The long-awaited opening of Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall happened last week with much fanfare. Crowds filled the place to the gills, leaving many waiting outside in the cold to get in. Here’s what you need to know about this new hot spot on Atlantic City’s Orange Loop.
1 There’s a distinct nod to Monopoly. Everyone knows — or should know — that the uber-popular board game Monopoly is based on Atlantic City. Hello? Boardwalk? Arctic Avenue? Marvin Gardens? The folks at Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall designed their logo and menu to replicate images, with some menu items like the lobster tater tots and the Mexicali (a bacon-wrapped hot dog) even having a picture of one of those cute little red Monopoly houses next to them, indicating a “house” specialty.
2 The beer list is bananas. From the “cheap stuff” like PBRs and Miller Lites to some seriously outrageous Belgian Barrel Quad and Dankwood Red Ale, this place has it all. And it’s not even pretending to be all about the local breweries. Boasting 40 taps and about 100 bottles and cans, you’ll find beers here that you’d have to travel miles to find in places such as Vermont, Georgia, California, Colorado, Ireland, Germany and beyond. They even have their own beer app — Untappd. Hell, even the urinals look like kegs.
3 It’s the centerpiece of the “Orange Loop.” Tennessee Avenue, aka the Orange Loop, has become THE place to be among the hippest of hipsters and those trying way too hard to be hip. With small businesses popping up in recent months, from Hayday Coffee, The Leadership Yoga Studio, MADE bean-to-bar chocolate shop and the new New Orleans-inspired Bourre restaurant, Tenneesse Avenue fills a much-needed gap — a place where folks can chill out, watch a game or play some games (pinball, pool, video games) and, of course, grab a brew.
4 The menu is “down and dirty.” Conceptualized and executed by Chef Charles Soreth, former owner of Sublime Seafood and executive chef for BR Guest Restaurants Sammy D’s, Bill’s Bar & Burger and Dos Caminos, the menu features hot dogs such as the Oriental Avenue Dog with homemade kimchi, piled-high burgers like the Hell in a Bucket — essentially a pork roll, egg and cheese on a burger on an English muffin — German-style hot pretzels with IPA beer cheese, Soreth’s famous Phish sandwich and tacos, big plates such as steak frites and chicken paillard and more. Order a drink off the over-the-top cocktail menu and you’re set for the night.
5 What weather? Party all year long inside or out, as “The Tenn,” as they like to be called, has a gorgeous backyard complete with a custom-built firepit. You’ll never want to leave.