Up & Under goes over and above as neighborhood hotspot

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Up & Under goes over and above as neighborhood hotspot
The Up & Under is located at 2 W Richmond Ave. in Point Richmond.

By Zach Chouteau

It can take decades for a pub to establish itself as an iconic local hangout, but Pt. Richmond’s Up & Under rugby-themed bar and eatery has clearly hit that mark in its eighth year.

The ‘Rich Life’ segment dropped by on a hopping early Friday evening recently for a family dinner outing, and was pleasantly surprised by the family-friendly vibe and well-worn feel of the establishment. Our six-year-old son was one of many younger kids dining out, including some youngsters who looked fresh out of a youth football league game.

While this reporter has hung out numerous times at the popular pub, this was the first time trying out their robust menu of tavern fare. Family favorites were definitely the appetizers (in particular the fried pickles and onion rings), and the burger on a brioche bun was another highlight. Service was perhaps expectedly spotty, given the growing crowd of diners, but also warm and welcoming.

Helping establish the Up & Under as a community hub have been its frequent slate of events—including regular live music acts, plus Karaoke nights every Saturday and Tuesday night Team Trivia contests. And the pub even has its own rentable event space now for special occasions, the Up & Up, a separate upstairs area where food and bar service are also available.

Other pluses to keep in mind are a popular Saturday and Sunday brunch offering, and an alfresco, sidewalk-adjoining seating area that’s more enticing than ever as Richmond enters our annual Indian Summer period.

This reporter also appreciates that the unique rugby-themed décor of the pub isn’t a gimmick whatsoever, but a true passion of owner Nathan Trivers, who operates the place with his wife Nikki. Trivers played the rough and tumble sport for 16 years in addition to being a huge fan.

To find out more about the menu, event nights or special event options at the pub, visit www.theupandunder.com.

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