According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans cannot attain self-actualisation without first tending to such basic physiological needs as water, sleep, and burgers. Achieve overall fulfillment with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of creative pub fare and drinks at The Grad Club, located in the Grad House along the edge of the Queen's University campus on Barrie Street.
Housed in a three-story Victorian home, The Grad Club sates Kingston with daily food specials made from fresh, local ingredients and a hearty draft beer rotation, including selections from small microbreweries. Each round of sun vs. moon brings a new quiche ($7.95) and daily special ($9.95), with recent appearances by fish tacos with homemade guacamole and red Thai curry chicken with seasonal vegetables atop quinoa. Diners fuel up on standard gastro grub, including the ubiquitous cheeseburger ($8.95) and a plate of sweet potato fries ($5.95), to prep for shooting pool, playing high-stakes foosball or ping pong, or pretending a conversation is more interesting than what's on the TV. Bars on the first and second floor pour an extensive beer menu that boasts one of Kingston's biggest selections of micro and craft beers ($6.50/pint, $18/pitcher) alongside domestic selections ($5.80/pint, $16/pitcher). With Internet access and lounge areas on each floor, the fashionably aloof and unfashionably awkward find spots to chill with a cup of organically grown fair-trade coffee ($1.50, second cup half price).
The Grad Club hosts regular events, including beer tastings, open mic nights, and trivia nights. Bands regularly play on the first floor, with upcoming acts including Born Ruffians, PS I Love You, and The Rural Alberta Advantage.