Sprout Music Collective’s back-alley locale exudes a speakeasy aura. All that’s missing is a secret knock, a whispered password, and a nod.
Inside, the cozy, laid-back atmosphere is perfect for live music, creative food and unique libations. Owner Dan Cellucci brings his love of original music to Sprout’s stage and the local and organic sensibilities of his Roots Cafe—located nearby on Gay Street—to the menu.
Come hungry. The portions are generous. You’ll need both hands to tackle a beef brisket sandwich. Roasted 15 hours to a mouth-watering tenderness, it comes piled high on a croissant with locally sourced cheddar, along with au jus for dipping.
For something a bit lighter, try the flatbread with dried, minced figs, aged balsamic, arugula, shaved prosciutto and whipped chèvre with herbs.
Mixologist Stephen Shinn helped to craft Sprout’s progressive drink menu. Think house-made bitters, house-infused liquors and cordials, and barrel-aged cocktails. The standout Manhattan gets its kick from Manatawny Still Works’ unaged whiskey, vermouth, and Shinn’s own bitters. And the “Blind Pig” Gimlet is a super-fresh kaffir-lime-infused treat.
Sprout Music Collective is open four nights a week, attracting all ages to its diverse shows Wednesday-Saturday. Annual memberships are $50 and well worth it. Otherwise, it’s $5 at the door.
1130 E. Prescott Alley, West Chester, (610) 696-6006.