2.14.11 Red Drum
GastroPub Restaurant (or what trend is hot now)
Well, I was looking for a topic to write on and was going to write about the upcoming Brewvival and preparation for this event, but we stopped at Red Drum last night after dinner for a beer. Red Drum was at one time, in the dark ages of Charleston, called Red Drum Gastropub and they had a decent tap list at the time. Recently, they changed their name and I think I know why. When the word pub appears in the name, you don’t expect $30+ entrees. I have not eaten here in a while and didn’t really buy into the hype when it opened, the food was good, not outstanding, and the pricing was equal to fine downtown restaurants.
Now onto why I decided to bring this up, the beer selection was ok, but this is obviously a trendy bar scene where cocktails and more common swill rule (they have Dos XX on tap). First off, the beers were $6 for a Coast pint, and $7 for a Stone IPA pint, didn’t see too many people drinking the good beers anyway. Second, with this pricing, you would think they could afford to hire a bartender that could remember the 4 rotating taps. With help from the other bartender, I cajoled the rotating taps out of them, but there was a new beer I was afraid to try, it was called Westbrook which I assume is some new flagship from Westbrook Brewing or a blend of every beer they make. This happens a lot and it usually goes like this:
Thirsty Patron: What do you have on tap?
Uninformed Bartender charging $7 a pint: Coast (or fill in any other Brewery here)
long pause, awkward silence as the Patron waits for the bartender to finish the sentence
Thirsty Patron: Coast what?
Uninformed Bartender charging $7 a pint: Yes, Coast; it’s a local brewery
Now at this point, the Thirsty Patron has 3 choices, move on to a different beer, play Beer Roulette, or inform the Bartender of his/her mistake for which you will be entitled to Surly Service the rest of the night which is usually short as I tend to move on from these places.
(please note for reporting accuracy, shortly after the cap had been lifted on, hate to say it, High Gravity Beers, the response usually was “Yes, Coast; it’s a High Gravity Beer”
And to be totally trendy, they have wine on tap. Call me a traditionalist, but I like my wine to come from a bottle. So, one more place I don’t need to go. Oh, and their hours suck, I guess when you are charging that much, you don’t need to be open earlier than five on a Weekend if you are located in Mt. Pleasant.
Trivial Items, might as well get my full rant out:
The Valet parking is an effort to make this place seem high brow
There was a four door Porsche in the parking lot, enough said there.
Unless your Bobby Flay or Mario Batali (ie Famous), you don’t need your name in the restaurant title. It’s not like there are five Red Drum’s in Mt. Pleasant. Reminds me of Steve Martin in the Jerk “Oh, this is the best pizza in a cup ever. This guy is unbelievable. He ran the old Cup 'o Pizza guy out of business.”