Photo Tour of Strangelove’s

Strange Love tops the bar.

Strangelove’s is set to open tomorrow, April 23rd. Yesterday we were invited to check out the two-floored space from the team that has brought us Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Resurrection Ale House. The new space is their most ambitious yet, with 22-taps and a menu that will appeal to vegans and meat eaters alike. Brendan Hartranft promises a beer list that will always be worth a trip and judging by what was coming out of chef Paul Martin’s kitchen, there will be worthwhile food to pair with those beers. We tried the oh-so-buttery O. Redenbacher’s chili dusted popcorn and rueben croquettes that featured a Russian dressing that was distractingly good. We also downed a roasted turkey grinder with muffaletta spread that truly satisfied and finished it off with a lemon icebox cream pie, that we kept eating despite being way too full.

The grand opening kicks off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with complementary bites from the menu and a really impressive opening tap list.

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  • OmarComing

    Looks… not as good as before.

    • blubber

      As good as that craphole Doc Watson’s?

  • Hipster

    Always great beer, but a most of their places lack any sort of atmosphere and this does not seem to be an exception.

  • Dan

    Wow that is a lot of the menu dedicated to the vegan/veggie set. I am still very much looking forward to the place, but the menu is kinda blah if you are an omnivore. I will reserve judgment because Resurrection has rarely failed me and Memphis is pretty good as well.

  • jr

    amped on it

  • Won’t Be Going

    I enjoyed Local 44 for a few years following it’s opening,
    and also had a few good experiences at Resurrection Ale House and the Taproom, but haven’t been able to stomach the thought of patronizing any of Brendan’s establishments for some time now. The
    man is truly unbearable. On more than a few occasions I either experienced, or directly observed, him being inexcusably rude to the customers who were putting money into his pockets. It’s too bad because Leigh was always pleasant, and the initial bar and management staff at 44 were great. They might still be…

    • Boo-urns

      Hmmm, never experienced that myself. Not saying it didn’t happen, just saying that I don’t think that’s his normal demeanor. Everyone has an off-day, and sometimes customers can be righteous arseholes. Leigh is a sweetie, though, for sure.

      To Hipster, not really sure what you’re looking for in terms of atmosphere… I guess because his places aren’t utter crapholes like the P.O.P.E.?

    • jbette01

      HA! This comment just made my day. Leigh is amazing but Brendan stopped getting my business a long time ago for all the reasons you have described and more. Nice to know someone else sees it.

    • $20593331

      You aren’t the only one feeling that way. Leigh Maida and Brendan Kelly are really good people. Sadly. Hartranft is a dick and I’ve seen him be incredibly rude to some of his guests. Maybe he should start being a behind the scenes man only. I would go to this new spot if I knew he wasn’t working.

    • Me Either

      ehh, Leigh is just as cutting, and dismissive as Brendan – they truly are made for each other. Brendan Kelly, however, is a fantastic human being – the kind of “salt of the earth” person that Brendan Hartranft likes to portray himself as.
      I would patronize any bar the Kelly opens, on his own, all o the time.

  • Josh Mckibbin

    Those are some ugly ass paintings

  • Tracy

    I went last night – had a great time. The staff was very friendly and out-going. The crowd was decent (except the douche that knocked into me and made me spill my Bitches Brew on my pink jacket), the beer selection outstanding, and the food samples were excellent. That popcorn is absolutely delicious and addictive. Only complaint – no Pliny the Elder (they are expecting it this weekend).

  • Fan

    Very refreshing after the past 2-3 tries in that space. No pretense. Great food. Great atmosphere.

  • Dan

    I don’t know guys. Was there yesterday. Wasn’t feeling the food or the tiny beer pours.

    They have these fancy wine glasses and fill them about half way with a ton of foam and charge 7+ for beers.

    Maybe if you’re a vegan it is good. But the wings were average, the burger was fine but kind of a weird food combo (goat cheese is a poor choice and the fried green tomato was flavorless and hardly fried, the fancy sauce just tasted like ketchup), the chips that came with it were soggy and stale. The reuben croquettes were good, but not crazy good. They did have a nice crowd. Maybe my expectations were too high.

  • Ernie

    Had the best time and the best beer and the best meal in town last night at Strangelove’s…great, great place – loved it…cool, cool, cool!!!

  • Shut It

    Whether you like the place or not, i imagine it will last longer than the last three places there.