By LARRY VAUGHT
When I travel I love to find unique spots for dining and/or entertainment. But I’ve also found just that type of spot in Danville — The Still at AMBRAbev.
Whether it is food or beverages, The Still has things no other distillery can offer. The Still at AMBRAbev features BOTECO Vodka and Espirito Cachaça but it is the dining experience I love.
“We have a unique experience that offers dining and distillation in a new and exciting way. We produce a portfolio of spirits in house which are served in cocktails and incorporated into our cuisine when appropriate,” said Cassie Baeker, social media and collaboration coordinator. “We offer a wide variety of culinary styles and prices, so there is something for everyone. It ranges from French fries to weekly exotic fish specials.”
The menu features dishes from the U.S., Brazil and more. At dinner last week I had the empanada plate — four fried pocket pastries stuffed with beef, pimentos, raisins and olives — with black beans and rice. We also had a hummus appetizer — The Still makes a different hummus each week — that came with celery, broccoli, warm bread, pretzels and pickled green beans.
Two days earlier at lunch I had a Gaucho Burger slider and Backyard Burger slider. Both have Black Hawk Farm beef — the Gaucho has Brazlian rub, jack cheese, jalapeño, carrots, pickled red onion, Aji Aioli and the Backyard has cheddar, butter, lettuce, tomato, All-American sauce. We finished that with two flaky chocolate empanadas filled with milk caramel and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It was warm and just melted in your mouth.
There’s a full service bar with rotating light colors and a viewing window that enables you to see the copper pot still working while you eat and/or drink. There’s also a large patio, gift shop, spot for private parties and soon there will a tasting room. Baeker says plans are also in the works for a guided cocktail tour.
“Every Thursday we have trivia. It’s a Family Feud style trivia that’s great for families and groups. In the future we may switch up the style of trivia that we offer,” she said.
There are Happy Hour specials and recently The Still had its first comedy show that featured the The Still’s Heather Romero.
“We hope to have more comedy. I really enjoyed it,” said Romero.
There’s also live music at various times including The Non-Filters on Aug. 24 and Larry Bitensky and Catherine Thomsen on Aug. 31.
“We are working to get the word out more since we have not been opened that long,” Baeker said. “We think once people come, they will come back.
Guess what? I did and my guess is that she is exactly right. Reminds me of what happens when you go to Old Owl Tavern in Harrodsburg. Go once and you are going back.
Unique decor, food choices you can’t find at other local spots and a terrific staff make this a fun place to dine.
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For more information on The Still at AMBRAbev (522 Techwood Dr., Danville) call 859-209-2136 or go to https://www.thestillky.com/.
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