What: Half Moon Bar & Grill
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily
Address: 714 S Lewis Blvd.
Bio: Just off South Lewis Boulevard, near the north end of what is now Pulaski Little League Park, used to be a crescent-shaped body of water known as Half Moon Lake. Before the lake was eventually filled in by the city in early 1970s, a place known as Half Moon Inn overlooked the water.
The property changed owners and names throughout the years, ultimately becoming Half Moon Bar & Grill – a nod to the space’s old history. It opened its doors in November 2013, headed by owners Amy and Steve Weimer. The bar has since served as a spot for locals to watch the big game, listen to local music and scarf down some bar chow.
Type: “We’re adult friendly, family accessible,” said Steve. “It’s a neighborhood bar and grill with good food.”
Crowd: Steve and Amy notice a wide variety of customers walking through the doors of Half Moon Bar & Grill every day. On average, they said, people in their 30s and mid 50s usually frequent the bar. When Half Moon hosts live music, a younger crowd is sure to follow. Almost every kind of customer has made a pit stop.
“We’ve got construction workers, doctors and lawyers that come in here regularly,” said Steve. “People like that smaller vibe when they come in here.”
Atmosphere: The yellow and blue walls are adorned with music-inspired decorations. Framed album covers of bands and musicians like AC/DC, David Lee Roth, Alabama, Guns N' Roses, The Beatles, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen and Tommy Bolin hang on space above the bar.
Posters of Slash, Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash share space with paintings of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. A white statue resembling a distant relative of Colonel Sanders wears sunglasses and stands next to a jukebox. Tall, black tables are positions around the main floor of the bar.
Food: Half Moon has an extensive menu of creative bar food -- from the Irish-inspired Dublin Nachos with corned beef and sauerkraut to finger-lickin' chicken wings complete with an eclectic batch of sauces like Georgia peach honey mustard, Jack Daniel's chipotle and sweet Thai chili.
The bar and grill is known for adding menu specials during holidays and other events; food items like a Hot Brown sandwich, a Louisville favorite, are available specifically for the Kentucky Derby and corned beef and cabbage is a staple dish for St. Patrick's Day.
Recently Half Moon has been serving a fully loaded breakfast burrito (eggs, peppers, onions, sausage, tater tots and covered in chicken tortilla gravy) on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
"It's a good hangover cure," said Steve.
Entertainment: Customers have the usual entertainment options such as pool tables, dart boards and a jukebox.
Live Music: But if a bar is going to cover most of the walls with pictures of musicians and album art, then live music is a must for entertainment. With summer just around the corner, local bands and artists will begin to perform more frequently at Half Moon.
"Every Thursday in May we have music," said Amy. "Then we'll have more every Thursday in June and then every Saturday in June."
Outdoor Beer Garden: Most live shows will take place in the outside area behind the bar, complete with plenty of tables and chairs and tree branches overhanging the grounds.
"We're hoping that kind of thrives," said Steve. "Get people, especially from the Morningside part of town, some good entertainment, have some dinner, a couple drinks and live music."
Beer Selection: Behind the bar are eight handles on tap -- basic domestics, a rotating selection of craft beers and the always available Guinness.
"We got a selection of craft brews and imports in bottles," said Steve. "IPAs are always popular with hop heads. We definitely sell more domestic than craft beers, but people are getting a little more adventurous and trying better and better beers."
Liquor Selection: "We have 31 different flavors of vodka and 40 different flavors of whiskey and scotch and 10 different tequilas," said Steve.
Captain Morgan and Jack Daniels are among some of the more popular brands among Half Moon customers.
Popular/Signature Drink: Much like the holiday- and event-themed food options, Half Moon will also create specialty drinks for those certain occasions. It can be anything from a minty Christmas martini to a special breakfast shot for St. Patrick's Day.
"We did hurricanes for Mardi Gras," said Steve. "We did mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby and German beer for Oktoberfest. Dollar-fifty Bloody Marys and Mimosas on Saturday and Sundays."
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