Eat casual, drink serious.
That's the simple but appetizing formula at Hops N Scotch, opening this week in Coolidge Corner and replacing dessert spot Finale with copious amounts of draft beers and top-shelf whiskeys.
In case you don't do well with really obvious restaurant names, here's the deal. Hops N Scotch prides itself on a diverse selection of more than 80 varieties of premium whiskeys, bourbons, scotches and ryes to go along with 30 draft beers and another 50 in bottles.
You'll need some time to get through them all, so find one of the comfy leather chairs in the 125-seat bar/lounge (designed by Stephen Sousa of City Landing fame) and start getting acquainted.
If you can still make it up the stairs after knocking a few back, you'll be rewarded by a spacious dining room overlooking Beacon Street and a menu full of classic Southern comfort food like fried chicken with cheesy grits and blackened catfish po'boy.
Finally, someplace where whiskey is an acceptable dessert.
Hops N Scotch
Soft opening next week
1306 Beacon St. (Pleasant St.), Coolidge Corner
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Coolidge Corner
Best bets: Beer-braised short ribs; blackened catfish po'boy; fried chicken with cheesy grits
Brew crew: Draft beers include Stone Arrogant Bastard ale, Victory Golden Monkey, Boulevard Tank 7 and of course Lexington Kentucky Bourbon
Nearby: Otto's Pizza; The Reagle Beagle; FuGakYu