A stylish new tavern serving comfort-forward dishes paired with elevated, wine-based cocktails and brew has opened in Downtown Santa Cruz. Exposed brick, wood-paneled booths and Asian-inspired wallpaper add to the public house feel of the Firefly Tavern, with a welcoming, laid-back vibe.
The menu reflects the surroundings, featuring southern staples like red beans and rice. Waffles and fried chicken, cheese grits, Andouille sausage and collard greens are regular featured brunch items on weekends. Creative cocktails employing agave wine, egg whites, bitters and fresh local apricots, house made sangria and other beverages show the unlimited range of options created by the in-house mixologist. Upstairs, a lounge evoking a private library is decorated with leather and velvet lounge chairs and gallery walls featuring mirrors and paintings. The cozy space is inviting and relaxed, providing a peaceful space for dinner, drinks and conversation.