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Though the name evokes images of a dingy basement dive, Scruffy’s is actually quite a lovely pub. The two-floor gem was converted from an 1850s house built by a War of 1812 veteran, and has been restored to almost gleaming condition. The front of the building resembles an atrium, with sunlight pouring through a glass wall that stretches all the way up to the vaulted ceiling. The bar is framed in dark wood inlaid with painted designs, a deep hue that’s carried throughout the space on tabletops and chair backs. Tufted red booths run along a few of the walls, and bright white posts prop up the railings that edge the upstairs balcony.
Like the surrounds, the menu is casually elegant. There are a handful of pub-style dishes, of course, such as Irish lamb stew and shepherd’s pie, as well as more diverse plates of chicken carbonara and Indian-style vindaloo curry. Most nights, there’s some form of event to entertain people as they eat, whether it’s karaoke, live music, or the strangely two-dimensional athletes on the flat-screen TVs.
Naughty Nadz Bar & Restaurant fuels late-night festivities with a menu of eclectically inspired pub cuisine. Besides familiar staples—including fish 'n' chips and gravy-smothered poutine—cooks serve up a selection of Mexican- and Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Housemade guacamole and salsa accompany the jalapeno-laden nachos, and hummus lines flour tortillas alongside refreshing cucumbers, baby spinach, and feta cheese.
Flat-screen televisions, foosball, and a pool table help keep visitors occupied while they enjoy their meal or their drink. The pub hosts open-mic nights twice a month as well as karaoke every Sunday, encouraging guests to croon their favorite song or the most musical passages of their television's instruction manual.