With 16 Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables, The Break Room offers amateur and expert sharpshooters a comfy and friendly place to practice their skills. Along with the sea of felt-green open spaces, the bar boasts a 16-foot high definition projection television and two dedicated areas for darts. Parties large and small spread out over a 12,000 interior, and enjoy pints of draft beer along with hot and cheesy finger food.
Voted one of the city's best wine- and beer-making establishments by Waterloo Chronicle readers, The Brew House guides future pour-masters into the fermented arts of concocting beer, wine, coolers, and cider. During the cocktail experience, cocktail makers either mix 15 bottles of two flavours, or 30 bottles of their single favourite flavour. The cocktail then sits and The Brew House masters filter the tasty concoction and add the flavouring. You then return and distribute your cocktails into 30 750-mL bottles not otherwise occupied by genies (customers can bring their own, or purchase new bottles for $1.41 each, including HST). Strawberry- and lime-margarita varietals burst through mouth-doors and gift tongues with a zesty, fruity bouquet and a touch of tequila; the mojito wets whistles with mint and citrus overtones. Call ahead or send a sober carrier pigeon to schedule a class.
Walk inside Caf? 1842, and one is surrounded by marble floors, exposed brick walls, and a restored tin ceiling. The caf?, tucked inside the lobby of the Huether Hotel, is replete with the aroma of Seattle?s Best Coffee and freshly baked muffins and scones. A fireplace adds a homey touch for people to sit and sip their coffee, or roast their morning marshmallows.
Each October, Cambridge Bavaria Haus hosts an Oktoberfest celebration with German food, music, beer, and the audible clinking of steins. This year?s festivities include live performances from Peter Baumann?s Oompah Band and Ties that Bind. It?s part of a citywide Oktoberfest celebration that raises funds for more than 70 affiliated local charities, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, seeing-eye-dog training schools, and area homeless shelters. And while the event's charitable efforts deserve acclaim, it's not the only thing notable about this local Oktoberfest: National Geographic named it the best such celebration outside of Germany, stating that visitors can expect "an authentic taste of Germany from a city that was named Berlin until 1916."
Brisa Fine Wine & Gifts gathers worts from around the globe to grant hops hounds an opportunity to craft fine microbrews themselves. The Festa Brew premium beer kit batches your choice of one of six brews in 36 500-millilitre bottles to quench genial thirst and take the edge off of a long day of narwhal noodling ($78.50). On the first visit, you mix the ingredients yourself before tearfully taking leave, as the baby beverage steadily grows in age, wisdom, and alcohol proof over the course of three weeks. On your second visit, the beer is bottled and ready to take home for refrigeration.