While it’s not your ordinary playground game, you’ll definitely want to play a second round. It’s called Hopscotch, Downtown Fullerton’s newest Craft Beer and Whiskey Tavern. With over 100 different varieties of whiskey from single malt Scotch to small-batch and single barrel Bourbons, plus a long list of craft beers, Hopscotch offers something for everyone. I personally love whiskey and felt like a kid in a candy store here.
Some offerings on the cocktail menu included a White Manhattan, Merry Weather, Morning Glory and a 21st Century. My husband ordered an IPA beer and was impressed at how knowledgeable and educated the bartenders (or mixologists as they like to call themselves) were.
The charm in this Tavern can be felt from the moment you walk in. It is housed within Fullerton’s original Pacific Electric Railway Station, built in 1918 and there are quotes on the wall from historic figures such as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin and John Churchill. Mounted elk, deer and ram hang from vaulted wooden trusses as well as a large vintage bicycle that also hangs from the rafters. I even spotted an actual hopscotch game in the restaurant.
If you prefer to sit outside there is a large patio with barrel tables in the front that overlooks the bus depot and the train station. And if you are a cigar enthusiast there is a second patio in the back reserved specifically for cigar smokers.
Interior walls of Hopscotch. Nearly every wall had some sort of quote on it.
Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” was just a sample of some of the music they play in the restaurant.
Slow cooked food is Hopscotch’s forte so we sampled the pulled pork, beef, baked beans, chili mac and cheese, coleslaw and potato salad. The pulled pork was incredibly soft and flavorful. The beef was good and the potato salad and coleslaw both had perfect texture and taste. The mac and cheese was also very unique as it had red chili peppers blended in. It is clear that Head Chef Kent Pawlowski, the former executive chef at Mastro’s, desires to make the food offerings steps above your typical pub grub.
To round out our meal we also tasted an amazing piece of butterscotch cake. It was a coffee crumb cake made with scotch and drizzled with a berry sauce topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
The venue at Hopscotch would be perfect for any event big or small and is conveniently located across from the Fullerton Transportation Center. Hopscotch is located at:
136 E. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832
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