Westerville once was home to the Anti-Saloon League - enemy No. 1 of fun until 1933.

Westerville once was home to the Anti-Saloon League - enemy No. 1 of fun until 1933.

Many props go to Wendell's Pub, allowed a full liquor license eight years ago, for being one of the first watering holes in the north-side community to serve booze. They celebrated their anniversary of suds-slinging last week and continue to thwart any lingering temperance trends with beer, wine, spirits and an expansive menu to complement whichever poison you pick.

Wendell's describes itself as upscale-casual, and the airy interior offers a beautiful bar with bronze-plated taps and marble surfaces, plenty of tables, a few booths and clean, crisp decor. Perhaps to embody the paradox of their motto, it's got the usual posters of Woody and Frank - but they're in really nice frames.

It's definitely a place where you can enjoy a nice meal without having to sneak off to the bathroom to check the score of the big game. Rolling up slightly more relaxed for a Sunday brunch, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is kosher too.

A large patio in front should get plenty of use during the last few weeks before the cold sets in.

The drink menu is solid: a decent selection of bottles, eight beers on tap and a handful of wines. Domestics cost $3, while import drafts run $4. The bar also figured out the secret to a good happy hour: cheap beer and free pizza.

While downing pints other times, be sure to try out the diverse, expansive menu that includes pub favorites, Italian standbys and other fare. Staff members will suggest the beer-battered fish ($10), though it might be worth your while to try the gnocchi and sausage ($11) or the meaty Pub Hot Brown ($7).

The drink and food menus change regularly, so expect to find a few new surprises if you haven't been there in a while.