I decided to drop into the pub Saturday night Sept 05/2015. At first the service was a little slow but I have to be honest it got better as the night went on. Friendly and more relaxing by midnite. No concerns there and never had to sit with my back to the wall I did feel comfortable.
I found the karoke to me fun not too many real good singers BUT HEY? Isn't it suppose to be fun you know get those shower singers on stage for a good old time laugh!!!
All in all IT IS WHAT IT IS.
Great good old fun, if this is not what you expected then stay away find the place you like and enjoy it.
I had fun
Dusty Rider 7
I decided to try this place out because there's isn't much for karaoke in Kitchener right now. What a disappointment.
The place was full of what appeared to be underage drinkers. I bought $4.00 drinks all night and the bartender would only give me my change in loonies or toonies, therefore I had the choice of either tipping 25% or 50%. This seems a little excessive, considering their price of drinks is more expensive than most other places. Near the end of the evening, I asked for some water and they had the nerve to charge me $4.00 for TAP WATER which was undrinkable.
It's a shame because this bar has a great patio area for the summer but I unfortunately won't be returning.
I am a regular at The Corner Pub and am very upset that the only reviews that ever appear are negative. Why would someone go to a karaoke night and then complain that it was all Karaoke? I am not a singer...I can, but don't sing because I ENJOY HEARING VERY GOOD SINGERS AND I AM JUST AVERAGE. Randy has many very good singers who follow him from venue to venue because he has a very good show. Yes he like most of us can get a little rude sounding but that is just what it is. He may sound rude to some but does not intend to be. If he was rude all these people would soon find another karaoke spot to go to. As for the music not suiting all the customers...that is one of the joys of Karaoke. Every singer has his preference so you are not likely to have a whole night of Standards or Country, you get a little of every genre.-that means something for everyone but in Karaoke form.
Singers often have to wait an hour or more for their turns in the rotation. They would go elsewhere if the host decided he or she was going to put the radio on or become a DJ for any length of time. Go to a bar that does not have Karaoke if that is not what you want to hear. Simple as thatsince there are lots to choose from!
As for the food. Emma and her staff do an amazing job in that tiny kitchen. They produce great food with lots too choose from and at very good prices. If someone said they have very little selection i would say they have a manageable menu and in fact when they first started I told them they were very ambitious to offer so many options especially for breakfast with the limited kitchen they had to work with. |They prove me wrong all the time. Exceptions happen of course. Staff may not show up for their shifts and restaurants all suffer from this but many have large staffs and can cover easily for the missing man. Emma has minimal staff and manages to continue serving good food as fast as she can. Staffing more heavily would be possible with more room to manoeuvre and consistent crowds of customers but one day the place is standing room only the next it may be only half full.
This is a Corner Pub...they serve alcohol....but don't think for a minute that if I am there at 10:30 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon that I am unemployed or that the others there are either. The people assessing the patrons must not have heard of shift work, people who work outside the 9-5 Monday to Friday or early retirement.
You get all kinds of people here. I work in an office, my friends who also frequent the Corner Pub range from retired teachers, construction workers, truck drivers, accountants, factory workers and people who on disability pensions who would much rather be working and of course lots of retirees. Come out often and you too will become a friend.
The friends have been known to move over and join another table just to give a newcomer a table, they’ll share their newspapers with you too. I like the fact that I am a woman and can feel safe and comfortable going into the Corner Pub alone. I don’t know of any other “bar” that serves alcohol that I can say that about. I know when I go in there will be regulars who will make me feel welcome and that the staff knows how I take my coffee, the way I like my eggs and whether I want brown, white or rye toast.
If you happen to go in when one of “those” moments happen in the kitchen try and remember the cooks are the same as you and I. They have “days” just like us. Remember they are not hidden away in the back somewhere where you never see how your meal is being created. So yes you may see or hear something not meant for your ears or eyes. They don’t have the comfort of hiding nor the time to go vent out of ear shot or eye sight. If you think they should be perfect let’s see you be perfect all the time…then try doing their job. I have worked in customer service over the years….it is one tough job and most people couldn’t be paid enough to do it. These are people who do it for payment most people wouldn’t work for.
I won't even start on bartenders and their jobs.
The food here, what limited options you get, are sound. I don't know if they have an online menu, but check it before you go.
The place has a bit of a schizophrenic atmosphere, because it's called a "pub" but the owner considers it a "restaurant". Well, what is it? Can I swear here? Can I bring my kids here? Basically, you can't do either.
The owner may have her opinion but here's mine:
There's nothing high class about it so don't expect fine dining if you come here. It's located in one of the sketchiest parts of Kitchener so, if you're a hippy or social experimenter, then yeah, you can probably get some entertainment out of the company who happens to drift in. Maybe me, love to meet you!
Functionally, it really is a pub, as is advertised on the nameplate outside. "PUB" to me means a place to drink booze and meet people casually over a few drinks. That's exactly what this place is, and it's cheap. You can get food here that's better than "pub food" but certainly less than gourmet or restaurant food; and the prices are cheap. It's close to the Delta Hotel but that's it. Probability says that this place is mostly full of seniors and random unemployed people; management seems to be a bit hostile to the younger gentrification type. That being said, it's no reason for discouragement.
It is not gay friendly and unless you're a local you will probably feel unwelcome here.
Great little Pub
Some of the coldest draft around!!
Spoiler Alert - This is a pub not a restaurant....it has good pub food(however no deepfryer - so no wings/fries)
And for the homer who reviewed this place complaining about the prices, only getting a loonie, and being dumb enough to pay them for tap water....You need to get out more often
$4 a drink is not high at all(that is tax in)....don't know what math you came up with to figure you're giving the 25% tip or 50% tip....it would only be 25%...
if you bought 2 drinks $8 and happen to get a toonie...that would still only be a 25% tip if thats what you leave them....give them a tip after you have gotten a few if its a problem....or ask for quarters....