus craft cocktails like frozen margaritas and sangria.
Uptown will have daily happy hours from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Deals include $4 drafts (down from the usual $7 price point) and $6 cocktails.
Food-wise, Uptown this year has a reworked food menu from executive chef Nathan Kilbride that focuses on “finger foods and approachable sandwiches.” Items this year include starters such as grilled peach guacamole, chicken satay, and fried oysters, plus sandwiches like pork belly banh mis and avocado BLTs. Also be on the lookout for a variety of tacos that include choices like chicken-bacon-ranch and BBQ pork.