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Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Jolly Coachman Pub (Pitt Meadows, British Columbia)

The Jolly Coachman Pub, Pitt Meadow, British Columbia, Canada. This was a great find. It is a Tudor style pub inside and out. Inside, it is two levels. The upper level is more the sports bar side pt the pub. The lower level a bit quieter. It is only down about 4 steps or so. They have 20 flat screen TV's for watching all of the games. The bar sits around 20 people and faces about 7 TV's. There are food specials every day. This time we ordered off the menu. I had the Seafood Club and fries, and my wife had the Chicken lettuce wraps. Both were huge, neither of us could finish our meals. Not only were the portions big but they were very good. My wife describe this place as very cozy and friendly. They have several large tables . They have two high tables where you can easily sit 10-15 peolple. The men's room was very nice with flat screen TV's in front of each of the 3 urinals, (you wouldn't want to miss anything)! The washrooms were very clean with granite counter tops.
This pub had a good feleing about it, the staff was very friendly and the service was good. I suggest you look up their web site and read up about history. Attached is a cold beer and wine store that also sells t-shirts, jackets and the such. If you come up from the USA, it is about 35 minutes north of the border, across the new Golden Ears Bridge. I will be back! Hopefully sooner than later!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bar Car (Eurostar)

The Bar Car on the Eurostar train from London, England to Paris, France. Go to the bar car once the train is in France after going through the Chunnel. Once in France the train travels at 320 kilometers per hour or 187 miles per hour. Smooth as glass, not a bump or bouncing around at all!
The bar car has stand up tables and large windows. You can get beer, wine and of course Champagne! They serve hot and cold food, but not an extensive menu. When I was there, I met several guys going to France for the World Cup of Rugby. It is quite a rush standing there going that fast while on the ground and not flying. When you go through the small train stations where the train does not stop, you can't read any of the signs. Every thing close is a blur! If you ever get the chance to take the train from London to Paris or vice versa, you have to take it. Once you are on the train it is just a few steps to the bar car!!!

Jorongo Bar (Mexico City, Mexico)

Jorongo Bar, located in the Sheraton Maria Isabel, Paseo de la Reforma 325 Col. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico. This is a great Mariachi themed bar located in the hotel. It is in a great part of Mexico City and they have full size mariachi bands playing. Apparently a true mariachi band has something like 12 people in the band. I didn't try getting up dancing as to not make a fool of my self. That never stopped me before, but this time I just sat back and relaxed. The service here is really good. They keep the snacks coming all the time. Also in this hotel is the Lobby Bar, as the name says, it is in the Lobby. A great place to sit and have a drink with great friendly service.

Stanwood Hotel and Saloon (Tavern) (Stanwood, Washington)

The Stanwood Hotel & Saloon (Tavern) 26926-102 Avenue NW, Stanwood, Washington, USA. It is about five minutes west of the Interstate 5, and about 15 minutes South of Mount Vernon, Washington.
The Stanwood Hotel was built in the late 1890's and is one of the oldest buildings in town. It became a Tavern and card room after Prohibition (1934). As the waterfront declined the Stanwood acquired a some what seedy reputation.
This place oozes with character. The tables have old gas lanterns on them (converted to electric now). The floor is 2 X 6 tongue and groove, and unfinished. The ceiling is split cedar and not cut to board width. I was there on a Sunday and the specials were unbelievable, "Bloody Mary's" for $1.00. Bacon, eggs and country potatoes for $1.00. We had the Onion rings, mozza sticks and battered deep fried green beans. The bar it self, sits 12 people. The washrooms are interesting to say the least, I guess in their day they were modern and nice. They had a big screen tv and several people were in to watch the football game. If you have peanut allergy, you may want to avoid this place because the floor was covered in peanut shells. I will be coming back to this place again for sure!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dublin Crossing Irish Pub (Cloverdale, British Columbia)

Dublin Crossing Pub, 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. This place took a while for them to build and to open. Once it was opened I could see why it took so long. There is a lot of detail that went in to this pub. The main floor is generally designed for seating for 4 to 6 people. Upstairs has a much larger are fro bigger groups. The service can be hit and miss, some times I have waited quite awhile to get something and also to see if I wanted any more. There are several tv's through out that show pictures of Ireland. This is not a Sports Bar! So don't go there to watch the hockey game. Generally the food is very good. Some of my favorites include; the turkey, brie and strawberry croissant, Irish Study, St. Patrick Guinness Irish Stew and Chef Laura's Beef Pub Pie to name a few. It is usually very busy on the weekends and seating can be tough. Upstairs they have a cool booth that sits about 9 people. There is a large picinc table that sits about 10 -12 people.

Elysian Fields, Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle, Washington)

Elysian Fields, aka Elysian Brewing Company. 542-1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, USA. You can enter off !st Ave South or Occidental Avenue South. It is right across the street from Quest Field the home of the NFL Seattle Seahawks . I really liked this place. Once again I am not a beer drinker, and this place brews their own beer. They had around 10-12 beer on tap. Our bartender was very knowledgeable and hustled keeping everyone happy.
He explained the difference between two similar beer in a way that was very easy to understand. In the middle of the bar they have a very large oval bar that sits about 50 people. There is lots of seating here and nice and comfortable chairs. The men's washroom was very clean and very modern ammenities. The sinks are the clear moulded glass ones, so if you had a few drinks you might think you are going to get your feet wet when you turn on the taps! There are numerous flat screen tv's but they should get bigger ones! Hey if you are going to spend good money watching the game, you need the big tv's!!

Central Pub "Saloon" (Seattle, Washington)

The Centeral Pub "Saloon", 1201-1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, USA. Now this is a classic old style pub! It is Seattle's Oldest Saloon established in 1892. The bar it self is about 40 feet long and is made up of two 10 inch planks. Yes they keep the surface refinished. You can seat at least 20-25 people at the bar. They have 20 different beer on tap. The service was great and the two bartenders were very friendly and seemed to enjoy their jobs. My Buddy asked for the restrooms and the one bartenders thought that he asked her if she wanted to wrestle. So she played that up pretty good. Hell I would have wrestled with her, hahaha! Both of the bartenders were great, one asked if we would be back after the game, and we said no. She then replied "At east you are brutally honest!" , she said with a laugh. This place has lots of character. There is side walk seating as well, so you can watch everyone walking by. It is very close to Safeco Field and Quest Field. If you are in Seattle, I would suggest that you give this place a try.

Pyramid Ale House (Seattle, Washington)

Pyramid Ale House aka Seattle Alehouse, 1201-1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, USA. Another great location for Mariners and Seahawk games. It is right across from Safeco Field. They have an outdoor beer garden that is open for Mariner and Seahawk home games. The food is pretty good and they have a ton of waitresses and bartenders who are on the go all the time. I am not a beer drinker so I can't tell you what their beer is like. Last year when I went there, my buddy said the beer was good. They have a gift store where you can buy T Shirts, glasses and the such!

Jimmy's on First (Seattle, Washington)

Jimmy's on First, 1046-1St Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, USA. Jimmy's is in the Sliver Cloud Hotel, which is right across the street from Safeco Field home plate entrance. super close for Mariners games and very close for Seahawk games. Usually when I have been there it is full of sports fans, which isn't a bad thing. The service is usually good. Nothing really stands out about Jimmy's. There are lots of character places in the area. but for a good location to the field, there isn't any one closer. If you are going to a Seahawks game the Elysian is just down the street.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Triangle Pub (Seattle, Washington)

Triangle Pub, 553-1St Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, USA. This is a very tiny little pub and probably sits about 20 people, but I am sure they jam a lot more than that in there. It is not far from Safeco Field and Quest Field. It was built in 1910 and the top two floors were used as a brothel, up until around 1945. Both of our drinks were served in a plastic glasses. My buddies Crown Royal on the rocks was free poured and a very healthy portion to say the least.
In 1976 The National Park Service designated this place as "Landmark Status" and can't be taken down. The Starbucks owner, Howard SHULTZ built a big building beside it but this place still stands. It survived earthquakes in 1946 and 1965. The Triangle Bar opened as the Triangle Bar in 1981. there have been several other bars there on and off through out the years.

Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Wateringhole (Seattle, Washington)

Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Wateringhole, 5606- 1St Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, USA. Great chili! Worth going for the chili alone! Live bands play there, starting around 930 pm or so. Outside is a large patio area, but it wasn't open when we were there. Any place that has a sign stating Burgers, Chili, Booze and Music has to be good. You can sit up at the bar and it probably seats around 12 people or so. If you are looking for a good pub, this may not be exactly what you are looking for. If you are looking for good food and kick ass chili, then this is the place to go. If you have the chili, caution should be exercised a few hours later on as to not offend your spouse or partner. If you get my drift...........groan!

Cowgirls Inc. American Saloon (Seattle, Washington)

Cowgirls Inc. 421-1St Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, USA. We were the only two people there until a couple of others showed up. They have a long bar about 50 feet or more long. The surface in worn and needs resurfacing. The bartender seemed very uninterested in serving us or any one else. My buddy asked one of the bouncers about this place. He said it gets busier later on. It is not uncommon for girls to take their bras off and toss them up behind the bar. there has to be about 300-400 bras hanging up there. The reason the bar is worn, girls get up on the bar and dance and hang off a bar that is about 5 1/2 feet above the bar.....interesting. Maybe we are getting old and should have returned around 1130 at night when things heat up. Probably just as good we didn't stay and moved along.

The White Horse Trading Co. (Seattle, Washington)

The White Horse Trading Co. 1908 Post Alley, Seattle, Washington, USA. This is a really neat place and a good find. It is a book store and a English beer and wine pub! (not English wine) Go figure. I met the Owner Joe GILMARTIN, he advised all of the books in the book cases through out are all for sale. numerous comfortable chairs. One table is an old door. They have a nice bar where about 10 people can sit. Loads of things on the walls to look at. A very comfortable place to have a beer or a glass of wine. Joe said around 1100 pm they get busy and have around 50 -60 people in there.
This place is right in the middle of the Pike Place Market and a nice brake from all of the hustle and bustle of shopping. I really liked this place and I will be back!!

Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub (Seattle, Washington)

Kells is located at 1916 Post Alley, Seattle Washington, USA. It is in the Pike Place market area. The restaurant is on the right when you enter and the pub is on the left. There is an upstairs area but it wasn't open when we were there. There are three bars in this pub where you can get your drinks. The floors are made of thick planks. We were able to catch the football game on their 2 large screen tv's. We didn't eat there but they serve traditionsl Irish dishes such as; Irish Stew, Pork Kildare, Dublin Coddle, County Down Chicken to name a few dishes. This is a good place to be when the girls go shopping! As my Buddy said, "Husbands, tell the women, the Nordstroms Rack is just around the corner!" This is a very good location and is basically in the middle of Pike Place Market area.

Crab Pot Restaurant and Bar (Seattle, Washington)

The Crab Pot is located on Pier 57 across the street from the Pike Place Market, in Seattle, Washington USA. This is more of a restaurant than it is a bar. It does have a bar inside but does not serve the full menu as they do in the Restaurant. The food here is very good, one of the popular items is the crab feast. They put paper on the table, give you bib and dump the crab, corn on the cob on the table. You are given hammers and have at her! I had the Clam chowder in a bread bowl, my friend had the crab bisque and it was very good. You are better off sitting the restaurant side than in the bar side. Unless you want a drink and not the full menu.