This "press release" arrived in my e-mail.
I'd barely taken my first canned sip when "Come As You Are" boomed through the bar. A good, grungy sign, that. Especially for a place that boasts of being a dive.
Cans is brought to you by the people responsible for Varsity Grill. They've rehabbed their Taboo/Comedy Underground club into a bar pushing canned beer.
Over by some arcade games, there's a stage for a band. A sign near the men's room announces a pool room coming soon. There's a full bar. Free peanuts, too.
Cans offers some good canned Contiential beers: Boddington's, Murphy's, Newcastle and Pilsner Urquell. For canned beer afficionadoes, there's Rainier, Hamm's, Bud Light, Miller and the like. In all, there are 30 canned beers. I didn't spot any craft beers in Cans' cans. (Maybe if Pacific Grill's Gordon Naccarato had opened Cans, canned Gordon IPA would be on Cans' menu?)
On Cans' food menu, country-fried steak, meatloaf and a $6 hot dog caught my eye. So did a handful of craft beers on tap.
I look forward to a second beer and something to eat.
I'll say this: I would have loved to have spent a couple of hours curled up at Cans reading my book by the wall of windows that looks out to Fireman's Park and the freeway onramp that leads me home. I sensed a roomy, yet cozy vibe.
I also must say this: Despite a tasteful bit of beer kitsch and the head of large dead animal mounted on the wall, Cans, at least for now, feels a bit too clean and well-lighted to feel like a real dive.
Maybe that's the point, Tacoma:
Cans -- it ain't your daddy's dive.