There's nothing that makes me happier than a new beer bar opening up. In the last few years, more and more places are focusing their energy on a good beer menu while maintaining a high level of service. One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale is an exemplary beer bar with a huge beer selection as well as an impressive whiskey collection and a great menu.
Since the focus at Betty's is on beer, let's start there. With 40-plus beers on tap, there's quite literally something for every level of beer drinker. If you like Michigan beer, there's at least 20 taps with your name on them. Want to travel around the world on a beer tour? That's not a problem either. The other half of Betty's taps are dedicated to domestic and international beers – most of the craft variety. Don't like draught beer? That's OK, too! Betty's has over 100 bottles.
Although the beer menu (yes, there is a separate menu) has descriptions of each and every beer along with its origins, sometimes choosing one can be overwhelming. Six beer samplers are available. Even whittling down your options to six can be difficult, but rest assured that any of the servers or bartenders can be very helpful in making your beer swilling decisions.
Don't let me mislead you to thinking that Betty's is a place only beer drinkers can go. There is a full bar as well and, as mentioned previously, a huge whiskey selection. Admittedly, I was taken aback by Betty's wall of whiskey. Over 60 different whiskeys in one place is enough to make my liver hurt, but if you're ambitious trying all 60 whiskeys might be an adventure worth taking (not in one night, Drunky McDrunkerstein).
All of this drinking necessitates eating, we are being as healthy about this as we can be, right? Betty's menu is booze-friendly, meaning all of the dishes on the menu will pair well with more than one beer and probably a few other libations, too.
All of that booze makes it pretty easy to like One Eyed Betty's, but there's more. The atmosphere is about as laid back as it can get. Lots of TVs, pinball machines (!) and live music (check out their website and/or Facebook page for upcoming bands) make Betty's not just a cool place, but a regular hangout. And for those serious about hanging out on the regular, join "Friends of Betty's." For a mere $50 per year, the Friends of Betty's get a keychain member card, a t-shirt, 10-percent off beer, the right to enjoy members-only "hoppy hour" specials and more. If you're going to be there anyway, why not become a friend? |RDW