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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ichabod's Lounge (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Ichabod's Lounge, 3354 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Ichabod's is attached to D-Jay's Restaurant which has been around for 40 years or so. The parking lot in the late 1970's early 1980's was, where all the guys took their muscle cars to show them off and hang out. Ichabod's was added sometime after 1982. It is a small bar that seats about.. 40-50 people and has an outside patio. There is a very large projection screen on one wall and is great for watching sports. You can order the same food that they serve in the restaurant and the food is good. There is ample parking considering it is by the mall and that side is fairly quiet. If you are in the area all you have to do to find this place if you can't remember Ichabod's is ask any one where D-Jay's is and you will get there. They have a small sit up bar that seats about 8 people or so. Then there is a little nook where they have their VLT's (Video Lottery Terminals) Gambling. There is a dinky little wall that hides the gambling from everyone....oooohhhh! Nothing really stands out about Ichabod's, but it is a good place to go and meet some good friends!!

October 2016, still a great place to meet with friends and a great place to watch sports! 

Smitty's Lounge at the Westwood Village Inn (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Smitty's Lounge at the Westwood Village Inn. 477 Westwood Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!
Smitty's Pancake House grew up!!!
I can't believe that Smitty's now is a great lounge (bar, pub, tavern or what ever for everyone else). What once was a big pancake chain is now a great bar! This used to be the location of the infamous Village Inn Bar, then the Crazy Bar. But new owners came in and completely redid this place. It looks great inside. It seats 375 people and that is really big for a bar, pub tavern or what ever. There is a really nice bar that sits about 20 people and have about 23 beer on tap. There are very nice 42 inch and 52 inch LCD TC'S all over the place. The place is broken up very nicely, with rooms set aside for video gambling, a room that had 4 pool tables with lots of seating, then the main bar area with tables and booths all finished off really nice. I was really impressed! What a change had been done here. We spoke to the manager "Wayne", who has worked at the various bars in this location since 1981. He was busy waiting on people and keeping everyone in conversation. They say Tuesday and Wednesday nights the place is packed for wing night!! My sister and I had a platter and the wings and sweet potato fires were very good. The entire place including the washrooms were very clean and tidy. It doesn't look like much from the outside or if you remember it from the old days.....forget it, it grew up and is a very nice place to go. Hey, there is even a motel attached so you don't have to drink and drive!! I give it 2 thumbs up and will be back for sure the next time I am in Winnipeg!!