I did it.
I sat at a bar counter.
I was awaiting a takeout order and pulled up a stool. Nothing happened, no one asked me to leave and no one came over and told me I was breaking the rules.
A surprised bartender said, “I don’t even know how to act. You are my first customer at the bar since last June.” He didn’t know how the evening was going to play out but said, “I have hope that things are only going to get better.” I agreed.
It’s very freeing, climbing on to a seat at the bar after a year. Try it while checking out these lively places.
Rubber Soul Brewing Co., 136 S. Hanover St., Hummelstown, 717-220-1741
Move over Troegs, there’s a new brew kid in town (well, the town next to Hershey anyway). Robust, multi-nuanced brews made in-house range from the always popular IPA “dry-hopped with citra and bursting with pineapple, peace and coconut”, a very drinkable and refreshingly spiced Czech-style pilsner to a “sticky bun inspired stout.”
Sit inside at this cool, former municipal building space, either at the custom, copper-etched bar or at tables spread across patterned concrete flooring with (weather permitting) garage doors open. The hearty menu features appetizers, soups, salads, pizza and sandwiches.
Even if you are not a beer drinker, the food stands equal with the brews in bold flavor and quality. Crisp and flaky pizza crusts spin out of the brick oven with delicious toppings such as artichoke pizza garnished with black olives, mixed greens, mozzarella…