In the dining room, the rhythmic pounding of a bodhrán hand drum mingles with the joyful melodies of a tin flute, flooding every inch of the space with an ebullience punctuated by onlookers’ clapping hands and tapping feet. The diners have left the feasts spread across their tables mostly untouched, their attention glued to the band in the midst of their lively song. Such moments aren't a rarity at Donegal's Irish House, but are an almost nightly occurrence at the jovial eatery that brings locals together to make new friends and share in internationally inspired meals.
Champions of fostering an atmosphere of community and friendship, the affable staff goes out of its way to make guests feel welcome, thanks to attentive service and an ever-changing calendar of events that keep inviting guests back. On select evenings, patrons can convene at Donegal's to watch a Canucks game or to see local bands. As guests chat and mingle in the dining room, the kitchen buzzes with chefs concocting Irish standards such as shepherd's pie and international cuisine that includes perogies and sausage, jambalaya, and butter chicken. Donegal's signature dish remains the whopping blarney stone burger, a 7.5-pound charbroiled Canadian beef patty that gets its eater a commemorative T-shirt and a place on the wall of fame if it's eaten within two hours with no help. Unsuccessful competitors, meanwhile, find their snapshot displayed on the wall of shame, under the most personal entry from their dream journals.
Bringing an approachable style of tavern cheer to its Surrey street corner, Jack's Public House sets its hearty breakfast and dinner fare against a perpetually festive backdrop. Customers enter under Jack's long, blue awning and elbow up to the bar's rich woodwork or grab a specialty drink such as a Jackersonic gin and tonic before sauntering over to the outdoor patio area. Recent and enthusiastic new owners have revamped the menu and installed flat-screen TVs for keeping tabs on UFC, NFL, and soap-opera action. Each day delivers a different weekly promotion or event such as Almost Famous Karaoke nights emceed by sing-along enthusiast Jacqueline Stone.
For good times and great food, head on over to Surrey's Amber Jacks Tap House.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Amber Jacks Tap House's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
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Lush green foliage wraps around one half of Roo's Pub and Grill, although the building cannot easily be concealed. Its large physical presence is matched by an extensive menu of hearty eats, including pasta dishes with hot chorizo and burgers formed in-house and topped with cheese and mushrooms.
A rough stone wall forms a backdrop behind the bar, which glimmers with a multitude of bottles, and a fireplace surrounded by dark wood cultivates a rustic feel. Patrons can entertain themselves after meals by heading to pool tables and dartboards, or they can let others do the entertaining during live music and open-mic events. Flatscreen televisions are also onsite, ensuring guests always know if there's a thunderstorm warning or a new commercial for car insurance.
The Hronopoulos family, owners of Sokela Restaurant and Lounge, call upon Greek, Italian, Moroccan, Spanish, and French influences to create a menu that represents a mélange of Mediterranean flavours. Sokela was born when the owners decided to turn the image of their traditional Greek restaurant, Alekos, around by reversing its name. To reflect this new philosophy, the Greek plates share menu space with chorizo, gnocchi, and West Coast seafood dishes to please palates and confuse U.S. customs employees. Beige and brown accents, tiles, exposed wood, and short cylindrical hanging lamps create a casual atmosphere and surround patrons as they dine in the main room or the lounge.
From its perch alongside the Pitt River, Gillnetter Pub serves up crab cakes, halibut burgers, seafood stew, and PEI mussels that complement a view of the tranquil water, best enjoyed on the open-air patio that hosts revellers all summer long. Winter visitors get a similarly cozy treatment with an enclosed patio complete with a stone fireplace, toasty heaters, and an awning that folds back when the weather allows. Inside, diners feasting on baby back ribs or clam chowder can take in sports on one of several HDTVs or the pub's big screen, with games from the Canucks, Whitecaps, and BC Lions making regular appearances on the screens and in the strange dreams that customers have later that night.