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Ashley Belanger

Bar Exam: Wildside BBQ Bar & Grille 


700 E. Washington St.

After work or after hours?

After work

Beer/wine or liquor too?

Beer, wine and liquor

Check all that apply:

(X) fancy cocktails

(X) make 'em strong and keep 'em coming

( ) wine list (5 choices or more)

( ) craft beer

(X) beer: the usual suspects

(X) wide selection of bottles (more than 15)

( ) wide selection on tap (more than 15)

Food? Y

In fact, it's really more of a restaurant than a bar

Smoking allowed inside? N Outside drinking? Y Dog-friendly? Y

Four-legged friends are welcome outside on the patio

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad?

not bad

DJ? N TVs? Y What's on?


Loud music or background music?

Loud indie rock inside; outside, just good eavesdropping

Games? Check all that apply:

( ) pinball

( ) video

( ) pool

( ) darts

( ) other: _________

Essay question: Why I should drink here?

This is one of the longest-established watering holes in Thornton Park, and the people- (and dog-) watching is stellar. As noted above, Wildside is technically a restaurant, not just a bar – but they have no problem with tables who want to kick back with a few rounds of beers and maybe an appetizer. Along with the casual beer-and-BBQ vibe, there is a small menu of "wild drinks," so anyone who's intrigued by the idea of drinking a "chocolate bonfire," for example, can scratch that itch here – but we'd stick to beer; it goes better with brisket.


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