Bantam Pub owners Tim Lance and Richard Baum are opening a hunting lodge-style sports bar in the Old Fourth Ward in either late September or early October. Called Big Game, it will have a menu of 140 rotating items (30 at any given time) with a mix of “trophy fish” and “sustainable herd” meat—think bison and elk—and traditional bar fare like burgers and wings.
“Most sports bars don’t have great food,” Lance says. “We’re in a neighborhood where people want to be catered to a little bit. This will feel like an Idaho, Utah, or Montana sportsman lodge.”
Located at 720 Ralph McGill Boulevard with a view of Historic Fourth Ward Park, Big Game will seat 200 people inside and 70 outside. It will be designed with stone, wood, and leather elements for a “comfortable, cushy, huntsmen lodge feel,” Lance says. There will be darts, pool, and horseshoe, plus multiple TVs playing various sports games.
In addition to featuring weekly specials, the menu will change seasonally. Options may include New Zealand reindeer, elk stew, huntsmen stew with wild boar, frog legs, chicken wings, French pork chops, hot dogs, onion rings, and fries. Brunch Friday through Sunday may include breakfast bowls, sandwiches, a superfood salad, and duck fat duck eggs.
The bar will feature 15 to 20 beers on tap, including local favorites. Lance is trying to bring in Red Army beer from Virginia and Moose Drool beer from Montana, as well. There will also be a weekly wine and cheese night offering half-priced wine with purchase of a charcuterie plate.
“At Bantam, we’ve done well with very basic on cocktails. We know we’ll have to step up our game and have more bitters, elixirs, and frozen drinks here,” Lance says.
He’s also working on an “everyman’s bar” in the space formerly home to Marco’s Pita on Ponce de Leon Avenue. He’s not revealing its name yet, but promises a rooftop deck and “Blade Runner 2049 build-out.” It’s set to open in a few months.