Bar profile: Loose Goose Tavern & Grill

  • Photos by Eric Wagner
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From the May 10, 2012 edition

The Loose Goose Tavern & Grill, an already popular summer hangout on Grandview Avenue that opened earlier this year, is beginning to assemble their playground for adults. The Goose already has a number of sand volleyball courts and by the end of June it should have a pool with swim-up bar and a second outdoor bar on the patio.

Inside, there’s fun to be had, too. The worn gray wood tables, benches and bar decor gives off the feeling of sipping cold ones in a South Carolina beach bar. There’s also a skee-ball machine tucked into the corner and a private VIP area called “the Goose Nest.” It’s basically a man cave with leather couches, recliners and a kegerator.

Oh, and I must mention the Lobster Zone game. Remember the claw game that purloined your entire pocket of quarters because you just had to get a generic Ultimate Warrior Wrestling Buddy? It’s kind of like that, except with lobsters. If you pull out a crustacean, the kitchen will cook it up for you, free of charge. The Goose usually serves three or four on a busy night.

Tucked behind a Sunoco, just off the 670 West exit ramp, the Loose Goose is in a slightly odd location, but I’m betting they’re going for “hard to find, harder to leave,” though the Goose’s massive lot is easily visible from the freeway.

Besides the various activities to keep patrons amused, the Goose has a fully-stocked bar and 10 taps. The drafts ($3.50-$5) offer a host of Yuengling beers — original, Yuengling Light, Black & Tan and my favorite, Yuengling Bock — as well as some other crafts and domestics.

The Goose also boasts the most extensive flavored vodka selection this side of Park Street. I’m still not sure why we need so many, but people (mainly young ladies) sure seem to like them. Whatever your poison — Three Olives, Smirnoff, Pinnacle, Grey Goose (obviously) — you’re covered. Shots are $4 for well, $4-$5 for call, $6 for top shelf and $7 for premium.

The Goose food menus sports pub-grub favorites like burgers, sandwiches, pizza and starters. The Goose Wings — not actual goose — are quite large and popular.