You and your friends have had it with stuffy gastropubs, but you can’t resign yourself to the mediocre beer and food at a dive bar. Don’t give up on guys’ night out just yet. Round up the boys in Cabbageville at House on Parliament, where the draft list is legit, the food is delicious, and the attitude is laid-back.
You pick up on the old-school, homey vibe as you wait to be seated. Touches like dim lighting, lots of earth tones, exposed brick, and antique maps and photos on the walls create a familiar, den-like feel. In fact, when you sit down at your window-hugged corner table, you’re pretty sure your aunt had a table just like it. You’ve had your beer-loving heart broken many times before, so you hesitantly look over to the offerings, but it turns out to be a thoughtful and efficient list. House on Parliament offers Stella and Guinness for folks who know what they like and stick to it. But you, on the other hand, go for the Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer. It’s creamy and a little sweet, almost bourbony, but the oak definitely comes through. Next to you, your friend is sipping a golden Schofferhofer Grapefruit Heffeweizen, and you wished you hadn’t teased him about ordering such a light, fruity beer because now you want one for yourself.
The food menu is categorized according to cutlery requirement, and a BBQ pulled pork sandwich listed under “Utensils Optional” catches your eye. The spicy shredded pork is perfectly tender, and it practically melts into a perfectly toasted baguette with sweet caramelized onions. As the overstuffed behemoth overflows onto your plate, you know you’ll be using a fork after all — so you don’t miss a morsel.
After a couple more tasty brews and a million laughs, you and your boys decide you’re having too much fun to go home. Luckily, the kitchen is open ’til 1 a.m. When you order a big plate of nachos for the table for dessert, your server doesn’t blink an eye. Hey, it’s guys’ night out, and at House on Parliament, they don’t judge.