I’d like to first and foremost introduce myself as the Story Editor for The Bolt, but I am also so much more… foodie, wino, I love to find fun and interesting things to do all over the city. I know that throughout the school year you will all be going through many emotions and changes; whether that is stress, boredom, tuition onset poverty, heartache, or love. I know the student life well going into my fifth and last year, and I’ve felt all of these things at some point in my student career. Throughout the year I hope to help you all out by letting you know about things that are happening around the city; places that you can go to eat cheap and delicious food, de-stress, party, date, and exercise. My ultimate goal for this column is to make your year as a student at Concordia a little easier, happier and healthier. Hopefully you’ll use my articles to create some memorable university moments this school year!
So with that, onto the article. Along with the beginning of the school year comes the time to make new friends, reacquaint yourselves with old ones and squeeze in as much partying as you can before you end up broke and behind in all of your studies. So with that topic in mind let’s look at some of the best (and cheapest) bars that our city has to offer.
Best Bar to Catch-up with a Small Group:
The Sugar Bowl
This quaint bistro/pub with exposed brick and rustic charm will excite all of your instagramming fantasies, plus it has a lot going on despite its size. The Sugar Bowl boasts an extensive selection of craft and Belgian beers (160 craft beers to be exact). Enjoy the last bit of heat that we have left by sitting out on their patio’s wooden benches during their everyday happy hour, between 2:00 and 7:00pm. The Sugar Bowl is a great place to catch up all through the night as the kitchen doesn’t close until midnight and the drinks keep flowing until 1 o'clock in the morning Sunday through Thursday and 2 o'clock in the morning on Friday and Saturday. If drinking isn’t your thing... or if you’re like me and enjoy a healthy dose of mimosa, The Sugar Bowl is also one of the top rated brunch spots in the entire city. Try their cinnamon buns, you won’t regret it!
Most Chic Bar:
Are you a trendsetter? Are you the planner of your group? Do you know what’s happening around yeg? Then you should definitely know (and take people to) The Common. I’ve passed by this place many a times, always looking in but never having a reason to go. I finally got the chance to go there this summer for a ladies night out and let me tell you, it was really coool. The Common has something for everyone, and their mission is to bring all types of people together in experiencing new food, music and culture. The Common boasts comfort food that is elevated to new heights. Take their Chicken and Waffles for example: “Spicy chicken, bacon waffle, blackberry with goat cheese butter and watermelon.” To die for. Or their After Dinner Mint: “Dark chocolate mousse, mint ice cream & pop rocks”. What was that??? Yes I did say pop rocks. And not to worry, since this place is as hip as hip can be there are many gluten-free options for my celiac, and my undiagnosed slightly gluten-intolerant hipster friends. If you want to dress up and go out to a chic place with fancy cocktails and interesting food The Common is definitely my first choice!
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #178
How could I not write about the nearest and dearest canteen to Concordia’s heart, The Legion.
The Royal Canadian Legion is a fantastic organization supporting Veterans across Canada. It is a place where everyone is welcome and supported (as long as you take off your hats). The Legion has become a sort of second home to many of the Veterans and families of Veterans that seem to have their morning coffee and afternoon cold one there almost everyday. What does this mean for us? By going there we are supporting a good cause, bridging the generation gap between us university students and some very friendly older folk and drinking really, really cheap beer. ($12 or $13 dollars a pitcher to be exact). Although it may not be the classiest of places the best parts about the Legion are the friendly people, the complimentary pool tables, dart boards and horseshoes, and the cheap drinks that will keep you satisfied all night! We booked our class’s Christmas Party there last year and we had so much fun! We even got to hook up our own music so we could dance the night away!
I would have liked to include a few more bars on this list, however I have a problem with closure and end up rambling on and on seemingly forever. Hudsons, and Craft Beer Market were both runner ups, as they are both relatively interesting places to go to with large groups of people. Go out and enjoy a few good laughs and some drinks while you can Concordia. It’s important for your mental health to stop watching re-runs on Netflix. Dress up and go out with actual people this weekend, that is my challenge for you. Until next time Concordia.