On Monday, URBN North Park finally opened their doors and I couldn't be happier. My BFF (and occasional sddialedin contributor) Kristian was hired as a bartender so I decided to pay him a visit on Wednesday night. Much like Bar Basic, the place has an open floor plan with a modern yet warm feel. The brick walls and organic textures lend this to being quite a hangout. I love Blind Lady Alehouse and I think there's enough demand in the area that both places will thrive with their great pizzas and beers. In fact, I saw a BLAH cook at URBN while I was there...it's just another spot where friends and families can congregate.
The pizzas at URBN are for sharing and can feed 2-3 people, or one very hungry person. The prices are reasonable ($15 for my mashed potato with pancetta pizza from the specialty menu) or you can order a plain pie and add toppings as you wish. There's also a great beer and wine selection, with a good range of prices so you can have a tasty glass or an expensive bottle depending on your tastes.
I'm a fan of Bar Basic, but I really don't spend a lot of time downtown, so my visits are few and far between. With the similar layout and menu of URBN, I'm sure I'll be back often. Kristian wanted me to note that families are always welcome and that they serve food until close. If you order a pizza after 1:30 am, you have to take it to go, but you can order right up until 1:59 on weekends, which makes it a good alternative to all those late night taco joints.
URBN is locatedat 3085 University, across the street from U-31.
URBN is open Sun-Wed 5pm - Midnight and Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-2am
You can follow the bar on twitter @URBN_NP, text URBN to 91944 for specials, deals, and info, or check out their website here.