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Taps: 60 / Bottles: 105
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
243 21st St E
, S7K 0B7
phone: (306) 244-6141
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Supposedly the best place in Saskatoon... And we think we're hard off in Ontario.
Atmosphere is small town bar meets faux English pub meets sports bar. Dark lighting, 'English' decor, young and old prairie folk guzzling Blue from bottles, the occasional Guiness. Certainly not a craft beer bar but a bar that happens to have a few craft options.
One tap from local brewers Paddock Wood, some sort of red ale the server explains to me. One or two other passable taps but nothing exciting. A couple import bottles on the list that I would order such as Rochefort or Mc Chouffe.
Service was passable if not a little surly, most of the waitresses looked off the set of Brokeback - small town country girls. Burger was pretty decent, the fries soggy and lukewarm.
My heart tells me there has to be better than this but my head tells me this is likely the best Saskatoon has to offer. Too bad for my stay here...
Edit: Went again. Ordered a number of bottles, most of them not in stock. Finally I had to ask what WAS in stock. Though they did have a new Howe Sound offering on tap which was nice.
06-16-2011 04:32:05 |
More by ritzkiss
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
It's been a couple of years since the last review, so here's an update from a guy who was just passing through. Winston's was recommended to me by Steve Cavan of Paddock Wood fame. Winston's now carries their products. I had a glass of PW's Loki, a high ABV double IPA, and it was wonderful. The decor of Winston's is old English pub - dark wood, leather banquettes, comfy boston chairs instead of rickety armless chairs, subdued lighting, lots of British bric-a-brack, including a red phone booth. The one big room has high dividers to make several sections, and there are also small private side rooms. There are 40 beers on the menu, but being there only the once, I had to make a selection, so I opted for the sampler glasses of Great Western, and the Loki. I can't generalize on the clientel except that on this Friday lunchtime, there were a variety of people from punk-tattoo-ragged jeans, some seniors, some suit and tie men doing a business lunch, and some hipster beautiful people. (I'm one of the seniors). For lunch, I had the bison chili, which was excellent. It came with wonderful bread made on premises. If I ever return to Saskatoon, I will check it out again, but if the place is too noisy or crowded, I will move on. I am generally pleased with my experience there.
05-21-2010 23:29:29 |
More by Conrad
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I have made quite a few visits over the years to Saskatoon's "beer bar," and I have especially been there many times within the last year, as I was working across the street.
The atmosphere is a crap shoot. It has an amazing, cozy decor, full of wood architecture, and even a fireplace over to the side with big comfy chairs. On most weekdays, they've got some pretty decent old time rock n roll playing at a subdued level, and the crowd is generally older. However, on the weekends, the place is overrun with the university/hipster crowd, the popular choice of drink is a pitcher of Keith's for each person, and horrible "new music" is played loudly. Thankfully, they've gotten rid of the VLTs and it is now non-smoking, so I haven't seen to many "street bums" in here for a couple years, which is quite nice.
The beer quality is again a crap shoot. They have a ton of beer from all over the world, but almost all of it is in bottles. And because they have such a broad selection, many of these bottles have been sitting around for far too long. They do carry a lot of top quality beer, but they also have a ton of crap. A couple times I was there, the draft refrigeration was clearly broken as the beer was way too warm (even for my liking).
The service is downright rotten. The beer menu is never up to date, I usually have to order at least 3-4 beers before I finally pick one that they have. The servers know nothing about beer or what is even in stock, at least 50% of the time I am not given a glass until I specifically ask, and every beer is served ICE COLD. Service is always SLOW and never friendly... the seem to prefer hiring clueless young girls.
The selection is again a crapshoot. Yes, they have a ton of beer, even a ton of great beer, but you have no confidence in what is in stock. If you are a beer fan like me, you've tried a lot of beers, you always want to try something new, and you don't like settling for crap. It takes me a long time to eventually get served a beer here, because I take my time and select a beer, only to be told they don't have it, so then I have to start all over again. The tap selection is weak, weak, weak - just your usual import crap. The Canadian micro selection is pitiful, as is the American. This makes no sense at all... and it is downright stupid that they don't even carry Paddock Wood, which is a damn fine brewery that happens to be about a 10 minute drive away!!!
I've eaten here a couple times, and it is nothing to get excited about. Typical greasy pub food. They have a cheap steak sandwich special, which is about the best thing on the menu, but only because you don't feel like you're getting ripped off.
I find the value to be a bit pricey. I guess I like the better beers, but paying close to $10 for a bottle that is sold in Alberta for $4-5 seems a little excessive. I even find their draft beer to be overpriced, most of it is in the $6-7 range.
I had to go right down the middle with most of my ratings. This place could be fantastic, yet they continually shoot themselves in the foot... but I guess it doesn't matter when you get the big weekend crowds. On my last couple visits to Saskatoon, I didn't even bother going because I just end up getting so upset. This place is a joke compared to the Bushwakker in Regina.
08-22-2007 04:00:40 |
More by markaberrant
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a downtown bar with a very mixed patron from VLT addicts, down and outers, art types and business people. The look is fake pub. But is is one of my favourite watering holes in Saskatoon. With the largest selection of bottled beer in the province. The draught selection is large by Saskatchewan standards, but is mainly the usual suspects of commercial imports and Canadian beers.
Part of the Hotel Senator.
The staff are great and they make an effort to know something about their beer.
The food is good.
12-04-2003 20:52:12 |
More by saskguy
Winston's English Pub and Grill in Saskatoon, SK, Canada