My wife and I tried 5 beers, all of which were surprisingly pleasing to both of us, despite that we are more inclined to liquor. There must have been a dozen varieties; more than enough for many nights of variety. The staff was friendly, fast, and helpful in guiding our selections. As a nascent craft beer drinker, personal service helps take the difficulty out of ordering. Despite what the beer snobs out there might say, with the vast variety of european style beer brewing being infused with creative american approaches, a little guidance on what to order is almost always needed.
The setting is perfect. Baum Avenue still has a bit of an industrial feel which contrasts nicely with the beautiful lawn and lighting outside on Green Bench's lawn. There is really no excuse for other St. Pete places that don't allow for outside seating. Of course Green Bench does have inside seating, and with its easily 30 foot wide accordion windows, you still feel like you are outside. I've seen these at some brewpubs in Asheville and it works great at Green Bench.
In addition, there was a great bluegrass/french gypsy jazz group playing outside and a food truck that really had some high quality food. Unlike most bars, the band volume was at a level that allowed me to still talk to my friends. I'm about tired of being in bars where I'm just waiting for the set to end so we can converse again. Of course this might vary depending on the band style, but the night I was there it was perfect. There were a scattering of kids around as well, and we are planning to bring our kids with us on our next trip to GB.
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