As of last week, Eugene staple McMenamins North Bank opened its renovated bar under a new name: the Kapu Hut. Don't fret — only the bar has changed, the rest of the pub (including outdoor seating) remains the same.
A press release describes the new "South Seas" venture:
"Extensive redecorating has been put into the bar’s atmosphere evoking Polynesia elements of many wild and exotic locales. Bamboo walls surround the space and décor includes antique masks from Papua New Guinea, Japan and Africa. To accompany the new themed atmosphere, the Kapu Hut now carries over 60 rums and an entirely new cocktail menu ... From the classic Mai Tai to McMenamins Billy Whiskey, there’s bound to be something for everyone."
Above: Kapu Hut signature cocktail the Pesco Sour. Photos courtesy of McMenamins/Kathleen Nyberg
A lookover the extensive libations menu includes the obligatory drinks with silly names such as the "Suffering Bastard," made with Gables Gin, Longshot Brandy, Fever Tree Ginger Beer, Agostura bitters and lime, and the "Fremont Furnace," made with Aval Pota (Edgefield's apple whiskey), Herbal Liqueur No. 7 (also by Edgefield and described as "Distilled with a blend of Edgefield estate-grown garden herbs called the Black Rabbit Magic Potion #9, the spirit is bold with flavors of cinnamon, mint and caraway, balanced with the sweetness of organic birch syrup"), honey, hot apple cider, fresh-squeezed lemon, heavy whipping cream and cider. Damn.
And by golly! Do they have a lot of rums, from Appleton 21 year to Myer's Dark.