- 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Florence, KY, 41042
- Overall User Rating:
- (1 rating)
- 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Wednesday; 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday; noon-1 a.m. Sunday.
My car was in a familiar place (the shop). My friend Dawn gave me a lift so we could check out Holler Hops & Grill; the bar strives to intrigue with its brew and food options.
The look: Grabbing a seat at the bar, the multi-tiered selection of bourbon bottles on a nearby shelf caught our attention (they’ve got a list).
Two flat screens guarded the edges of a boxed-beer bottle parade overhead. Behind us was a decently sized dining area with a small stage in the corner, and another TV.
We dug the laid-back feel but agreed the jukebox’s decibel level made it hard to chat at times.
From our seats, we could see the light begin to fade from the inviting front patio and bar window.
The crowd: The rush wasn’t in full swing so we had the staff to ourselves for a bit. They were talkative, offering drink suggestions and filling us in on an upcoming beer tasting the bar was hosting. (It’s planned for Aug. 2.)
Later, as the after-work crowd filed in, a mix of what seemed like regulars and general guests began to populate the bar, dining area and patio.
During this wave, a dude who introduced himself as “Ben” grabbed a seat next to us and seemed intent on keeping our attention (or maybe, just Dawn’s) with some lively conversation.
The two drinks: From the tap, Dawn ordered a Rivertown Jenneke golden ale ($5.50) while I tried a bottled Brooklyn Pennant pale ale ($4.50) from their craft selection.
After I was through, it was time for a Sawtooth ($4.50) on our bartender’s recommendation; tamer than my first drink, it was a smooth refresher.
The grub: The chicken holler dia ($10) wontons we ordered were a savory starter – the crispy, deep-fried chicken wraps were flavorful (and short-lived).
Dawn especially enjoyed the homemade mint cucumber salsa dip and spicy Sriracha sauce; the Sriracha’s bite had me reaching for the Sawtooth.
Soon after, we’d split an order of their meatloaf cupcakes priced at $12.95 (served on two plates – huzzah!); to get the look down, they’re topped by a swirl of mashed potatoes and sweet red sauce based on chef Maria Pena’s family recipe. Each ’cake came with a short corn on the cob (a.k.a “mini cob”), too.
The verdict: I appreciated the colorful beer selection and food that tries to avert the norm. They’ve got entree specials throughout the week, a happy hour that includes half-off prices on select appetizers, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.