Prediction: Avondale will become the hottest nighttime destination within the next year.

In the winter, Mellow Mushroom will be opening a new location in the old Consigning Women spot, and now we hear the guys at Folly Beach Brew Pub will be opening a new bar across from Pearlz, at 825B Savannah Hwy. Suddenly Avondale is getting very crowded.

The new bar will be slightly different than the Folly Beach Brew Pub, as they won’t be brewing in-house, but the new Oak Barrel Tavern will offer a wide selection of craft beers and wine. Co-owner Andy Cope says the Oak Barrel will have a greater selection of brews, and they plan to get into the business of selling growlers of high quality draft micro-brews and craft ales.

Cope says the Tavern’s atmosphere will be laid-back and informal, and patrons won’t be overpowered by noise. At first, they’ll serve small snacks, and hope to dish up some meat and cheese plates once they get settled. An exact grand opening date hasn’t been set, but the goal is to start serving around the first of September.

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