(More) Craft Beer on Mill Ave. at the Handlebar and Grill, Open to the Public Today
|Hand-cut fries from the Handlebar and Grill|
For those familiar with the vibe inside either of Wright's other Mill Ave. spots, the modern feel will come as no surprise. Reclaimed wood and recyclable materials make up what he describes as a "more cozy" patio. The design, complete with park benches and lighted trees channels the feel of a city park. With an open-air bar and high, warehouse-esque ceilings the interior of the space veers away from the dark, dancing atmosphere of other nightlife hotspots.
Lauren Saria Mike, behind the bar at the Handlebar and Grill
In addition to marketing the bar as bike friendly (it seems appropriate to remind you at this point that you can get a DUI on a bike), Wright says the patio is also dog friendly. He added as a caveat that if the idea becomes overly popular, the bar will consider taking "doggie reservations" to limit the number of pooches in the place at any one time.
With a kitchen about the square-footage of a medium-sized walk-in closet, The Handlebar keeps the menu short and simple. Diners can choose from six locally sourced sausages - Schreiner's, of course - all of which are priced between $4 and $6. Other options include a Handlebar Burger; hand cut fries with a selection of creative but simple dipping sauces; and (because you gotta) house made Belgium pretzels.
Starting today, The Handlebar and Grill will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. Starting October 1, the hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information visit the Handlebar and Grill website or Facebook pages.
Lauren Saria The front patio of The Handlebar
680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ