Some folks might recall Ortlieb’s as the Third and Poplar anchor in a pre-gentrified Northern Liberties, while others as the Jazzhaus nexus of the local music scene. But no matter what, there’s always going be some guy who remembers it by its unofficial moniker “Snortlieb’s” (in “Snortin’ Libs” no less) for obvious reasons. But when Avram Hornik and his Four Corners Management (of Drinkers’, Lucy’s Hat Shop and Noche fame) bring it back to life as Ortlieb’s Lounge on Tuesday, April 17, it’s going to be a whole different racket. There will be jazz. There will be rock. And there will be a 10-tap draught system pouring craft brews from near and far, as well as a menu of Tex and Mex-inspired chow.
Some of the old Jazzhaus’ original fixtures have been preserved, but Hornik and company have refurbished and revitalized the space, which was once a part of the long-defunct brewery that kept your gramps properly soused with “Joe’s Beer,” breathing in new life and preparing it for its mission of being another lengthy stalwart venue for the eating, drinking and music-enjoying masses. Catfish BLTs, peel and eat shrimp, Ortlieb’s taco, and signature fries and bar snacks are a few of the menu items Four Corners is teasing. They’re saying they will also host a weekly comedy night on Sundays, too.