There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan’s recent transformation of 807 Taft from Gravitas into the Pass and Provisions. While dining in the Pass will require some planning (reservations are highly recommended), the delightful, more casual Provisions side can easily be accessed on a whim — and perhaps more important, so can its bar.
Through the door and to the left, the bar greets patrons with open arms and a sleek space elongated by the sweeping lines of the communal table, the bar top and the running conduits of the industrial-style wall lighting. In the early evening hours, the area feels spacious and open, an inviting first stop to any night on the town. Once the sun sets, the lights dim and the space seems to shrink into an intimate room, perfectly suited for parties of two or three to gather for drinks and food.
Provisions features a full list of quality spirits, including some palate-tippling aperitifs, and there’s a lengthy wine list for washing down all manner of tasty treats. Provisions features only two beers on tap, but they’re certain to be fine selections — currently holding residence are Ommegang’s “Rare Vos” and Wasatch’s “Polygamy Porter,” and there’s a nice list of bottled brews, several of which come in perfect-for-sharing bombers. There are even a few “back of house brews” on the list, proof that whether ordering a beer or Byrrh, there’s something for all drinkers.
It’d be silly to neglect talking about all the delicious food that’s offered at Provisions, but that’s a whole other story for another columnist. What is certainly worth noting, however, is that guests sitting in the bar area — whether at the bar or the community table — are treated to the full dining menu, which features pizzas, inventive pastas, exquisite seafood and more.
It’s that option that makes the bar at Provisions a true destination. Stop by for dinner and drinks or pair one of the first-rate cocktails with a brilliant dessert or one of the bread-and-cheese offerings, and Provisions can be the nightcap.
Marc Brubaker is a freelance writer.