Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Review: Pour House Irish Alehouse & Pub

It was on a rare Saturday night that I was carousing in the big city with my cousins Hee Haw and the Rubber Duck, and serendipity found us celebrating the Pour House’s fourth birthday. Judging by the disbelief of our fellow celebrants, it was probably touch-and-go in February 2003 when the Dupont Street pub launched on the eve of Toronto's SARS crisis.

The evening was almost derailed when my Coors Light order was rejected – here we go again, I thought, another snotty pub that “doesn’t serve domestic” – but was quickly salvaged with the pub's offering of ice cold Bud Light. The evening see-sawed with our kilted waitress at one moment demanding the use of coasters on a table that had been planed with somebody's teeth, and the next moment steering us towards a delightful lamb burger slathered in tzatziki sauce. On the strength of the Budweiser alone, on a go/no-go scale, I would have given the Pour House a “go”, but these reviews would be pretty weak if I never got past drinks.

6 comments:

Webber said...

Good pub. Though I hate it when a bar refers to itself as an "Irish Pub". Just be a pub, if it is a good one, its heritage should be obvious.

The Pour House is the same chain as Fion McCool's and D'Arcy McGee's.

Road Hammer said...

That's reason enough for this beer drinker of Irish and German stock to stay away.

David said...

Good call, fellas. Do you think we could move to Ireland and start a chain of "Canadian" bars? We could model it on the Big Bear Hotel in Hawk Junction, serving Blue and bacon sandwiches.

Road Hammer said...

I wonder how well poutine would go over on the Emerald Isle.

David said...

Well, we know they like potatoes, and who can resist the delectable combination of cheese curds and gravy?

webber said...

Funny... there is an Canadian themed bar in London, The Maple Leaf. It was owned by Labatt's but now is run by locals. Not bad, though the main decorations appeared to be Moosehead stuff and Oilers jersey's circa 1987.

That being said, I wish there was a bar like The Big Bear in Toronto!!