In a town that shuts down early, Off the Wagon Brewery and Kitchen is an exception, opening most mornings at 11 a.m. and closing at 2 a.m. It’s an all-day, all-night, every-day hangout, with pool tables, a stage for live music and a fleet of TVs showing just about every sport imaginable. The events calendar is stacked with trivia nights, karaoke nights, deals on drinks and food and plenty of local bands and DJs.
Owner Tommy Villani opened the bar and eatery in 2015. It mushroomed last year, when Villani partnered with Scott and Corey Harper to add a brewery, Venice’s first. The couple had been active home brewers for years. Now they’re running a micro-brewery that cranks out an impressive range of beers served at Off the Wagon. You can’t buy their beers in stores or at other restaurants yet, but you can fill up a growler to take home. The brewery offers a mix of staples that are always available (an IPA, a pilsner, a porter and more), plus others that rotate in and out (a blueberry sorbet sour, a Mexican lager, a peach pale ale and more).
The food menu includes predictable pub fare, such as burgers ($11), tacos ($11-$13) and sandwiches ($8-$13), plus more surprising dishes, like a ravioli of the day ($16) and even ramen ($15). An order of ramen comes in a bowl as big as an Olympic-size swimming pool; the broth is thick with noodles, shredded pork, mushrooms, crunchy bok choy, green onions and soft boiled eggs. It pairs nicely with a pint of 3 Bridges’ hoppy West Coast IPA ($6.50) and a pick of college football games on the tube.
Off the Wagon Brewery and Kitchen | 2107 Tamiami Trail S., Venice | (941) 497-2048
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