Review: Frisco Tap and Brew House in Columbia
Columbia's Frisco Tap and Brew House opened in December to what owner Adam Carton called "gangbusters" business.
The bar, which is located in a strip mall, is the new, larger home of Carton's Frisco Grille and Cantina,
which remains open in Columbia as well*.
It's three times as big as the old location, has 30 more taps, and expanded parking.
Last week, I went to review it. Here's the top of the review:
The strip mall bar is maybe a rung below the outlet mall bar and just a couple of notches above a dive on U.S. 40.
From the outside, Columbia's newest watering hole, the Frisco Tap and Brew House, doesn't inspire much confidence. It's sandwiched between a furniture store and a BMW motorcycle showroom. At the end of the strip, there's a Batteries Plus.
Frisco looks handsome — wide windows and a tastefully designed facade — just the way a Chipotle can look handsome. But the first hint that this might not be your average, anonymous strip mall tenant is its name. This isn't just a casual carrier of taps, it's a taphouse; one might even say a small temple — a tap-ernacle, if you will.
The rest of the review is here. A video tour of the bar is below:
Photo: Frisco Tap and Brew House (Colby Ware/Special to the Sun) *The old location closed in December, Carton confirms; due to a miscommunication, this post indicated otherwise earlier.