photo: Courtesy of Nick Flandro
Tuman's has been around in many states of rise and fall in Ukranian Village
. The old wood saloon doors, the tin walls, and old chandelier above the bar all exude an excellent charm, even if only some of them are as vintage as they appear to be. But the long, winding passage to the back offers any number of nooks and crannies for your party to tuck into, or a brief space next to the bar (and near the doors to the patio when it’s nice outside) offer some more elbow room for bigger parties.
This same space is also where Tuman's becomes an unexpected dance party on weeknights and special occasions. With a tight space but fun-oriented DJs, the crowd is always packed, sweaty, and minus that irksome rigor mortis that plagues more serious dance floors. And even without a DJ booth tucked against the wall, the normal hour tunes of the place are made of a hip music selection that wears its cool far away from any current cutting edge.
The brews are an impressive list – drafts include Rogue Dead Guy, Bell's, Radeberger, Three Floyd's, Dogfish IPA and more. For those wishing to just have a snack and a brew, appetizers range from the simple but effective fries with curry aoli ($4) to a sweet onion and potato ale soup ($5) to full out meals like whitefish or yellow lake perch ($13 and $15, respectively).
While the pictures on the wall show a very different, moustachioed crowd inhabiting the black and white bar of old, the current incarnation is very lively, very inviting on weeknights, and very much still an alcohol abuse center, so order up.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Dan Morgridge