Small, dark, dank, crowded, hot inside. SHHHHHH!
Drinking Youngs Chocolate Stout makes it all a heavenly experience!
I had not been to Burp Castle in years, and honestly, not much has changed. Still has the terrific and fun murals of Monks engaged in all kinds of scenes and religious scenerios on the walls. Dark woods and barely enough room to move when crowded. A few small tables on the inside, and a strange gated outside porch area to hang out in. There was music playing when I was here but not too loud. Always a bit warm in here as there really is no AC and just a few ceiling fans. Dimly lit and a bit mysterious. As soon as the sound of conversation and laughter rises to a crescendo the bartenders admonish us to pipe down.
Can’t help it but the “Shushing” stuff that goes on here still makes me giggle. Each time the crowd got too loud the bartenders gave out an demanding SHHHHHH! A few patrons would also follow suit and do it. Then the whole crowd would get quiet for awhile until the volume slowly rose to a fever pitch and the SHHHHHH would start again. Yeah, it’s kind of hokey but that is part of the charm and history of Burp Castle. It’s the kind of novelty spot to catch a drink over conversation while not getting totally hammered and boisterous.
No hard liquor is served here, but what they do have is an exemplary selection of hard to find beers on tap, usually Belgian style, that rotates weekly and seasonally, and a quality selection of Framboise and Lambics. Usually has around 8-12 beers on tap in the $6 – $10 range. Bartenders are knowledgeable, and will offer good insight about each beer. What I also like is that there are no tv’s here. Definitely a place to converse in low tones and enjoy the beer rather then watching sports or some mindless program. Had a few pints of the Chocolate Stout and one “shushing moment”. I was content and happy.
With a smile on my face I laughed as I walked out. Still funny after all these years. Even if the bartenders no longer wear the monks robes. Yes, back in the day they wore monks robes. It was a classic look.
Also, please be aware that this place is filled with guys. Sausage Fest. Definitely not meant to be a place to meet girls. Even though there was a mixed crowd on Friday night it was more like 4-1 guys to gals, and those girls came here with boyfriends. So single gentlemen be warned, and keep it down!
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