Haywood Tavern recently and was very surprised. From the outside, the place looks like a nice corner tavern a nice large front window and vintage accents. Walking in, there was the large bar and a few booths, but the space was very open. There was a very nice tin ceiling and a hardwood floor which played to the vintage feel of the place. There is apparently also a nice patio in back, but I didn't see it. Based on the appearance, I expected a place that did some good drinks and was a bar and grill as far as food was concerned. I was correct as far as the beer and cocktail list was concerned. They have a good beer list and some creative cocktails. What I did not expect to see were things on the food menu such as Confit of Pork Belly, Raclette, or Parisienne Gnocchi, or Arancini. As the food menu was going to take some time to peruse, I ordered one of their creatively named cocktails, Based on the Short Story "Fire in the Hole" which was made with Bourbon, Mezcal, Benedictine, and Peychaud's Bitters (and an Orange Peel Garnish). It was smoky, citrusy, very smooth and a nice start.
I was very surprised when I came here, but in a good way. Both the food and drink were very good, and the bartender was very friendly and helpful and very willing to offer me samples of things behind the bar that I had not yet tried. I will definitely be back.