Nestled into one of the blocks coming back to life below South Campus Gateway, The Village Idiot offers a relaxed neighborhood vibe, a colorful interior and live music on weekends.

Nestled into one of the blocks coming back to life below South Campus Gateway, The Village Idiot offers a relaxed neighborhood vibe, a colorful interior and live music on weekends.

We'll get to all that in a second.

First, let's talk about the bar's most attractive feature, the primary reason I'll be back: $1 PBR drafts at all times. That's right, delicious Pabst out of the keg for $1 during happy hour, at midnight, before a movie. Boom.

All other beer follows simple price points, a system that results from the owners' love of affordable suds and dislike of math. Domestics cost $2. Crafts and imports - seven drafts and about 40 bottles - run $4.

"We figure this is what we want to pay for a beer, so we're going for it," said John Pedro, who owns the bar with his brother Nick. "We don't try to be much - we just want to be a neighborhood tavern."

Said and done since opening to the public May 28.

The space holds a good number of beer mirrors, game-ready TVs and other common accoutrements, but owners opted for some key features to give the watering hole a bit of character.

Most obvious is the graffiti-style floor mural, a vibrant carpet of color by local artist Andrew Kern, who also scrawled the giant river mural at the Blue Danube.

If you're in need of a slice or sub, the bar has worked out a Ravari/Hounddog's-style symbiosis with a small grub shop located next door. The Corner Cookout serves up affordable noshes daily and until 3 a.m. on weekends.

Like Hang Over Easy, the Pedros' Campus diner, this bar has a pretty awesome mission: Promote life's simple pleasures and provide the people what they want.

Bottled Up

The relaxed neighborhood vibe at The Village Idiot means plenty of bottles for the swilling. Here are 10 great labels out of more than 50 on hand.

Anchor Steam

Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

Goose Island Honker's Ale

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

Hook & Ladder Golden Ale

Sam Adams Honey Porter

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Tommyknocker Butt Head Bock