Like arriving at school naked, going to school in a bustling bar is something that usually only happens in dreams. However, in BartenderOne’s signature MasterClass, that dream becomes a reality as students try their hand behind the bar at a variety of nightlife hubs during mobile, hands-on classes, taught by head bartenders from across the country. This class is just part of the school's unique offerings, which were created by the school’s founders, who surveyed 14 bartending schools on five continents before founding BartenderOne. They wanted to offer their students a preeminent bartending education, so they fused the best of the curricula they saw and left out archaic practices, such as memorizing lists of outdated recipes. The resulting classes—held in active bars to provide real-word experience—run the gamut from full bartender training to workshops on specific skills, such as martini-making, whiskey pouring, or balancing another bartender on your nose. The school is run by people who own and operate bars and restaurants, and they guarantee internships for all of their graduates.
At Magic Lantern Theatres, darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The partnering multiplex theatres and cinemas show recently released blockbuster flicks at 15 locations spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots. In Edmonton, the Princess Theatre’s original 1915 auditorium, complete with balcony, golden drapes, and red walls, accommodates moviegoers with babies or pet hyenas inside a soundproof cry room. In Saskatchewan, the circa-1930 Roxy Theatre preserves the ambience of a Spanish courtyard. As guests find their auditoriums at the Ontario locations, they can admire giant murals by local artist Fred Harrison.
The Senate Sports Tavern & Eatery
blends old-world stateliness with a modern aesthetic when it comes to both the hearty pub food and the decor. Glass display cases set into the exposed brick walls proudly display autographed footballs, jerseys, and other sports memorabilia, and factory-style lights and flat-screen TVs illuminate spacious wooden tables and booths. The atmosphere is lively, especially when the tavern celebrates sporting events of all kinds with screenings, specials, and prizes.
Fans fuel their cheering stores with plates ranging from beef and bison burgers to internationally inspired wraps to entrees including fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie, and New York strip steak. At the bar, 11 taps dispense beers for pairing or pouring on fans of the opposing team.
Going to the movies can make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and this is especially true at Ottawa Family Cinema. A non-profit organization, all of the theater's proceeds go toward local charities. So while you're catching a 3D adventure or prestige picture on the theater's state-of-the-art projection system, you can revel in the good you're doing for the larger community.
The theater's schedule of upcoming showings skews toward kid-friendly fare such as animated adventures and old classics. The fun doesn't necessarily stop at the screen, either. Ottawa Family Cinema also offers door prizes at select showings, as well as three movie parties per year, including a Halloween-themed soiree complete with costume contest.
Lunenburg Pub & Bar nourishes clientele with its extensive menu of delectable pub grub and a full bar brimming with copious brews, wines, and cocktails. Customers can savour pizza slices or juicy burgers while nestled within the three-level restaurant's main lounge area, or imbibe a pint in its lower-level bar or on the all-season outdoor patio. A stonework interior shelters more than 15 flat-screen televisions, and the eatery boasts an abundance of maritime-themed tavern decor, such as a pirate-ship wheel and the employment of servers found among nearby ship wreckage. A spacious upper level houses a dance floor and concert venue for live music.
As players sink numbered balls at 14 pool tables, competing in games of 8-ball or 9-ball, others choose to keep a classic sport alive. Though largely forgotten elsewhere, snooker thrives at The Orange Monkey, where six tables challenge newcomers with smaller pockets and deeper strategy. Within the 7,000-square-foot facility, marble pillars and vintage bar signs complement the old-fashioned decor, making the tables feel right at home in their green felt zoot suits. At the bar, pool sharks hunt down drafts of beer and snacks such as breakfast sandwiches, nachos, and hamburgers.