Tycoons - The Zenith Alehouse
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Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
The street-level bar is really nothing fancy. It's an old building with what seems to be bank-teller windows converted into a large, central bar with small tables wrapped around it. Old woods, old brick. Yeah, "old" is what they're going for here. I would have rated this really low... until I got down to the basement.
The basement is rockin' an old timey speak-easy vibe and the place is simply magnificent. To get there, you need to find the elevator in the back, and then take it down two floors below the street. There you'll find an old, spacious cellar. The distinguishing feature of the room is a line of load-bearing brick archways, that are really quite striking. The walls are lined with blue brick and the room is dimly lit with wrought-iron chandeliers and indirect area lighting on the walls. To accentuate the beauty and openness of the place, the chairs and tables are low to the ground; the chairs being black leather with rows of brass tacks, and the tables lit with tea candles in snifters. I really loved this vibe. I can't imagine such a beautiful place being so inconspicuous, yet accessible. They cynic in me is worried how this great vibe would be changed by a pack house, but until then, my "5" will stand. Perfect.
Over all, the place seemed really nice, although drab upstairs. There's an air of quality to the place that is palpable.
Service was fine. The friendly bar tender served us at a side table and was extremely helpful.
The beer selection upstairs was just Fitger's brews. When my sister asked if they had anything local, like Bent Paddle, our server said, "No, we have something even more local." Which I found absolutely hilarious, as if the beer being brewed 2 miles down the road just wasn't local enough. XD There was a slightly larger selection in the basement, with a wider range of "local" beer. I grabbed a Surly Darkker.
The food was fine. My sister got the mac-n-cheese with some meatballs on top, and I got the chicken wings, which consisted of 5 full-on, wing-tip-to-shoulder wings. We shared some sloppy joe sliders as an app. Over all, the food was solid and I would like to come back.
The value was reasonable+, but not quite spendy.
If you're near by, check this place out for sure, but absolutely make sure you get down into the speak-easy basement. This is really where it's at.
06-30-2014 19:23:52 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Tycoons - The Zenith Alehouse in Duluth, MN
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