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New casual Midtown bar highlights craft beer and edible cocktails: Enjoying the Good Life

New casual Midtown bar highlights craft beer and edible cocktails: Enjoying the Good Life

Good Life Bar & Kitchen, front, sign
The Good Life - Midtown Bar and Kitchen comes to you from the brothers Van Delden. Photo by Adrienne Raquel
The Good Life Bar, Kitchen, mason jar, LUX Lemon topped with blackberry foam and rosemary sea salt
The "LUX Lemon," topped with blackberry foam and rosemary sea salt, seems to be one of the tamer of Mason jar cocktail offerings. The Good LIfe - Midtown Bar and Kitchen/Facebook
Good Life Bar & Kitchen, patio
The Good Life aims to be "the polished neighborhood bar with an outdoor patio." Photo by Adrienne Raquel
Good Life Bar & Kitchen, front, sign
The Good Life Bar, Kitchen, mason jar, LUX Lemon topped with blackberry foam and rosemary sea salt
Good Life Bar & Kitchen, patio

Jeff and Darren Van Delden, the same brother entrepreneurs that brought you Red Door, Saint Genevieve and the shuttered Sawyer Park (which is now supposedly not closed forever but just "closed for remodeling") have now introduced a cocktail concept to Midtown. 

The Good Life — Midtown Bar and Kitchen officially opened its doors at 510 Gray Street this week, aiming to be "the polished neighborhood bar with an outdoor patio" for area residents and business casual bar-hoppers alike.

 "We felt that there's been kind of a shortage of nice, casual bars versus your typical pub." 

"We felt that there's been kind of a shortage of nice, casual bars versus your typical pub," Darren Van Delden tells CultureMap.

Alongside craft beer and handcrafted cocktails, served in Mason-jar cocktails and outrageously garnished, you'll find "edible cocktails" — which Van Delden described as gourmet Jell-O shots that you can order as a flight — and a food menu that reimagines "down home favorites with a gourmet twist."

Van Delden says that the team worked with chef Kevin Naderi of Roost fame to put together a small bar food menu, mostly appetizers and plates to share, like shrimp wontons, Sloppy Joe hot pockets, bacon and cheddar hush puppies and "Dirty Nachos," made using French fries and barbecue sauce, with a Jack Daniel's ice cream float — made with Mexican Coca-Cola — the dessert offering.

The bar and grill will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Brunch service will commence this Sunday, a buffet-style spread with five different Bloody Mary cocktails and several mimosa offerings. 

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