By MARY ORLIN | morlin@bayareanewsgroup.com
PUBLISHED: February 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm Original Article: Click Here

The vibe: If the one you’re wooing loves whiskey or craft brews, this speakeasy-meets-gourmet bistro is sure to spark romance. The copper-topped bar is lined with two dozen shiny silver taps. Wine-barrel staves cover the ceiling, and barrel rings adorn the light fixtures. And when you spot the thick Whiskey Bible, you know: Despite the restaurant’s beer-centric name, this is the church of barrel-aged whiskey. Be sure to check out the barrel-aged cocktail special.

The Beer Baron Bar and Kitchen, with its ceiling made of wood barrel staves, is just the ticket for a memorable first date. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

The Beer Baron Bar and Kitchen, with its ceiling made of wood barrel staves, is just the ticket for a memorable first date. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

The dish: The menu may look like your typical wings-fries-burgers brewpub at first glance. But crispy, tender Green Curry Chicken Wings ($10) are coated in a mild, silky curry sauce. Buttery seared salmon ($18) is beautifully plated, with watermelon radishes and glistening cipollini onions. Order the Baron Burger ($16) just for the crunchy, creamy duck fries (also available solo as a bar snack for $7).

The details: Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday at 336 St. Mary St., Pleasanton; www.beerbaronbar.com.

— Mary Orlin, Staff

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