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.
Score on Davie induces revelry with a hearty assortment of locally sourced edibles and an internationally inspired drink menu. Patrons can prescribe one of eight marinades to invigorate the free-range chicken wings ($11.50) and can embrace the eatery's convivial atmosphere by supplying nearby tables with samples or by leading pub-wide renditions of the hokey-pokey. For a less communal taste test, deft kitchen operatives can stash roasted corn, black beans, and avocado in the stealth sleeve of a Bandito quesadilla ($11) or can accessorize the Score burger ($14) with a belt of bacon and a clenched brioche bun. Beer drinkers can toast these feasts with a selection of 11 draft beers and 27 bottled brews ($4.50–$12), and a 71-inch plasma screen affords exquisite views of hockey highlights and competitive needlepoint matches. An expansive streetside patio provides opportunities for halftime strolls and leisurely people watching.
The Diamond's rookie bartender seminars help avid amateur cocktailers and home bartenders improve their drink-slinging technique to impress friends, family, and house-bar flies alike. Courses are taught by award-winning bartenders and will include an initial demonstration of six artfully constructed cocktails, followed by a student-tasting of the samples. Once students have swilled the lovely libations, they'll be expertly guided in constructing their choice of two of the demonstrated cocktails. Classes are typically centred on a rotating theme and include such sessions as whiskey cocktails, classics, gin cocktails, and vodka drinks, among others.