With its wood-panelled walls, dartboards, and impressive collection of draft beers (not included in this Groupon), The Brassie Pub brings all of the pocket-watch and penny-farthing panache of a British public house to Toronto. The alehouse menu serves up North American favourites alongside traditional English pub eats.
Rebel’s Rock evokes a traditional Irish county pub, where a cozy atmosphere complements made-from-scratch dishes and a draft-only beer selection. The menu lists three poutine variations, including Dawnes Mess, an Irish interpretation sporting three irish cheeses, Trimelston beef gravy, and a charming brogue ($7). Requisite Irish eats abound, from shepherd's pie ($10) to fish and chips, made with beer-battered North Pacific haddock ($10/5 oz.; $14/10 oz.). The Rebel burger flouts the rules with its combination of a juicy patty and house-made square sausage and its fondness for drag racing ($10).
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms hark back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.