Sports bars were invented by the ancient Greeks, who needed a place to watch the Olympics while supping on a heady ambrosia of fried potato skins. Aspire to the status of a demigod with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of barbecue, burgers, and drinks at Bleue Coyote Bar and Grill in Brentwood Bay.
Bleue Coyote's kitchen whips up a menu of straightforward, down-home comfort fare while barkeeps pour 16 tap beers and an array of wines and cocktails. The hearty, soul-inflected menu includes several savoury barbecue options, such as the wings ($10.95), a baker's dozen of juicy, panko-breaded poultry flappers slathered with sauce, and The Widow Maker ($13.95), a femme fatale of a burger involving a charbroiled 8-ounce patty topped by a mound of Memphis-style pulled pork smothered in smoky barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese and accompanied by hardboiled film noir narration. Meanwhile, the classic burger ($10.95) foregoes the extra adornments so carnivores can savour the meat. While ingesting these delicacies, diners can quaff brews drawn from 16 taps ($5.25–$7.75) or sip one of the bar's classic martinis ($6.75), all while divvying up their attention among 11 flat-screen TVs and a 100-inch projection screen showing sports and security camera bloopers.