Fred and Ethels

Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern, with live entertainment and plenty of seasonal drinks to enjoy — the salted pumpkin martini is a must-try — makes a great, casual spot for a fun day or night out in Smithville.

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Picture it: It’s a beautiful autumn day and you’re walking around Smithville. From the historic buildings to the unique shops, the day seems perfectly quaint in the most Smithvillian of ways. It simply couldn’t get better. Unless, of course, you were to add a visit to Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern to the agenda, in which case your day just went from “perfectly quaint” to “perfect.”

What to expect

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Located within the picturesque village of Smithville is Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern. It’s a long name, but the Coppola and Bushar families, who’ve owned the tavern since 1997, wanted to pay homage to Fred & Ethel Noyes, the founders of Smithville, while also including the original name of the building, ‘The Lantern Light’ in the name. The result is a casual, neighborhood bar and grill with lots of options.

With a large menu full of homemade meals, an excellent drink selection, eight large screen TVs, and live weekend entertainment, Fred & Ethel’s is the go-to place for a fun, casual day or night out in Smithville, and perfect for a pre- or post-walk around the village.

Food and drink

So it’s autumn and you want something seasonal? In addition to the excellent selection of craft beers — including eight drafts and a rotating selection of up to 45 bottles ranging from $3.50 to $7 — Fred & Ethel’s goes the distance with its fall signature drink list, including seasonal pumpkin ales and hard ciders plus cocktails like the American Harvest Mule (Organic American Harvest Vodka, Pomegranate Liquor & Ginger Beer for $9) and the salted pumpkin martini, which mixes RumChata, vanilla vodka, pumpkin liqueur and butterscotch schnapps finished off with a salted rim. If the salted pumpkin martini isn’t reason enough to love October, we don’t know what is.

Don’t get so distracted by the drink menu that you forget to eat. Try the homemade buffalo chicken wontons, the Cajun kettle chips topped with a blue cheese sauce, or our personal favorite — the firehouse shrimp, which are stuffed with a jalapeno pepper and crab imperial, wrapped in bacon, deep fried and served with sweet chili dipping sauce. Hello, delicious.

The best bet for your wallet is happy hour. From 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Fred & Ethel’s offers complimentary munchies and reduced drink prices. If you’re really looking for a deal, get there on any one of their themed dining specials nights, including Mexican Mondays, Mini Dinners Tuesdays, Wokin’ Wednesdays and Seafood Fridays.

Coming up:

Live music every weekend makes Fred & Ethel’s a rockin’ good time. Get there Saturday, Oct. 29, for Fred & Ethel’s annual Halloween Party with a performance by the Dr. Cheeko Band.

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