The Cozy Nut Tavern
The Cozy Nut Tavern is frequented by an eclectic crowd, both young and old, and feels like you just stumbled into a strange, dimly lit woodland cottage covered in taxidermied critters where the 12 taps poke out of a log. Most enjoy the primarily U.K. beer program, but some folks go nutty for the list of cocktails. The Boulevardier is a Negroni made with bourbon, the Salty Nut adds Campari and soda to the vodka and grapefruit of a Salty Dog, and The Blackberry Bootlegger puts a sweet, tangy kick of blackberry and orange bitters in a typical Old Fashioned. There is no kitchen in this tiny, metro-side watering hole, so you’ll have to supplement your beer and cocktails with bar snacks like mixed nuts, homemade hummus, and cheese and crackers.
Like the best local haunts, everything here is good, but nothing is nice. The prices are low enough for regular visits, the people and place quirky enough to always ensure an interesting night, and it has something on offer for every type of customer. The tall booths for cozy conversation, big tables in front, secluded patio in back, and long bar are punctuated with taxidermy dioramas, while the cocktails are far stronger and better than anywhere else charging similarly affordable prices. Beers include domestic standards but lean surprising and European. The wine selection is more ordinary, but the ciders stay well stocked, and the food—despite the lack of a real kitchen—is an impressively curreated array of snacks like local smoked salmon and a cured meat stick platter.