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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Darby's Public House and Liquor Store (Vancouver B.C. Canada)

Darby's Public House and Liquor Store, 2001 MacDonald Street, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.  On the south west corner of MacDonald and W4th Avenue in the trendy Kitsilano area of Vancouver and just a few blocks from the beach. This was another good recommendation to me by the "Cardigan Kid". Small cozy little place with the liquor store attached to the south side.  They do have underground parking and is says compact cars only.  by looking at the entrance which has a very tight 90 degree turn I believe it.  No pick up trucks, SUV's or larger cars.  Smart Car, Mini Cooper or Fiat 500 would fit, LOL!  In side it is simple but comfortable, with the L shape sit up bar holding 12 people.  Two pub high tables in the middle each seat 10 which is nice.  10 TV's on the walls great for watching sports. The pub serves 28 types of Craft beer and have 30 different types of beer on tap.  Certain beer is changed out depending on the season.  They have a Keno and a poker TV.  For food I had the Library Burger that came with a Two Rivers Natural beef patty from Pemberton Meadows on a fresh pretzel bun from Portofino Bakery with Fontina cheese, honey caramelized onions and bacon lettuce, tomato, dijonaise .  For sides your options are: Soup, Fries, yam fires, house salad, Caesar salad, quinoa salad, coleslaw and warm potato salad and for extra your choices are Polenta fries for $2 or Poutine or Mac and Cheese for $3. The waitress recommended the Polenta Fries (I still don't know what Polenta is)  so I went with that.  They came out and are rectangular about 3 inches long.  I couldn't finish them all they were not bad at all.  Next time I will try a different side. My friend had the Straight and Narrow which was eggs, bacon toast and hash browns.  The eggs were very nicely done! The bacon is a little thicker that most places.  There is a roof top patio that wasn't open when we arrived but opened up later.  We checked it out and it is very nice running down facing W4th Ave and facing east to MacDonald street.  It has a nice view and is very nicely done.  I would love to sit up there on a nice sunny day.  The sign on the liquor store boasts over 500 beer, 500 wine, 250 spirits and 100 coolers and ciders.  This place has a nice neighbourly local feel to it.  This is a busy area of the city, streets are busy all the time and lots of shops along W4th Ave. I really enjoyed this place and I look forward to returning here again in the near future.  2 thumbs up for sure!

Tugboat Annie's Pub and Grille (Richmond, B.C. Canada)

Tugboat Annnie's Pub and Grille  6911 Graybar Road, Richmond, British Columbia Canada.  It is at the very east side of Richmond across the street from the Annacis Channel of the Fraser River across from the west tip of Annacis Island.  It is located in an industrial/ marine area.  For a place that is called Tugboat Annie's, there is very little in the way of a nautical theme.  The sit up bar holds 10 people and has 12 different types of beer on tap.  There is a pub high oval table n the middle that seats 10 people.  They have an extensive menu but we didn't try the food. I liked their out door covered patio area.  There is a gas fire place and TV and lots of room.  The inside of the pub just didn't do it for me.  The washrooms are in need of a freshening up.  There is a roof top patio area, but just wasn't nice enough to sit up top and try it out.  I imagine that the view from up there is better.  There is a marina near but with numerous boats  moored out front.   I could only see 4 TV's which wasn't enough, especially now a day!  They had one nice large Samsung TV with a beautiful picture. The best part of this location is the name, I wish it lived up to its name.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ocean Side Yacht Club & Public House (White Rock B.C. Canada)

Formerly known as: Hemingway Public House 14995 Marine Drive, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.  Part of the Richard Joseph Group chain of pubs.  This used to be the Ocean Beach Hotel which was a well known bar/ night club for years before being taken over by RJG and turned in to the Hemingway.  This place has probably the best outdoor patios on Marine Drive in White Rock, great view of the ocean, pier and everyone passing by.  On a nice day these seats will be hard to get.  Inside they have a very nice long bar that seats about 12 people.  There is lots of seating, and similar to all the other pubs in the chain.  along the east side, they have 6 wine barrels hanging each with a different Ernest Hemingway quote on it. I must say, this place has the best d├ęcor of the ones in this group that I have been in.  There are more than 12 beer on tap and 25 different craft beer available. The service was very fast, friendly and attentive.  If you can't get a seat on the patio there are several tables by the front windows that also have a great view.  Numerous TV's through out so you don't miss any of the games on TV. There is a lot of parking in one of the public parking lots near by, but they are all pay parking.  If you are lucky, there is a lot right across the street. The Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad line passes right by and you can see the freight trains and the Amtrak passing by at a slow rate of speed coming and going to USA and Vancouver.  They have daily drink specials and are open 1100 to midnight 2 days a week.  I really enjoyed it here and will be back for sure.  Next time I hope to get a seat on the patio.

Name has changed to Ocean Side Yacht Club & Public House. The interior has remained the same.  The menu is the same as all others in this chain of pubs.