Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar had a full house a few Sundays ago as patrons cheered on their favorite NFL teams on the dozen or so flat-screen TVs situated around the new sports bar. Despite its name, Brownie’s is actually a Bengals bar, and the Who Dey fans largely outnumbered any other team. Brownie’s also is a UK bar and will feature drink specials during all games. (They will, of course, also show U of L games, so unruffle those feathers, Cards fans.)
Brownie’s opened in late November and marks the second location for the locally owned bar. The other Brownie’s is situated on Whittington Parkway between Hurstbourne and Shelbyville Road in the East End.
When you walk through the front door, which is just steps from Cumberland Brews in the former Philly Steak and Burger spot, the room opens up into a cozy dining area with a kitchen in full view. As you walk toward the back of the room, up a few stairs, the space separates into a bar room, with a handful of tall tables and a full bar along the back wall.
The draft options include sports bar staples like Coors Light and Miller Lite, along with a variety of craft and local options, like Falls City and West Sixth. The menu is also sports-bar-centric, with quesadillas, potato skins, wings and dips, along with burgers, wraps, fried bologna sandwiches and brats.
The buffalo chicken dip, which is $5 on Sundays, was served warm with nacho chips and blended a delicious, spicy mix of cheese, pulled chicken and wing sauce. The hot cheese fries — your choice of the steak or waffle variety — came smothered with cheese, bacon, jalepenos, wing sauce and ranch. Yes, they were as decadent and filling as they sound.
Other interesting choices included warm beer cheese and pretzels, brisket nachos, a grilled cheeseburger, and double-dipped wings that are tossed in the bar’s signature sauce, refried and then finished with a dry rub. Brownie’s also offers daily plate lunch specials from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brownie’s sports-bar environment is a welcome addition to the Deer Park section of Bardstown Road, a block that offers fine eats and brews at Cumberland, Louvino, the River City Drafthouse and Za’s, but lacks a spot to watch a game.
My only complaint was the use of plastic cups for the 32-ounce beers and mixed drinks, like bloody marys. I hear they’re waiting on glassware, and let’s hope that’s the case. Plastic — unless you’re on a boat — cheapens the experience and does not keep drinks cold.
However, Brownie’s earns “brownie points” for daily drink specials. Take a look at these:
Bud & Bud Light drafts: $2
Maker’s Mark: $5
Tuesday “Local Night”
Falls City: $3
Hipster Repellant: $4
502 Wine: $4
Old Forester: $4.50
Coors Light draft: $1.50
Sheboygan Brats: $1.50
Woodford Reserve: $5
32-ounce domestic drafts: $3
Epic Vodka Bombs: $4
Corona & Corona Light: $3
Sam Adams: $4
Jim Beam: $4
Bud & Bud Light Aluminum Bottles: $3
Domestic Buckets: $10
32-ounce domestics: $4
Bloody Marys: $1.99
Brownie’s “The Shed” is located at 1578 Bardstown Road. It opens daily at 11 a.m. For daily specials, check their Facebook page.