A black-and-white sign with the words "Cocktails. Beers. Food" greets you when you walk past Gashead Tavern. It's a smart combination of words considering that after a long day, that's all anyone really needs.
Above that brief descriptor is the name of the tavern with a gas mask logo. The steampunk theme continues inside, with brick walls, gold lights, dark accents, and a large vintage mirror over the bar.
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The tavern serves up British fare and standard bar options with highlights including fish and chips, bangers and mash, and herb-roasted game with truffle-chive butter. For those who want something simple, Gashead's Burgers -- sliders with beef, caramelized onions, lettuce tomato and "gashead sauce" -- might hit the spot when washed down with some beer.
The cocktail list follows predictable lines and includes a Hurricane, a French 75 with agave nectar, and a shandy made with Stoli blueberry and housemade lemonade.
Even on a weekday evening, a few people sat with food and drinks both inside and outside on a small patio. The staff seemed friendly and willing to help. All in all, a cozy bar for either a quick dinner or a rambunctious night.
Oh, and here's a tip: the locale holds special nights throughout the week. For example, Margarita Mondays offers two-for-one margaritas for $8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Wine Wednesdays, the tavern serves up wine one glass for $5 and two for $8. That special goes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. so good luck having only two glasses.
2351 Mission, 757-0554.