Above the warm fireplace, a wall of televisions bathes onlookers in the blue glow of four different sports games, eliciting waves of cheers and whoops from an ebullient crowd. In the background, the muted click of billiard balls mixes with animated chatter at the bar to create a merry symphony that lasts late into the night. This is a typical evening at Legends Pub & Restaurant, which fosters a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere for families and sports fans alike.
Legends hosts a variety of activities and events throughout the week— game days beckon fans to ogle 20 TVs, and an outdoor patio festooned with hanging flower baskets invites guests to bask in balmy summer breezes. On weekends, live DJs or bands broadcast their sonic creations over an advanced sound system, prompting those in attendance to practice their dance moves with a partner or wig-clad coat rack. The spacious dining room has a separate section reserved for families to nosh on burgers, pizzas, wings, and British pub classics surrounded by burnt orange walls peppered in sports memorabilia.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs?teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.
Oscar's Pub immerses patrons in a casual neighbourhood atmosphere while immersing stomach interiors in hearty pub fare such as wings in 10 sauces ranging from spicy to sweet. Burgers and entrees feature AAA Canadian beef marinated in au jus, as internationally inspired eats such as wonton soup traipse across the menu for a more global experience than slumber parties held by U.N. ambassadors. Ever-changing upcoming events include wings and ribs nights as well as karaoke Sundays, which urge guests to flex their vocal pipes. UFC, European soccer, football, and Canucks games shine down from 11 high-definition wide-screen televisions to illuminate revellers and intimidate french fries into lying still.
Chalkboard menus and sports memorabilia adorn the inside of The Sin Bin Sports Grill, where full lunch, dinner, and brunch menus keep bellies as full as the bar’s event calendar. Sports fans join their ilk beneath 106 inches of projected television screen, and comedy fans take in standup one to two times a week. During lunch and dinner, tapas, blue-cheese-decked strip steaks, and burgers accompany the entertainment; and come midday on weekends, brunchers can sink their teeth into a variety of benedicts: blackened chicken, smoked salmon, and portobello gouda are just a few of the options.
At The Factory, rock 'n' roll-styled décor sets a lively scene for a meal of classic bar fare and an extensive list of cocktails, shooters, and beer. Small plate starters such as pierogi with chipotle mayo, sour cream, bacon, and green onions ($5.95) and a full pound of breaded chicken wings ($5.95) prevent taste bud insurrection before the meal arrives. Entrees include the Santa Fe sandwich, a chicken burger with avocado, mango salsa, and fries ($5.95), and the house specialty, the Anaconda ($9.95)—an unholy hybrid of BLT, cheeseburger, and grilled cheese sandwichcraft threatening to encircle, squeeze, and devour doctor's notes in one fell swoop. Beer arrives at thirsty tables from the tap or in bottles, and a staggering list of popular shooters and cocktails satisfies both the sweet tooth and the savoury tonsils.