Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pubs for General Synod

(If you are looking for the full list of pubs for General Synod, click here)

To my kind, dear lord, Lady Catherine von Bora, Mrs. Doctor Luther, at Wittenberg

. . .

Yesterday I drank something which did not agree with me, so that I had to sing: If I don’t drink well I have to suffer, and [yet] I do like to do it. I said to myself what good wine and beer I have at home, and also [what] a pretty lady or (should I say) lord. You would do well to ship the whole cellar full of my wine and a bottle of your beer to me here, as soon as you are able; otherwise I will not be able to return home because of the new beer. *

With this I commend you to God, together with our young ones and all the members of our household. Amen.

July 29, 1534
The Man whom you Love
Martin Luther, Doctor

Joe Walker, who blogs at felix hominum, has tagged me with a request to make a list of pubs in Winnipeg for General Synod. I'm happy to oblige - but you, humble reader of Winnipeg, are asked to add names of your favourite pubs as well.

Tap and Grill: Well lit, big tables, good food. A little more expensive than most pubs. I usually get the Warthog on tap - which comes in a frosted glass. Watch out for classical musicians, who've been known to haunt the place after concerts. Don't watch out for them after the concert, but rather after they've had one too many crantinis. 137 Osborne Street.

Toad in the Hole: Irish pub, with Irish music on the weekends. I do remember their ability to pour Guinness well. Watch for the pub dog, who is gentle, with one blue eye and the other brown, and probably multiple cancers from the days when smoking was legal inside. And if he's passed away, RIP, Toad in the Hole pub dog. Wheelchair access is from the back. 112 Osborne Street.

The King's Head: Another great Winnipeg pub. Wheelchair access is around back, though up a very steep ramp. Down is always the harder part, especially after being plied with Boddingtons by a generous churchwarden. You can get stuck mid-wheelie half-way down the ramp, only to find yourself sitting in a puddle with your chair across the parking lot. (I didn't know a wheelchair would bounce so well off a K-Car until that night.) But don't ask me about this story. Ask the churchwarden. He was the one with a soggy carseat after he dropped me off. From the puddle, folks.

The King's Head is members only, but membership only costs $5 at the door. Find a Winnipegger with a membership, and they can sign in as many people as they want. 120 King Street.

Any other pubs good for theological conversation in our fair city?

* As the story goes, sweet Catherine did send Martin that beer.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we're getting to the core doctrine...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having moved to Toronto mere weeks after my 18th birthday, I'm not exactly a helpful one on this. I was going to say Toad, but you covered that.

"Haven't you always wanted a k-car, a nice, reliant automobile"

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 7:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preston: there will be a few Edmontonian delegates looking for your leadership on the pub issue. We have also decided to compose an alternative GS Pub song, based loosely on Stan Rogers' Canadian folk song "Barrett's Privateers".

Thursday, March 22, 2007 7:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Acadamy Bar and Eatery is another option. This one is in River Heights on Academy road and has a good atmosphere and it is within walking distance of Preston's home! They have good beer, but also food, coffee and tea and they often have live music in the evenings!

Friday, March 23, 2007 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Let us not forget about Cousins, good ol' faithful Cousins, with their soggy samosas and extensive collection of plants living in the front window. The counter staff is a little forgetful, and the lighting is dismal enough to pass for intimate. Unfortunately, there are only two beers on tap: Fort Garry Dark, and something about Catfish that I usually have. Accessible right thru the front door. No steep hills at the end of the night here. Corner of Wolseley and Sherbrook.

Monday, March 26, 2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Oh! And there is the Fox and the Hound, on Portage near Route 90 overpass. Bring as much change as your pockets will hold...if the slots don't get you, the bikers or the middle aged waitresses with bad breath and too short skirts just might.

Monday, March 26, 2007 12:14:00 PM  

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