Hair of the Dog
One of the most serious beer bars in town.
The buzz: Part of the cluster of bars and restaurants at Mahatun Plaza, including big names La Monita and Whisgars, the idiomatically named Hair of the Dog is one of the most serious beer bars in town.
The decor: This miniscule, bare concrete room provides an intimate drinking hole, whith surgical lighting above the bar, hospital beds doubling as tables and other medical-themed props giving off a haunted hospital vibe.
The music: Nineties American rock reigns supreme here, while you can also request songs, too.
The crowd: Loads of expats from the US Embassy dropping by for an after-work drink, before being joined by Mahatun office workers and robust beer hunters.
The food: Beer-friendly American favorites, made from gourmet ingredients but coming with fast food-like grab-and-go packaging. Highlights are the Naked Burg (beef burger with bacon, B300) and the highly recommended Patty Melt (B320), which features a beef patty on rye bread with oozing cheeses and mushroom. There's no light fare here—other combos include fries 'n' meatballs (spicy lamb meatballs topped on fries, B240) and mac 'n' cheese (B240)
The drinks: Here, they select a rotating batch of 13 beers on tap supplied by all the familiar faces (Beervana, Brewdog and Hopesession), plus rare, exciting beers from the likes of Mikkeller, Amager and Omnipollo. Expect to find drops ranging from Epic Big Bad Baptist (imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and coffee) to Ol Yeastus Christus saison, Mikkeller American Dream lager and Modern Times Mega Fortunate Islands double IPA. According to the owners, the variety of brews on tap are carefully chosen to provide every customer with a drink that fits their preference. Prices range from B180-430.