I was in town for some industry specific training for a couple days and some fellow trainees and I ate lunch there on a Friday afternoon. It was very busy but the service was decent, even though the two waitresses were being run ragged. One of us had the fish and chips, another the Cajun Tuna, and I had the "German Wurst Plate". Everyone said their food was first rate, and I have to say the bratwurst and knackwurst (made at a local meat locker; local flavor is always a great touch) were excellent, and the hot German potato salad (available as a side with any meal) was delicious - as any fan of hot German potato salad knows, it's hard to find GOOD hot German potato salad. The Sauerkraut was solid as well.
It definatley has an eastcaost feel which is a relief to find in a midwest college town full of brat college kids and inbreed hicks from central MO. It's all about rock, sci-Fi, horror and booze. The decore and movies they play all intertwine with a good tast for music. The owner is actually from the N.Y.C. area and you'll know that as soon as you talk to the guy. Clietele appear to be restaurant industry types mix in with local musicians and artist who go there to avoid the obnoxiousness that seems to consume this disconnect confused community. Two thumbs up for the best yet most under rated bar in the backwards town known as Columbia. Viva la Eastside Tavern!
Absolutely a cornered market on the frozen cocktail business in Columbia...just marvelous!