Wilhagan’s Grille and Tap Room
2209 4th Street
Monday through Thursday: 4:00 p.m. ‘til 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. ‘til 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: Noon ‘til 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: Noon ‘til 9:30 p.m.
Happy Hour 4-6:30
Wilhagan’s Grille and Tap Room boasts 8000 square feet, a full bar plus 36 craft beers on tap (rotated regularly) plus 60+ bottled and canned beers, 4 dart boards, 8 pool tables, 23 HD televisions, Tuscaloosa’s largest team trivia night each Thursday, and a full menu ‘til 1 a.m., so you would think owner Bill Lloyd would have plenty to brag about. But…he is so down-to-earth it is quite refreshing.
Lloyd, an Alabama native and University of Alabama alumnus, opened Wilhagan’s in 2001. It was a move that effectively jump-started downtown revitalization, especially in the now-vibrant Temerson Square entertainment district. He brought to Tuscaloosa the same bar and restaurant concept that had proven successful for him in Nashville, where he opened the first Wilhagan’s in 1989 (which is still going strong and is a go-to spot for Crimson Tide fans who find themselves in Tennessee on game days).
At Wilhagan’s of Tuscaloosa, you can see Lloyd’s dedication to and love for his community and the Crimson Tide. University of Alabama football memorabilia and photos cover the walls, and there is even a framed collage of mementos—a gift from a current regular—that honors Lee’s Tomb, an iconic bar that once operated in the space Wilhagan’s now occupies. Lee’s Tomb was a favorite hangout when Lloyd was a student here in the 1970s, and during football season many customers share their memories with him and his staff.
Lloyd even has his own Lee’s Tomb story: it’s where he learned to bartend, so he has come full circle, now owning the very place that gave him his start in the hospitality business.
“Back then,” Lloyd recalls, “you could actually take a bartending class during the interim term. I was already a bartender downtown, but I thought it would be a fun way to earn some credit hours, and the course met right here. I still have the certificate.”
In addition to the huge beer selection and full bar, Wilhagan’s has an extensive menu. Everything is fresh and cooked-to-order: fresh wings, not frozen. Hand-patted hamburgers, not frozen. And, by the way, they serve one of the best burgers in town. In addition, all of Wilhagan’s condiments are made in-house.
But food and drink are just the beginning of good times at Wilhagan’s Grille and Tap Room. If you want to play pool, you can take your time and enjoy yourself because you rent the tables by the hour. Darts are open-play, and Wilhagan’s is also a member of the Tuscaloosa Dart League. If poker is your game, you can play free at Wilhagan’s twice a week: each Tuesday at 7 p.m. and each Sunday at 2 p.m. First place is $100 cash prize while second place is $50 Wilhagan’s bucks.
Once a week, you’ll have the opportunity to try different craft beers at a bargain price: each Wednesday is $3 Pint Night, and you can choose from more than 20 craft beers for just three bucks apiece.
Wilhagan’s Grille and Tap Room is non-smoking and family friendly (all ages allowed) until 10 p.m.
After 10:00 p.m., smoking is allowed and you have to be 21 to enter.
Rooms for Private Parties-yes