Modern lights shaped like upside-down martini glasses hang from Stix Sports Bar & Grill’s ceiling, casting low light on cozy leather sofas, blue-felt pool tables, and a mammoth bar. Waiters weave their way past high bar-top tables, their arms weighed down with hearty burger plates, spicy panang-curry bowls, and large pizzas loaded with italian sausage and sweet pineapple. The bar entertains patrons with popular eight-ball tournaments and broadcasts Flames, football, and Monopoly games on several large flatscreen TVs.
Hudsons Canadian Tap House serves up traditional pub grub infused with a northern point of view. Appetizers challenge hunger's oppressive rule with options including yam fries ($8) and traditional or boneless chicken wings, bathed in house sauces such as Forty Creek whisky barbecue and 4th Degree ($11 for a single order, $20 for a double). The signature steak sandwich tops a flame-grilled, 7-ounce Certified Angus Beef sirloin with sweet-onion twigs, then clutches it between toasted garlic panini ($10), and the fish 'n' chips ($15) silences any lingering stomach growls by piling hulking slabs of flaky haddock atop golden fries. Though not included in today's deal, patrons can slake their thirst and muster the courage to yodel at an attractive stranger with frosty mugs of beers across Canada, ranging from Alberta's own Alley Kat Aprikat wheat ale to Quebec's St. Ambroise oatmeal stout.
The District beams with an unconventional charisma, furnished by a rustic look, an emphasis on local and organic ingredients, and the insistence on preparing in-house plenty of meats, brews, and more. Resist the urge to mull over a menu and examine the large chalkboards adorning the walls and illuminated with the day's meal offerings, which are rotated at the chef's will. Favourite plates include the house-cured and house-smoked bucket of bacon ($7.25), an aromatic, smoky, crispy filled pail that attacks all senses with the kind of catharsis that only bacon and bags of money can give. The delectable District burger overlays a block of juicy beef in the colours of tomato confit, caramelized onions, bacon, and white cheddar ($13.75). Mains such as the chorizo-sausage and sundried-tomato mac ‘n’ cheese ($15.50) and the fresh B.C. chanterelle mushroom and squash risotto ($16.95) greet shy stomachs like a grizzly bear best friend, with a cheery and nourishing hug. Pair your palate-pleasers with one of The District's homebrewed potables such as the black pilsner ($6.25 for 20 oz.), a dark lager with medium body and a hint of coffee.
The cherished tradition of the rustic public house remains alive and well at The Kilkenny Irish Pub, where Irish and British fare—along with local pub stables such as burgers and nachos—fuels hours of good-natured revelry. Chandeliers hanging overhead illuminate the knotted patterns on wood-panelled booths as well as the high ceilings of the central dining room. The bar's various nooks betray more than a touch of Old World charm, from the warmth that emanates from a stone fireplace to the antique bicycles pinned to the walls and the steam-powered Big Buck Hunter console in the arcade room. After a short jig across the rugged planks of the hardwood floor, one arrives at a luxurious lacquered bar, whose tenders pour whisky or frosty pints of brew to pair with feasts of shepherd's pie and Yorkshire pudding.
Olympic Billiards & Bar enchants sport enthusiasts with a plentitude of game tables, arcade attractions, and broadcasts of athletic contests. Brandishing chalked cues or disguised protractors, participants take aim at 8-balls on a trio of 3.5'x7' pool tables and a half-dozen 4'x8' billiards tables. A video arcade houses gamer favourites such as air hockey, ande a full bar dispenses 20 bottled beers as big-screen televisions and projectors air the latest football and hockey bouts. On Saturday nights, DJs pepper the dance floor with dubstep beats before harpsichord players take the stage to interpret Top 40 hits from the 1600s.