Throughout the week, anyone can relax in one of the hammocks available at Irie Bean Coffee Bar’s back patio shared by the brick-and-mortar East Side King on South Lamar Boulevard.
But on Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays starting at noon, the coffee shop turns the outdoor space into a full-blown bar, the South Lamar Social Club, with beer and wine cocktails — a move that owner Raf Robinson and staff made to showcase the bit of a hidden gem that the back patio has become.
The name came from a comment made a few years back by regulars at the coffee bar, Robinson said. “A few friends in the neighborhood said Irie Bean was the South Lamar Social Club because all our neighbors come here,” he said, adding that to transform the back area into a boozy spot all its own, he and the staff had some renovations done to it with more seating and 14 beer taps put in, among other changes.
Beers there include a mix of local offerings from Hops & Grain, Real Ale and Independence Brewing as well as more international suds like St. Bernardus Abt 12, a Belgium quadrupel ale widely regarded as a world-class brew.
Although Irie Bean doesn’t have the license to sell liquor, Robinson said the staff has had fun making wine cocktails instead with the help of a frozen drink machine.
“We wanted to get a little adventurous with our wine menu,” he said, adding he drew inspiration for the frozen cocktails from Zocalo Cafe, a Clarksville-area interior Mexican restaurant where he used to order frozen sangria.
The South Lamar Social Club has 7 wine cocktails on the menu, including a frozen margarita made with an agave wine, a watermelon moscato featuring fresh watermelon pureed in-house, a blueberry mojito with moscato instead of rum, and a white sangria. All of them, he noted, are suited for summertime sipping.
Pair a pint or one of the frozen drinks with food from East Side King next door and Irie Bean Coffee Bar’s new beer garden offers something pretty special, Robinson said.
South Lamar Social Club, 2310 S. Lamar Blvd. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. www.iriebean.com.