Change is coming to the Hard Hat Lounge in the form of craft beer and made-to-order finger foods. The dive bar, now under new management through Artist Mafia co-founder Tony Zanello, unveiled limited new offerings quietly last week and rolled out its new full menu on November 4.
Created by Dish Function All Chefs’ Daniel Schneider—who previously spearheaded the menu and kitchen at the Owl—the Hard Hat menu features items like the bacon brie grilled cheese with apricot preserves, balsamic vinegar and basil; a bulgogi burger with Korean barbecue-marinated beef, sautéed mushrooms, daikon sprouts and miso mayo; and a Seattle dog with bacon cream cheese and caramelized onions. Also new is the drink menu, which now features craft beers like Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, Joseph James’ Citra Rye and the Coconut Hiwa Porter by Maui Brewing Company. The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. until “as long as the DJ is spinning,” according to the newly redesigned website.
“My current role is reinventing the Hard Hat,” Zanello says. “It’s been around so long, [but] it hasn’t really changed much. We’re gonna give it a little face lift. The goal is, even though we’re off the beaten path, to fit it into the Downtown scene.”
The bar is currently owned by former Bunkhouse Saloon owner Charlie Fox, who also owns the creative hub Downtown Spaces across the street. Zanello says he hopes the bar will eventually feed off Downtown Spaces and bring more artists through the doors.
Hard Hat is currently home to the monthly Rap is Fun hip-hop show on First Fridays and a comedy open mic on Mondays.
Hard Hat Lounge 1675 Industrial Road, 702-384-8987. 24/7.