Smiley's food gurus pair the menu's modern twists on pub fare with custom seasonal cocktails and more than 30 beers. Pickle slaw accompanies a hot-pressed pastrami sandwich ($13), and charred chicken lounges on top of a cushy salad in safety, watched over by a spandex-clad tag-team of chili-spiced chickpeas and double-smoked bacon ($16). In the kitchen, chefs roast organic salmon in a pan and coat it with a soy yuzu glaze ($16) and fold mushrooms into ravioli drizzled with Pommery mustard sauce and pecorino ($14). Customers can wake up taste buds with a selection of weekend brunch offerings such as a short-rib hash ($14) or gargle with potable selections from the bar, including draft beers, craft brews, and classic and seasonal cocktails. Meanwhile, patrons groove to the sound waves of occasional music performers, answer trivia questions during weekly events, and discover a wormhole to an Old Western saloon in the corner pocket of the billiards table.
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant boasts two levels of revelry-inducing real estate outfitted with more than 400 seats from which patrons can enjoy live music, authentic Irish flavours, and frothy beverages. Ceili's preps palates with a hearty drink menu of premium domestic drafts ($6.75) and imported pours including Irish favourites such as Guinness and Harp, each served in a proper drinking glass to evoke the beer's true flavour quality and sweating behaviours ($7.75+).
Joe's Apartment envelops carousers in an unpretentious atmosphere with live music, engaging bartenders, and a considerable dance floor. Skip the long wait and saunter up to the VIP line with two covers ($24 total) in tow and a yarn carnation tucked into your lapel. Souse a draft beer ($5.75) or get your daily dose of veggies with the signature pickle back, a shot of Jameson followed by a pickle juice chaser. Bartenders genially ring Joe's Bell and salute any tipplers taking a shot or reciting the complete works of Proust, and appearances by alternative rock bands, hip-hop acts, karaoke, stand-up, and house band The Roommates keep the air molecules vibrating with convivial frequencies (see the calendar of events). Bedecked with crystalline chandeliers, gleaming wooden floors, and a lively pool table, the interior glitters with as much decadence as domesticity.
Yagger's menu divulges the details of inventive eats doled out in a fun, casual setting. Commence consumption with a warming bowl of broccoli cheese soup ($8), a flavourful liquid enhanced with the hunger-fighting powers of broccoli and white cheddar. Or try tapas such as the redneck sushi ($9), an innovative mix of hearty pulled pork, green onion, and tempura-battered sushi served with siracha-maple barbecue sauce and extraneous backyard furniture. The muffaletta panini ($11) introduces stacked salami and capicola to provolone cheese and pesto mayo, and the "mac & not so blue cheese" ($13.50) networks white cheddar and gorgonzola cream sauce with jumbo mac noodles, garnished with bruschetta. Herbivoyeurs can catch a glimpse of the vegetarian ravioli ($13), where fresh pasta protectively pockets delicate cheese and asparagus from a torrential downpour of zesty sundried-tomato pesto. Sandwiches include a Mediterranean lamb gyro ($13.50), with roasted organic lamb meat decorated with tzatziki, roasted red peppers, onions, and feta cheese, and an organic smoked bison reuben ($13), with dijon mustard, sauerkraut, and provolone cheese.