In the most simple definition, a gastropub or gastrolounge is a dining establishment that serves both high-end food and beer.
Gastropub is derived from the words: gastronomy, love of the art or science of food; and pub. Nary 20 years old, the term has evolved from its origins and has become so much more - even taking on uniquely American characteristics.
The first gastropubs appeared in London in the early 1990's when young chefs, tired of traditional pubgrub, offered food of a higher caliber. During the “cool Britania” era of Tony Blair all things British found their way to America bringing the new Mini, Doctor Who, Colplay, and Gastropubs to colonial shores. The most recognized of the early US gastropubs is the Spotted Pig in Manhattan.