The end of October saw the shutter finally roll down on the Mad Hatter Brewing Company Brew Tap, although that is not likely to be the end of the tea parties. A change of usage in the Watkinson Street building meant a move for the Brew Tap, in turn meaning no usual weekend frivolities will be taking place. There are plans for one off events at the new premises, so all those feeling rather down in the mouth would be advised to keep their ears to the ground and an eye on the website, especially since the recruitment of Paul Spraget from Weird Beard Brewery will mean something new and exciting has already begun brewing.
The send-off weekend for the Brew Tap was typically boisterous, featuring small pop up food stalls and the provision of cakes from Liverpool Cake Company. A sad loss, but not one forever, thankfully.
The bar itself is great, very colourful graffiti murals adorn the walls, comfortable seating, reasonably priced food (chicken mostly) and reclaimed wood tables and bar all make for quite a pleasant environment. Alas, we’re not really in a shortage for the American diners sprouting up everywhere. The potential is there, plus with the Kazimier Garden already providing a reason to visit that area of the city centre, footfall from Liverpool One up through town may benefit these venues. Kabinett does provide something genuinely alternative, rumour has it that the plan is cheese and wine, something which is welcome as a change of pace and leaves the venue right in the thick of the new excitement discussed above.