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Fanshawe's Restaurant & Bar Guide

Lifestyles | August 29th, 2005

Looking for live music?

Feel like dancing?

Some place different

Pubs & Grub

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216 York Street Ph:432-2263

If you are into live music look no further, because you will be recommending this place to your friends. The dim lights and exposed brick walls make for an authentic musical experience, whether the band is local or international. There is plenty of room for dancing, playing pool or hanging out with friends in the booths. New bands are playing every night except for Sundays, which are retro themed, and Wednesdays, which are "Mo' Gravy" funk night. Make sure you take time to glance at past memorabilia on the walls, 'cause this place has history.

Scots Corner
269 Dundas St Ph:667-2277
If soccer is your game, then head on down to Scot's Corner with the rest of the hooligans to catch the latest match. Decorated to reproduce a traditional pub ambiance, this pub serves up some amazing wings and an impressive list of beer on tap. You are bound to find live entertainment almost every night of the week, but pool tables and the always popular Golden Tee are also crowd favorites.

732 Dundas Street Ph:434-6604
The Embassy brings the best of live local, Canadian and American bands to their stage four nights a week. With new bands performing every week, each with their own eclectic style and sound, you are guaranteed to come across something you love. Most shows are priced between $5 and $10, which is a small price to pay for great talent.

Old Chicago's
153 Carling St. Ph:434-6600
Often mistaken as "Old Chi-cougars", this bar is for the young as well as the young at heart. They offer free salsa dancing lessons every Wednesday night and weekends are packed with people rocking the night away with the house band or one of the many out of town bands that get the crowd moving.

Norma Jean's
1332 Huron St. Ph:455-7711
Close to campus and a hidden gem when it comes to live music, Norma Jean's will keep you rocking every night of the week. The roadhouse stages everything from Fanshawe favorites like The Joys, to fun house bands that play everyone's favorite tunes. The heated patio, full dinner menu, pool tables and great live music keep the clientele coming back.

Poacher's Arms
171 Queen's Avenue Ph:432-7888

The Poacher's Arms is a British pub with all the charm of the old country right amid the action on Queen Street. You will always find live entertainment on weekends and Tuesdays are your night to shine with an open mic. The full menu includes steak, seafood and pizza and can be washed down with one, or all, of their 18 different drafts.

Salt Lounge
183 King Street Ph:642-7258
Live bands rock the stage of Salt every night of the week except Saturday when an alternative DJ spins for the crowd. This live venue bar is home to Jon Poirier, an ex-rated comedian/singer, every Sunday night and Tuesdays are reserved for Indy Punk performances.

Galleria Mall Ph:672-2739(BREW)
If you are downtown and looking for some eats try Rockwaters in the Galleria Mall. This Muskoka-themed restaurant features lounge chairs, big screen TVs and live music all weekend. You'll feel like you went to the cottage for dinner after glancing at the Canadian-style BBQ menu, which features tummy tempting burgers, steaks and good ol' fish and chips.

Brass Door Irish Pub
186 King Street Ph:438-7115
If dressing up just to be groped by complete strangers doesn't qualify for a great night out, then stop by The Brass Door for a pint. This long, narrow pub has dedicated lots of seating room for those wanting to relax while enjoying live music almost every night of the week. The entertainment varies from acoustic cover tunes to good old rock and roll, but decibels are governed to allow a steady flow of conversation.

Out Back Shack
Student Union Building
You just might be calling this place home for the next couple of year considering it's only steps away from your next class. Located in the Student Union Building (SUB), Fanshawe's own pub is a mecca of live entertainment and tasty, yet inexpensive, food. From Monday to Friday, day or night, there is always something going on here. From the infamous Sex Toy Bingo, open mic nights and karaoke to Thursday night pubs with DJ Styles that has everyone out of their seats, the OBS has it going on!

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Feel Like Dancing?

The Barking Frog
580 Talbot Ph:435-0259
The Barking Frog is the place to see and be seen if you are interested in adding some sophistication to your clubbing. The more mature crowd gather here to experience the six different distinct bars, dance floor and newly renovated patio, while partaking in The Persuader; a house specialty concoction. Mondays are reserved for martinis and muscles, while DJs from Toronto are brought in on Thursday nights. Remember a dress code is in effect so leave your baseball hats, sneakers and ripped jeans at home.

Drink Night Club
60 Wharncliffe Road N. Ph:679-0101
The Drink is the place to be on Poorboy Fridays when drinks are poured for rock bottom prices in four different rooms on two levels. Most nights a DJ is mixing the best in Hip Hop, R&B, House and Trance, but some big names roll into town to play on the stage, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Roxbury Pub & Grill
1165 Oxford E Ph:951-0665
If you are fed up with expensive cab rides downtown, head just two blocks from campus and you'll find The Roxbury. Open every night until 2am, this Fanshawe favorite is one of the trendiest nightclubs in town. With a DJ spinning the best of top 40 and hip-hop four nights a week, a good time isn't far from home. Hit this place up on Monday nights when darts and pool are free.

333 Richmond St. Ph:679-6949
No matter what your style GT's will satisfy your party needs. With a huge heated patio, nonstop dance floor, pool tables and local bands rocking in the basement, it feels like three bars in one. Get there early to take advantage of the cheap drinks before 10:30 and to avoid the line that can creep up on weekends. Stop by on Monday nights to join the Texas hold'em poker tournament and chow down on the 25-cent wings.

Phoenix Night Club
441 Richmond St. Ph:963-1448
This club has one of the hottest dance scenes in the city, so dress to impress. The Phoenix has it all from cages to cameras. Everywhere you turn there is something, or someone, new to look at either on the dance floor, balcony or downstairs at the oxygen bar. The entire ambiance screams art deco with bright colours, flashing lights and shiny objects to catch your eye. After a busy night out check out the Phoenix website to see if your late night escapades made it onto Club Phoenix TV.

Ceeps & Barney's
671 Richmond Street Ph:432-1425
With 115 years of experience keeping students well hydrated and fed, the Ceeps is a popular destination every night of the week. Whether strolling in for 35-cent wings and football on Mondays or getting your grove on while indulging in cheap Ceeps home brew on Thursdays, it's always a good place to party with friends in a casual atmosphere. Just remember when dancing the night away that the bar also delves out free peanuts during the day and popcorn at night. Right next door, Barney's boasts a 500-capacity patio during the warm months where you can enjoy lunch or party with DJ's Hush and Blaze on Thursday nights. During the winter, Barney's heads indoors and dims the lights for a classy atmosphere featuring acid jazz performances on Wednesday nights.

Jim Bob Ray's
595 Richmond St Ph:663-5665
One of the most popular establishments to bust a move, this bar encourages patrons to shake what yo momma gave you on the bar, tables, stage and basically anything that will hold you up. The d»cor can be described as post-modern summer camp and this bar would rather be known as a clubhouse than a club. With no cover and holding up to 600 partygoers in the spacious bar and heated patio, Jim Bob's is sure to please. Just make sure you get there early to avoid the standstill lines on Wednesday night. No hold'em poker fans keep your calendars open on Tuesday nights because the two top winners will be heading to the World Series Poker Tournament.

335 Richmond St. Ph:434-5698
Formally known as NRG London, this dance club showcases the best hip-hop, dance and reggae beats right along side the city's best dancers. Show them what you've got every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights or just sit back, enjoy a cheap drink and appreciate the DJ.

Jack's/Diesel Nightclub
539 Richmond St. Ph:438-1876
Jack Daniels is the inspiration behind this bar that features hardwood floors, a brick bar and enough music to dance the night away any night of the week. You can't get any cheaper than free, so head over to Jack's on Tuesday nights when they are giving away pizzas after 10pm. Wings are only 20 cents a piece on Mondays. If you are looking for a more chic club, head downstairs to Diesel where the flat screen TV's and architectural lighting make for an upscale vibe.

The Last Drop
511 Talbot Ph:433-7737
"London Calling" this bar every Friday night when the best Brit Pop tunes are pumped through the upstairs speakers and into the energetic crowd. Meanwhile, downstairs features an Irish/English style pub atmosphere where every alcoholic beverage is good to the last drop.

The Wave/The Spoke
1151 Richmond St (UWO:UCC Building) Ph:661-3007
The Wave and The Spoke, which are Western's two campus bars, have years of experience when it comes to accommodating students. Located on the main level of the UCC, The Spoke caters to the under-19 crowd by hosting Simpson night and Karaoke on a weekly basis, meanwhile there is still a bar area for those who want to partake in over 19 appropriate beverages. Head upstairs to The Wave for great Pad Thai on Tuesdays and Thursdays and stay late for the club atmosphere. Don't miss local legend Rick McGee, who performs every Wednesday night to a packed house.

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Some place different

Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club
340 Wellington Road Ph:850-5233
If laughter is your medicine of choice Yuk Yuk's host a variety of Canadian comedy talent throughout the year. Open from Thursday through Saturday nights for the pros, the club also invites those who have been itching to try out their latest bit the last Thursday of every month for an open mic. Check out for special guests and times.

Palasad Billiards/La Fiamma
775 Adelaide St. N Ph:645-7164
This entertainment facility has more pool tables than you could shake a cue at and the most impressive bowling lanes in the city. Hours can be well wasted on arcade games or drop in on Tuesdays when Coronas are cheap and Energy 103 is live to air. This Fanshawe favorite is also well known for their wood oven thin crust pizzas, which are 2-for-1 on Mondays. You can order from the full Italian menu at La Fiamma's or kick back in the bar with a plate of nachos and watch all the action.

Famous Flesh Gordon's
2190 Dundas Ph:453-4290
If you're exhausted from a hard day in class and consider dancing a spectator sport, then check out Tequila Tuesday's at Flesh Gordon's. Wednesday morning will come early after a night of cheap tequila, naked women and lying to your girlfriend about spending the night studying at the library. Want to celebrate a friend's birthday or bachelor party? Let the DJ know about the occasion and he'll arrange a surprise.

Beef Baron
624 York Ph:672-3430
Traditionally, a Baron of Beef was roasted only for traditional or ceremonial occasions, and the same could be said about this traditional nudie bar. You will come for the dancing women, but stay for the good wing deals, reasonably priced beverages and annual wet t-shirt contests.

Solid Gold
219 Dundas St. Ph:432-2700
You don't see this very often, but Solid Gold offers free table dances every night at midnight. The comfortable, nightclub atmosphere makes watching naked girls dance less awkward and more entertaining. With three girls performing on three different stages, you are never too far from the action.

Club 181
181 King St. Ph:672-5182
This gay bar attracts people from every side of the rainbow due to its devotion to a dancing good time. There is a charity fundraiser drag show once a month that serves as the definition of eye-catching entertainment. If you are looking for a more subdued night out, head next door to The Annex where the spacious patio and pool tables makes mingling easy.

Chaucer's Pub
122 Carling St. Ph:679-9940
Looking for a cozy pub with a unique Eastern European flair? Look no further than Chaucer's Pub. The authentic hardwood floor combined with the old-world stone fireplace makes for a relaxing evening while sipping one of their fine single malt scotches. Too intimidated by the wine list and the variety of scotch, you could always try one of the 40 different beers they have available from around the world.

Tantra Lounge
611 Richmond St Ph:672-2226
This upscale and fashionable lounge has a d»cor that would impress even the toughest critic. The comfortable sofas and the relaxing atmosphere make for a great retreat from the crowded and sweaty bars. Enjoy a glass of wine, champagne or one of the many martinis the bar has to offer. The food selection consists of appetizers like sushi, calamari and prosciutto wrapped scallops. Look out for Latin Fusion on Thursdays or Temptation Saturdays.

Martini Bar
Mongolian Grill

645 Richmond St. Ph:645-6400

Situated amongst the action on Richmond Row, the Martini Bar mixes up over 40 different types of colourful and potent Martinis. Martini Mondays are well known in the city as a chic way to start the school week without dipping too deep into your pockets. The Mongolian Grill, which is underneath the bar, lets you work your own stir-fry concoctions while they cook your mixture right before your eyes.

Chancey Smiths
130 King Street Ph:672-0384
Gourmet cooking with a touch of class right in the Covent Garden Market, Chancey Smiths serves a delicious combination of seafood and steak. This is the perfect restaurant to take a date, celebrate a special occasion or just go with friends to enjoy a meal that is not prepared by a lunch lady. The clean, airy ambiance mixed with a slow, fine dining experience makes for an enchanting evening, whether you're in the dinning room, on the patio or in the bar. The house specialties include the Market sirloin and the 24 oz Porterhouse steak. The wine list is extensive and well researched and the bar also serves a variety of Belgian beers.

Robinson Hall
398 Talbot St. Ph:433-2200
Situated right across the street from the JLC, Robinson Hall is a classier place to enjoy a night out for dinner and a drink. But the linens come off the tables at nine and with two floors this place really pleases a crowd. If you're not into dancing take a load off and watch one of the many TVs, which are tuned into the hockey game across the street or fashion television.

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Pubs & Grub

Crabby Joe's
1449 Dundas Ph:453-4000
Crabby Joes is a student's gastronomic dream serving up great food deals almost every night of the week and giving an extra 15 per cent discount to Fanshawe students. Appetizers are half price every night after 9pm and Fridays from 3pm-5pm, while Tuesday's are dedicated to 29-cent wings. Tune into your favorite sports game on the TVs or drop in to shoot some pool with friends.

Jack Astor's
88 Fanshawe Park Rd. Ph:663-2091
1070 Wellington Road Ph:680-3800
Over the past year Jack Astor's have undergone renovations to achieve a "cleaner" look and added more TV's, so every seat in the house has a view. This newly acquired asset will come in handy on Mondays and Wednesdays, when football and hockey games will be featured. Try one, or many, of their Frozen Raspberry Twister vodka drinks, which is sure to sweeten any night out.

Wit's End Pub & Grill
235 North Centre Road Ph:850-9487
Tucked away across from Masonville Mall this eatery and pub offers a relaxing atmosphere with charm. Catch the good wing deal on Monday while watching the game, share a plate of nachos with friends or dive into the fish and chips.

900 Oxford E Ph:455-9463
Best known for their four-cheese, smokin' hot, appetizer dip, Kelsey's keep their patrons coming back for the scrumptious Cajun Chicken Alfredo and enormous vegetarian selection. They aim to please by offering 2-for-1 chicken wings on Mondays and cheap Coronas on Tuesdays. With four locations throughout the forest city there is never one too far away.

Joe Kool's
595 Richmond St Ph:663-5665
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With a slogan like "Better food than... Most Hospitals", Joe Kool's goes above and beyond their motto in tasty munchies, comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff. Their famous kitchen sink pizza and nachos are served up in generous portions, which is ideal for students on a budget. Situated on Richmond Row, Kool's is always packed with the student crowd and alumni are drawn back for the bustling personality- oh and, of course, the Santa Fe spring rolls.

Elephant & Castle
355 Wellington,Galleria Mall Ph:434-4554
Located downtown in the Galleria Mall, this joint features two dinning/pub levels, a dance floor, an indoor as well as an outdoor patio and an extensive roadhouse menu. Keep your calendar open for Friday night because they offer dinner and a movie at Rainbow Cinemas for just $12.99.

Runt Club and Fellini Koolini's
155 Albert Street Ph:642-2300
What do you get when you combine amazing Italian cuisine with a laid back atmosphere? The answer is the Runt Club. This tiny pub is attached to Fellini Koolini's, a post-war Italian restaurant offering specialty pastas, seafood along with their famous pizza and pasta architect. When waiting for a table at Fellini's, guests are invited to enjoy a drink, or dozen in the pub, which also serves the full Italian menu.

TJ Baxter's Tap & Grill
660 Richmond Street Ph:642-2666
Equipped with the best rooftop patio in town, this tap and grill gives the customer a bird's eye view of Richmond Row and serves a menu full of pub grub, as well as entr»es. Even if you are counting calories, the secret spice they put on the fries is well worth it. The walls and tables are decorated in city memorabilia, while the long bar makes the access to alcohol that much easier. Nights are usually filled with a crowded bar munching on appetizers and enjoying the wide variety of beverages.

Molly Bloom's Irish Pub
700 Richmond St. Ph:675-1212

Besides being the place to be on St. Patrick's Day, this pub brings the luck of the Irish to the heart of downtown London. As you walk down the stairs you will most likely find a packed house singing along to any one of the bands that play every Tuesday through Saturday nights. Sundays and Mondays are dedicated to Karaoke, but get there early because it's a popular destination for those who love to belt it out. The kitchen serves anything from pub grub to steak and is open 'til 2am, and chase it all down with one of the 17 different pints they have on draft.

Fatty Patty's
390 Springbank Dr. Ph:473-5521
If you are not from London and want to join in on the fun of a neighborhood pub, head across town to Fatty Patty's. There are lots of sport to be watched, food to be eaten and beer to inhale. If you really want to spend some quality time with the townies, get there early on Friday nights to get in your karaoke requests.

Mexicali Rosa's288 DundasPh:439-5111
Head south of the border for some Mexican sizzle with a Californian flare at Mexicali Rosa's. Claiming to have the most charming patio in London, this unique gem features great fajitas and margaritas, and the deep fried ice cream is a must. Need somewhere to practice your Spanish? Every Tuesday, Espa“ol is the language of choice.

Alibi Road House
25 Oxford Street W. Ph:661-0490
If you're into sports and have a big appetite, the Alibi Road House offers great deals during the week. This laid-back sports bar serves up drafts and food specials like sandwiches for an unbelievable price on Mondays, while on Tuesdays they offer 2-for-1 burgers and fries. Wednesdays are reserved for $7.99 all-you-can-eat pasta and on Thursday head in for all-you-can-eat fish and chips, while watching the game on any of the seven TV's. Not ready to head home after last call and need some grub? Remember this joint keeps the kitchen running until 4am every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Players Athletic Lager Co.
1749 Dundas St. Ph:452-1030
If you're into red meat and sports, Players Athletic Lager may be your home away from Fanshawe. The specialties of the house are their 10oz steak specials and the double burgers, which are big enough to fill any carnivores craving. Winner of the weekly football or hockey pool gets the royal treatment in front of a 51-inch big screen TV while munching on free wings.

Honest Lawyer/Downtown Kathy Browns
228 Dundas St. Ph:433-4913
This establishment offers the best of both the eating and drinking worlds. While the Honest Lawyer attracts a huge Monday evening crowd with all you can eat wings, upstairs at Downtown Kathy Browns keeps the weekend crowds happy with live jazz and a DJ. Both pubs are combined to create what they call "London's best beer market;" a name they have earned honestly by offering 25 different varieties of draft. New this year is an open mic night on Wednesdays where local talent is encouraged to jam with the house band.

Alex P. Keatons
580 Talbot Ph:435-0259
With a name like Alex P Keaton's you can't help but make some "family ties" at this relaxed pub and patio. This place has added some spice to the average bar line-up by mixing a casual atmosphere with an upscale pub and lunch menu. Add a long list of microbrewery beers that are hard to find anywhere else in the city with a dash of impressive live acoustic performances, and you have a recipe for a great night.

Taps on Talbot
110 Dundas St. Ph:645-2929
Taps on Talbot is the only establishment in town that offers table taps; a mini keg-like contraption that allows you to pour your own beer right at your own table. This smaller pub setting features an eclectic mix of live bands and DJs almost every night of the week. Meanwhile, those who are more hands on will appreciate the plethora of video games and pool tables.

Huron House/Jimmy's Corner
1345 Huron St. Ph:451-1420
If your looking for a big breakfast at a small price this early morning eatery is close by and cheap. Located on the corner of Huron and Highbury, Huron House also caters to the Karaoke crowd on Friday nights.

McGinnis Landing/Oar House
666 Wonderland Rd. N. Ph:472-8349
This combined sports bar and restaurant maybe on the other side of the city but it's worth the trek to get a hold of the mouth-watering ribs they serve along side a hefty portion of football and hockey. If that isn't enough to entice you, they also claim to have the best service in the city.

Prince Albert's Diner
565 Richmond St. Ph:432-2835
Whether your looking for lunch or need some late night nibbles, Prince Albert's Diner invites you back to the 50's with character and convenience. This place is always packed with the student crowd, either taking a study break in a booth, or grabbing a coffee at the counter. It's a prerequisite to try their infamous milkshakes before you graduate.

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