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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cinnamon Bear Bar and Lounge (Whistler, British Columbia)

Cinnamon Bear Bar and Lounge, located in the Hilton whistler Resort and Spa, 4050 Whistler Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. This is actually a very good place to go. I know what you are is in a Hilton. This is a beautiful hotel and they happen to have this great bar. It is always very busy in the late afternoon and filled with snowboarders. They have cheap bear that draws them in. They usually are gone by 7 pm. There are two pool tables and numerous TV'S for watching the hockey games. The food is good and very reasonably priced. Several times when I have been here when it is busy they don't have enough waitresses, so you end up waiting or going to the bar and getting your own drinks. I met the Manager last April and he was a great guy originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, and hooked up with some Norwegian skier or something like that (it is quite the story) .They always have drink specials. On Friday and Saturday nights it is packed and there is a line up to get in.

Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub (Whistler, British Columbia)

Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub, 170-4320 Sundial Crescent, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The Dubh Linn Gate is located in the top end of the Whistler Village right across from the Longhorn and is also at the base of the mountain where the Blackcomb Chair Lift and the Whistler Chair Lift start. They have great Pub pies, baked fresh and very filling. There is a good assortment of beer and wine. The service is friendly and the waitresses wear short kilts (not that I paid any attention). The back half is the restaurant area where children can go. In the evenings they have live music. The great thing is you don't have to drive any where around here. Everything is located in the Village area where there are no vehicles allowed. They keep the snow removed, and the walking area is very good. If you are looking for a little touch of Ireland, I suggest that you give it a try and also go for a pub pie!!

Longhorn Saloon (Whistler, British Columbia)

Longhorn Saloon and Grill, 4284 Mountain Square, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. This place has a fabulous location. it is at the top end of the Whistler Village right at the bottom of the slopes where the Blackcomb Chair and the Whistler Chair lifts are. You can easily take a break from skiing and have a refreshment and a bite to eat with out leaving the slopes. They have a very large outside patio area where you can sit and watch all the skiers coming down the slopes. The bar is very large inside and very action packed in the evening!! The food is good and the service can be a bit slow in the evenings as it is sooo busy! This place transforms in to a much more lively place once the evening sets in and the skiers are off the hill.

March 2016, they have done some change on the outside by adding the very nice trellis.  This area has gas heaters and a beautiful pub high fireplace with the flames at table height.  It sits about  8 to 10 people.  Sitting outside with the fire going having a drink and lunch does not get much better.  Great for people watching.  The service was very good the 2 times that I went.  All the waitresses were very friendly and we were well looked after.  I had the Bleu Bacon Burger and fries.  It was a good big burger and the fries were very good.  I could not finish all of the fires either.  Just at the end of the skiing day, this place is packed as it is right at the base of two of the chair lifts.  All you have to do is look at all the skis/ snow boards, that are lined up along the front.  A must go when in Whistler!!

Brewhouse at Whistler (Whistler, British Columbia)

The Brewhouse at Whistler, 4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Whistler Village and easy to walk to while strolling around the village (from bar to bar or shopping). I always sit in the Bar side, the restaurant is on the left when you enter. This is a great place to come after a day of skiing or shopping or just for the hell of it. In the bar they have a pool table and numberous TV'S usually with sports on. They have a beautiful wood burning fireplace, and the seats near it are usually taken up quite fast. Hanging from the ceiling thay have a train that runs aound the pub and resturant. How cool is that! Companies pay to have their advertising on the side of the train cars. I always have enjoyed the atmosphere in this place. Everyone is friendly and having a good time. Every time that I have eaten here the food is very good and the service is very good as well. They brew their own beer on premise, but not being a beer drinker I can't comment on that. The wine is always good, hahaha! This place is very busy when the Vancouver Canucks are on TV! I have been here several times and I will be back again!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Baron's Manor Pub (Surrey, British Columbia)

Baron's Manor Pub 9568-192 Street, Surrey, B.C.. This is a really cool place, that just opened up fairly recently. It has a stunning view of the North Shore mountains. It is located in the industrial area called Port Kell's in north east Surrey, and is steeped in folklore! There are two levels and two out side patios one on the main floor on the west side with a fireplace, the other on the second floor on the east side. Lots of old pictures, decorations and antiques through out. I had read a couple of reviews that were not very favourable of this place, but I must say my experience was very positive! The food was great. My wife had the goulash with a big pretzel and it was very, very good. I had the schnitzel burger and fries, and it too was very, very good. There are 12 different types of beer on tap. As for the wine, their house wine is Domiane de Chaberton, which is one of my favorite wines and is made in south Langley, B.C.. The wine is served by the glass, 1/4 litre carafe, 1/2 litre carafe or by the bottle. My wife didn't like their choice of music, I think she would have wanted Lady Lady Gaga, I thought the music was just fine. There are numerous Samsung LCD TVS through out for watching your favorite game. There are no gambling games such as pull tabs or keno, but that is ok. I think that they have done a great job with this place and look forward to coming here again and again!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Buck & Ear Bar and Grill (Steveston, British Columbia)

The Buck and Ear Bar and Grill, 12111-3rd Avenue, (Steveston) Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The Buck & Ear is located in Steveston, which is a part of Richmond, and was originally a fishing/ canning village. It is very close to the docks where many fishing vessels are tied up, as well as many nice shops and restaurants. This bar was established in 1895, and I think has one of the nicest interiors I have been in. The out side doesn't look like much but once you walk in the doors it is fabulous. There is so much to like about this place, there is ample seating and seats well over 200 people. There are booths, tables and chairs and nooks, you name it. The bar it self is gorgeous and has so much detail to it. There is a room with 2 pool tables along with bar stools, a couple of tables and chairs (I mean nice comfortable chairs). This room also has 8 old theater fold up seats along the wall. This is also one of the nicest pool rooms I have seen! They have numerous TVS through out, as well as keno and pull tabs. The food is another reason to come here. I had the Pulled Pork Kaiser sandwich, coleslaw and fries. It was very good My mother in law had the Eggs Benedict and pan fried potatoes, she described her meal as "Fantastic!". My wife had the halibut fish tacos and again two thumbs up. I have been here previously and had the Halibut and chips which I also recommend. The service is quick and friendly! This place has really made a mark on my list of favorite places to go and it is very near the top. You really have to go and try it out soon!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Slainte By the Pier Irish Restaurant and Bar (White Rock, British Columbia)

Slainte By the Pier, Contemporary Irish Restaurant and Bar, 15057 Marine Drive, White Rock, British Columbia Canada. Slainte has a fabulous location, it is right on Marine Drive across from the Pier, in White Rock over looking Semiahmoo Bay in the Pacific Ocean! They have a great view of the water from the patio, inside the bar or in the second floor loft area. They have been open for about 6 months now and things are going well. One of the owners, "Jack" is from Ireland, but this place doesn't have a strong Irish feel to it. Maybe it is because the bar and tables are all ash coloured, I don't know. They have a good menu with a good variety of items. I had the Cottage Pie, I couldn't give it a 10 out of 10. I would have to say 6 1/2 out of 10 on that. I still enjoyed it! My Wife had the bouillabaisse and it was full of fresh fish, prawns, Gala mussels, scallops, fennel, carrots and leeks. She said that it was very good! I tried hers and it was fantastic! The bar it self sits about 8 people and looked very comfortable. I liked the loft area up stairs, it would be perfect for a group of friends or co-workers to meet. You are a way from the rest of the place as to not bother everyone else. The one main set back here would be in the summer time, trying to get parking. White Rock has pay parking at the beach, it is $4.00 for 2 hours, and if it is nice good luck getting a spot close to here. They use local produce, beer, wine and musicians! Not a big chain restaurant, locally owned and run. I will come back for sure. Next time I think I may try the Steak and Guinness pie, or maybe the bouillabaisse.