Drinking while eating prevents food from becoming lonely, ensuring that each morsel leaves on the arm of a non-threatening drop of hooch. Play matchmaker with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of dinner and drinks at The Pour House Pub on Chatham Street West.
The Pour House Pub, an upscale gastropub, serves a menu full of foodie-pleasing pub favourites alongside draft beers, local wines, cocktails, and Scotches. Like a monocle-wearing robot, dinner melds classic fare with a modern touch, as evidenced by the goat-cheese topped gourmet potato skins ($7.95), sturdy steak sandwich ($9.95), and radiant veggie panini ($7.95). The slab of ribs ($9.95 for half, $17.95 for full) leads the hearty entree parade, and a panoply of pastas ($10.95–13.95) bring up the rear in grand Apennine style. The pub’s nimble-fingered tapsters ensure a phrenologically sound head on a pint of Labatt Blue, Stella Artois, Sapporo, and other draughts, and fanciful cocktails, such as a Professor Plum or a Red Lotus (both $6.95) illustrate their alchemic abilities. Exposed brick walls, ductwork, and Tudor-esque wooden beams conspire with stained glass accents and low lighting to keep diners as cozy in their seats as dinner is cozy in their stomachs.