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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Black Sheep Pub (Maple Ridge, British Columbia)

The Black Sheep Pub, 12968-232 Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada Phone 604-476-1008 and www.theblacksheeppub.ca A friend hooked me up with this pub and what a great find this place it. It is fairly new and to the north across the parking lot the old pub stands (closed up). This pub is very modern with a great feel to it. their hiring practice is very good (very efficient and courteous)!! LOL! The sit up bar is spectacular with a great selection. The bar has an open air feel to it. The washroom are not only very clean but very up to date. I can only speak on the men's washrooms. One of the men's urinal, I saw something I have never seen before. They have advertising in the urinal it self. It is a black patch and when you pee on it it turns into a holograph and is an advertisement....very cool. I am not too sure what they are going to do in the women's washroom?? The service is excellent, very fast friendly and courteous! I did not eat, but my friends did and everything was very good. The calamari looked great! They have a big fire place in the middle and really adds to the atmosphere. Lots of dark stained wood inside and a very modern look! They have numerous flat screen TV'S through out!. From what I have heard, since they built this new place all the other pubs in the area have had to renovate to keep up with them as they were getting all the business! There is one pool table. The seating is great, from tables to booths. This was truly a great find and I can hardly wait to come back! It is definitely two thumbs up!!!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jimy Mac's Pub (Langley, British Columbia)

Jimy Mac's Pub, located at 19935 96 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. www.jimymacspub.com
This has always been one of my favorite pubs. It is a large tudor style pub with 6 different seating areas in side. On the south side they have a beautiful sunny solarium style room with tons of sun light. Each room is a little different than the other, and all are nice. They have some 30 LCD TV"S for all the sports. They have one area that it probably the best for watching sports and you cant miss it! There is a large outside patio area to the left as you enter. One room has lots of books on the wall if you want to read a little. I have always found the service to be very friendly and fast. The food here is very good. I have had numerous items off the menu and have never been disappointed! Most recently I had the seafood club house with fries. It had Shrimp, crab, lettuce, and tomatoes. It is located in an industrial area and as the south end of the new Golden Ears Bridge. It is very busy, especially at noon hours and the lot is usually packed. They have Keno and pull tabs for your gambling needs. There are lunch specials every day and they are worth checking out. Across the parking lot they have their liquor store. It is worth checking this Pub out, I wouldn't steer you wrong!!

2011 October 16
 I have been back a few times since my last post, and still a great Pub, food is still very good, the service is very good!  Yes I really like this place and I will keep going back!















October 2014, still a great place to go!  I had the chicken quesadillas and they were very good.  The pulled pork was also very good and came with choice of Salad or fries.  The salad was the choice and very fresh and good.  Saturday lunch and this place was very busy!  The service was still very good.  The washrooms have been up graded and are very nice and clean!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug (White Rock, British Columbia)

Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug, Restaurant- Irish bar, Pub and Bistro 15065 Marine Drive, White Rock British Columbia, Canada. Great location over looking the Ocean and right by the famous White Rock Pier. I was not impressed by this place. It did not have any Irish feel to it at all. I must say they had a couple of entertainers, one singing and playing the guitar and the other on a fiddle and they were good. Sitting in the bar area in the best tables in the place were two families and 4 young kids! They were very loud and obnoxious and that took away from the experience. That is not what I look for in a pub! We were given the menus and when we ordered the cheese plate, we were told that they don't have that on the menu any more. She said they are going to be coming out with a new menu. Duh, maybe tell us before we order. The waitress could not even suggest something else, she had to ask the cook. We told her that was OK we will figure something out. I settled for the stuffed Yorkies with an onion demi glaze. It wasn't to bad. My wife the the baked Brie, roasted garlic and cranberry sauce with flat bred. The cranberry sauce came out of a can and still had the can marks on it. At least mix it up so it isn't so obvious! The flat bread was....well flat and lacked everything. They had one projection screen on the wall...hey get caught up with the times and put in a proper large screen LCD or something. This place just was not a good experience. Too bad because it has a great location, great view and some potential. There are many better places near by and you don't have to go far to find one. I won't be back!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fets Bar and Grill (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Fets Bar and Grill 1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, 604-255-7771
info@fetsbarandgrill.com ( stole this from their web site): Their Fetish is food and they believe in REAL FOOD with REAL FLAVOUR blend that together with REAL PEOPLE and you've got a great neighbourhood joint. Fets is home to the largest whiskey collection in the city and a great deck to enjoy it all on.
This is a very cool place in a very eclectic part of Vancouver. The food is very good, and the service is great. If you can get a seat on the patio on a nice day, take it. Not only can you enjoy some great food, you can do some serious people watching. The inside is covered with memorabilia from the rock and roll era! Sorry about the crappy picture as I only had my BB and no camera and no shots of the inside. I have been here before and I can highly recommend going to this place!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Bookstore Bar (Seattle, Washington)

The Bookstore Bar, 1007 First Avenue Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Ph# 206-382-1506. Check out their web site www.alexishotel.com The Bookstore bar what a great find! It is located in the Alexis Hotel, which is a Kimpton Hotel and if you have ever stayed in a Kimpton Hotel you know right off the bat this is going to be great! It is a very short distance from the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Shelves of books are on the walls of the bar. There is an extensive selection of cookbooks which are also available for purchase, as well as magazines and newspapers from around the country. My Buddy and I were out checking out various establishments while waiting to go to a Seattle Mariners baseball game. We trying to find a place that served Crown Roayal Black which just came out in April, 2010 and made only for the US market. We were out of luck until my buddy suggested the Bookstore Bar which he had seen numerous times but had never tried. This truly was a nice little gem. We sat up at the bar which had a very impressive selection of various whiskey and the such. They had bottles of Canadian Whiskey, Scotch, Irish Whiskey, Bourbon and on and on, lined up on the sit up bar, with even a more impressive line up behind the bartender. I asked about an Ardbeg Scotch and the bartender brought out 4 different Ardbeg Scotch and placed them on the bar for us to look at. It was like this the entire time we were there. We tried the Crown Royal Black and Bartender even gave us a complimentary sample of Crown Royal ER (the ultimate Crown Royal). There were two different wedding parties in for a quick drink and some pictures as well which was very interesting! They have a couple of LCD TV's on the wall and that was one of the reasons the groom and his groomsmen came in! Shortly followed by the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids. We never tried the food so I can't say much about that. They have different things going on through out the week. For example they have a Japanese Whiskey tasting night coming up. Apparently these Japanese whiskeys are very nice and they can't call them Scotch for obvious reasons. It was a very relaxing place, the staff was great and I can hardly wait to come back and do some more sampling!!

August 27 2011.  I went back and still as good as ever.  They still have an awsome selection of whiskey, Scotish, Canadian, Japanese and USA to name afew.  Still very friendly and still a breat bar!!

The Pike Pub (Seattle, Washington)

The Pike Pub, (The Pike Pub and Brewery) 1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
www. pikebrewing.com
Situated right by the famous Pike Place Market. Pike Brewing Company is owner by Charles and Rose Ann FINKEL who opened it up in 1989. They sold is in 1997 and reacquired it in 2006. The beer making equipment runs through the middle of the business and you can see it all!! The pub and restaurant are down stairs. There are three bars each one a little different from the other. Since I am not a beer drinker I can't tell you much about the 9 or more beer that they brew here. I will have to take the word of my Buddy who had a couple of pints of their India Pale Ale. He said that is was very good. The place had great ambiance through out. The staff was very friendly and help full. The bartender was very good, quick and efficient. They also have a bull bar menu so if you don't like beer and wine there are other things to have. They also had cider on tap! Did not try the food but from looking what the others were eating, it looked good. This place is right at the Pike Place Market and it is a worth while visit.....if you don't feel like shopping and the others do, you know where you can go and relax and enjoy a great in house made beer! It is a great reason to make an excuse to get out of having to go shopping!

August 2011 I was back here and everything was still very good.  My only complaint was in the bar which is the museum part,there is no table service and you have to line up at the bar.  They were busy so a 15 minute wait was not uncommon to get a drink.  After one drink we moved on for quicker service.