Friday, October 21, 2011

Webster's - Kalamazoo's Best Kept Secret of a Bar

I am feeling a little like Indiana Jones right now, as I am pretty sure I have discovered a hidden cocktail mecca in Downtown Kalamazoo during Friday night's Art Hop.  Art Hop is an event that features multiple art exhibits that are open at the same time and are held on the first Friday of the month.  Art Hop is a fun, friendly, informal happening where people meet friends and family for an evening of art and entertainment.  Four times a year, the Art Hop is expanded to include downtown Kalamazoo merchants, and I was honored and thrilled to be asked to be part of October's Art Hop at Webster's Prime Steakhouse Restaurant with Incentive Vodka

The Tasting Room, the "bar" area of Webster's, is an entity of its own, completely separate from the main dining area of Webster's.  Although it is a large room, the design of the Tasting Room is set up to be comfortable and cozy among friends, with group seatings of leather club chairs, comfortable couches, and a large fireplace.  The bar area is stylish and inviting. The Mix-Masters of Webster's, Anna and Anne, are the goddesses of the bar, and they work gracefully and passionately creating the perfect cocktail and other libations for their guests. 

The Tasting Room's small bites & sandwich menu is eclectic, very friendly on the wallet, and sources its ingredients locally.  The chefs show their passion in these offerings. We had the seafood sampler appetizer; it was so good that we ordered another to keep the dance party going on in our taste buds. Webster's Tasting Room takes pride in offering flights of Michigan-produced spirits, as well as a large assortment of seasonally-changing Michigan microbrews. It's a great place to grab and share a few appetizers and libations with friends.

The Tasting Room also features live entertainment, and Friday night's lineup was spectacular. Joel Rydecki rocked out on guitar until 8 pm, and then Joe Wang and the Test Pilots (complete with a stand-up bass player) played from 8pm until close.  Nice accoustic music stylings playfully set the stage for an evening filled with magical tunes performed by local Kalamazoo musicians.

Mixology demo with Incentive Vodka - celebrating the perfect PURE MICHIGAN Autumn Day in liquid form with the Autumn Harvest Cobbler (see recipe blog posting). The crowd loved learning the history behind Cobblers and were absorbing all that Webster's had to offer - great food, great atmosphere, great entertainment, and great cocktails. This is the kind of place to go for a nice, quiet and cozy atmosphere filled with passionate food and drink.

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