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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug ( Surrey, Canada)

Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug, 3020-152 Street, Surrey British Columbia, Canada (South Surrey if you are from these parts)  Located in a small strip mall just of Hwy 99, this is a nice Irish themed bar.  It has a 24 seat rectangular sit up bar all in dark wood, as is all of the bar.  There are 8 smaller flat screen TV's through out with most of them behind the bar.  There is one large drop down projection screen.  There is a smaller, nice room off to the side that looks like you can book it for events and has a sliding door to shut it off from the rest of the bar.  Outside is a nice looking patio area with flagstone and glass panels. Awe crap, I forgot to see what they had on tap for beer.  For lunch my friend and I each had the salmon burger which had a filet of salmon on a chibata bun with lettuce, tomato and an aioli sauce. We both liked it a lot!!  I had a tossed salad and if you have a nut allergy not the salad to get as it had lots of walnuts and the such.  My friend had the Caesar which was very good.  You could also get soup or fries as your side.  Their house wine was Domaine De Chaberton, which is a very good local winery (worth a trip to do some wine tasting). There were loos of NFL jerseys around the edge of the bar hanging down from the ceiling.  A beer and wine store attached as well.  All in all I really enjoyed it here and would come back for sure!!

Fuel Bar (Winnipeg International Airport, Winnipeg, Canada)

Fuel Bar, Winnipeg International Airport, Winnipeg, Canada on the domestic departure side once through security.  Located right across form gate 10. This is all they have at this airport for domestic departures, if you would like an adult beverage. Rather sad, considering all of the airports that I have been all over the world. The sit up bar seats 8 and there are 4 pub tables that seat 2 people, that gives you an idea how small it is.  As for food, forget it all they have is potato chips. The service was good, and for something this small it should be good.  For beer there were5 different types on tap, nothing special though, there is also a selection of bottled beer.  As for wine a limited selection maybe 6 red and 3 white.  One good feature, is under the sit up bar there is a double hook in front of each seat to hang your bag or coat and also a double plug in for your cell phone and or computer.  They also sell  the standard hard liquor selections. If you are early for a flight don't expect anything too fancy.  That is it!

Fox and Hound Tavern (Winipeg, Canada)

Fox and Hound Tavern, 1719 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  Situated on Portage Avenue right by Route 90 just west of the Polo Park Mall.  It is in the St. James Hotel or the "Jimmie" as the locals call it. This wonderful place was built in 1928 and I can only imagine the stories these wall could tell.   The hotel check-in is on the main floor and the Hotel is upstairs. But, back to the bar.  It is long and kinda narrow with three entrances.  The main front entrance isn't used any more and is only an exit.  In the front part of the bar is a beautiful rectangular shaped bar that seats 22 people. Great for sitting and visiting over a pint of  beer or glass of wine. Lots of wood and brick adorn the walls and interior, making for a very comfortable setting.  Much improved from what it was 30 years ago.  As you enter from the north side, to the right there is a room with Video Lottery Terminals....gambling machines. There are a 5 TV's around the bar, but I think that it could use a few more!  For lunch I had the Tavern Rueben which was marble rye bread with corned beef, Monterey cheese, thousand islands dressing and sauerkraut with home cut fries.  It was really good and very filling.  My close associate had the Pulled Pork sandwich and fries, which she said was very good.  She could only eat half and took the other half home.  There is one pool table, one foosball table and two dart board.  This place has a great feel to it and I love the bar..  A must try if you are ever in the area, I know you won't be disappointed. A classic old style bar and well worth trying out!

Shark Club Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Shark Club Winnipeg, 233 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, located on the second level of the City Center Mall just across the street on the south side from the MTS Center, home of the National Hockey League, Winnipeg Jets. You enter the bar from the second level of the mall. Very nice modern trendy sports bar.  In the center is their large rectangular sit up bar that seats 22 people with 18 flat screen TV's and two very large TVs all at the bar. They have two bar height tables that each sit 14 people.  (Of to one side is a private room that I guess that you can book and it also comes with several flat careen TV's There is a small casino attached with slot machines and table games. Across from the private room are 2 large booths that are quite private.  There is another level that is about half of a floor up and has booths, each with their own TV in the booth.  The food was ok... My friends and I had the Steak sandwich special, we all thought the steak had too much Montreal Steak spice and you almost needed a hack saw to cut through the French loaf it came on.  The service was very good, friendly and attentive.  The d├ęcor in here is very cool, I especially really liked the blue lighting around the bar.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kingfishers Waterfront Bar and Grill (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada)

The Kingfishers Waterfront Bar and Grill, 23840 River Road, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.  Located right on the mighty Fraser River about 45 minutes east of Vancouver, B.C. There are lots of logging mills etc. in this area and it is on the north side of the river just before the old ferry landing before they built the Golden Ears Bridge.  Decent sized parking lot.  It is going with this new trend here, where kids can go in one half of the bar.......hhhhmmmm.   They have 11 different craft beer on tap.   You can buy the standards buy the bottle or can if you wish.  My friends had a Russell beer which is a local beer and quite liked it.  There is a double sided bar that one side is adults only and the other  kids are let in.  Outside is a nice patio area over looking the river, and with a southern exposure on a nice day it is sunny and hot a great place to be!!  For lunch I had the Salmon and Crab burger that had aioli sauce, lettuce, tomato, on a brioche bun with home made French fries.  It was very good as were the fries were homemade.  I could not eat everything as the portions are very generous.  There were several TV's but I get the feeling that people don't come here to watch the game as the Seattle Seahawks were playing and most bars would be packed with football fans.  On the wall sides they have nice half circle booths that can hold 4 people easily.  Great for watching the bar, people or the game. Service was very good and friendly.  They were always around but not intrusive.  My buddy had the fish and chips and he said the were very good, he too was very full at the end of his meal.  I would love to come back here and sit out side over locking the Fraser River ..aaahhhh!   I really enjoyed it here!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bar One (Denny's) Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Bar One (Langley), 19777 Willowbrook Drive, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. I have a hard time getting used to the fact that Denny's has a bar.  One half is Denny's and the west half is Bar One, which is a proper bar.  Seems funny that the waitresses were wearing Denny's uniforms working in the bar.   I was there on a Friday evening and they don't have a bartender, again rather strange.  The waitress made and brought the drinks.  I had a glass of wine, and it came in a small carafe but she brought a Champagne flute.........When I went up and asked for a proper wine glass the manager told her the wine flute was the wrong glass.  Later she came to the table and explained that she thought the wine flute looked cute.  Again a first for me, getting a certain glass because it is cute.  Glad they didn't have Hello Kitty glasses or who knows what I would have received.  I had the Copper Moon Pinot Grigio which is a BC wine, and it was fine. The bar is very much like the previous bars here.  It is not bad inside, but there was no one here, really odd as it was a Friday night.  I think that there were 3 others the whole time I was there. The menu is different than the Denny's menu, and I had the sirloin steak sandwich on garlic toast with fries. It was very good, I never expected it to be that good. There are other pub meals, such as Nachos, Chicken wings, burgers, Calamari and the such.  Meat was very tender and not chewy at all!  Quite a few TV's around to watch sports. There is a large double curved high back booth that would be great for a group of 8-10 friends, and rather private.  There were 8 different types of beer on tap.  There is lots of under ground parking as well as the whole Willowbrook Mall parking lot right across the street. The service was very good, the waitress always kept checking to ensure every thing was good.  The manager also checked up to ensure things were good. This place needs a bartender that is for sure.  Denny's and a bar, just don't seem to go well in the same sentence.  International House of Pancakes in Winnipeg did it, and it works,  I guess........... I will just have to get over it.