Before burgers discovered the comforting cradle of buns, they sought refuge in vacant shirt pockets and waited out rainstorms in out-of-use Discmen. Honour their symbiotic solution with today's Groupon: for $11, you get two Fat City burgers and fries at The Sports Tap and Grill or Coppers Pub (up to a $21.98 value).
Anchored in the charming quarters of the 172-year-old Queen's Inn, these convivial eateries rouse patrons with a potpourri of upscale pub fare and a favourable lineup of draft beers. Bibbed partakers can abandon cutlery and white tuxedo jumpsuits in order to dig into Coppers Pub's Fat City burger, a handcrafted vessel of never-frozen meat draped in Canadian back bacon and a blanket of warm cheddar cheese ($10.99). Neighbouring patty aficionados at The Sports Tap and Grill can also summon the embrace of a toasted kaiser bun with a variety of Fat City protein fillers, including lean ground beef, tender ground turkey, all-natural chicken breast, and range-fed Wolfe Island bison. In addition to donning a classic triple crown of lettuce, tomato, and onion, the signature burger also musters the company of a complimentary french-fry brigade. Like the patient inventors of the bendy straw, a team of poised brew wizards eagerly awaits the verdicts of thirsty patrons and primes palates for smooth consumption at both watering holes with 20 ounces of Molson M, Creemore, and Murphy's stout ($5.52+, not included in this Groupon).
After staving off a hunger-induced jig, victors can revel in athletic adrenaline while watching live sporting events on The Sports Tap and Grill's 10-foot HD projection system and 42-inch flat screens or defeat coexistent cohorts in a scintillating round of billiards. Unlike its contemporary counterpart, Coppers boasts 19th-century style with a lively, conversational atmosphere and street-side patio seating for fair-weather dining and flash-mob eating contests.